DC Universe Trading Card Sets
The series listed here are either JLA-themed or older/broader DC-themed sets. Superman- or Batman-only sets not included.
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1962. Topps Superman Tattoo Bubble Gum
Set of ≥73 • I own: A couple
Features characters from the Superman family, but also known to include Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern. These are highly collectible and can go for top dollar. If buying, make sure you look at the outside of the package, as some of these drawings also appear in the 1967 tattoos, below.
A lot of 43 sold for over $500 in 2012, ebay. The clipped ones below (upper right) sold in a lot for $51 in 2016.
1966. Topps Comic Book Foldees
Foldees were cards with three perforated panels that could be folded over in various combinations that produced supposedly humorous results. Super-heroes were on one side, and other characters on the other. From packs of Topps bubble gum. Unfolded cards are still perforated, but you can tell by testing them if they have been bent.
Sold rarely as sets, I am assembled mine for reasonalbe per-card prices, with a little patience. Many of my Foldees cost me $5-10 each.
In 2006, the Topps company began auctioning off the original art and some master sets which have appeared on eBay.
There is a near-identical set of 43 cards from Topps Canada that is slightly larger in size (2-1/2" x 4-3/4"). In my collecting, I have also acquired one European card that is multilingual.
Set of ≥56 • I own: A few
Features Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and Aquaman on the outside wrappers. The 56 depicted below are all the ones I have seen for sale. Scans courtesy of Karl Mattson and Maurice Lemieux.
Take care in identifying these tattoos, because a lot of the artwork first appeared in 1962 set above.
Some sellers must be consulting a price guide with crazed prices, because I have seen these listed for as much as $200 each. Mine were $10-20.
1969. Fleer Justice League of America Tattoos
Set of 28 • I own: Header card + 2 unopened + Whole set
This cool set features all the JLA members through Hawkman (which was correct for 1969). Though the outer packaging came in white and yellow, they both bear "©1969," and have the same tattoos inside. These appear for sale a little more frequently than the tattoos above, but are usually competitive auctions. I hate to say what I paid for a set of ten or so, but some auctions can bid up; a Wonder Woman single went for around $50!
Set of 44 • I own: One wrapper only • RARE
Colorful stickers featuring DC Comic book covers. Some are full-sized on the card alone and others are in groups of 4 to a card. Major heroes as well as horror, war and romance titles are highlighted. These are super rare, and usually sell for top dollar.
1974. Wonder Bread Promotional Stickers
Set of 30 (11 DC stickers + 19 Looney Tunes) • I own: All 11 DCs • Checklist
These were unnumbered and had a mini-comic on the back of each card (right).
1975. Wonder Bread Super Friends Puzzle Cards
Set of 20 (6 DC + 14 Warner Bros.) • I own: One
The Aquaman Shrine filled in a few more gaps in the story of these cards, and displayed some more of the Super Friends themed ones. Other than that, they are a mystery to me.
1978. Bread Company Promotional Stickers
Set of 30 • I own: 2 whole Taystee sets • Checklist
These stickers were printed in sets bearing the Sunbeam, Taystee and Langendorf Breads company logos, and one logo-free set as well. Cards can be quite discolored if they were exposed too long to the moisture in the bread package. Printed by Arnold Harris Association.
1979. Cracker Jack Stamp Cards
Set of 20 stamp-size (1.29" x 1.75"), adhesive-backed cards • I own: Whole set
These were also issued in Canada in Hostess potato chips. These sets come up for auction relatively frequently.
1987/1989. Great Heroes & Great Moments in Comics
These cards were distributed in sets of 8, and formed a 'backing board' for comics sold in 3-packs. They feature surprising array of characters and DC covers. Each multi-pack of comics included 3 consecutive issues of Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman. They were shrink-wrapped on a "trading card" backing board. Each board contained 8 trading cards. Most comics were not first printings. Each series bears a different background design.
1991. Impel DC Cosmic Cards Inaugural Edition
Set of 180 + 10 hologram cards. 36 packs
per box. 10 cards per pack
I own: Whole set • Checklist
I like this set a lot. It was done by DC themselves and it reminds me of what I'd have loved as a kid. Also, they got tons of top-rate talent to work on the project, lots of legends like Murphy Anderson, Joe Kubert and Gil Kane. It's notable that there are no Batman-related cards in it, as the character must have had exclusive rights elsewhere. Cheap on eBay.
Most cards were drawn by each team's then-current artist (JLA = Dan Jurgens; JSA = Mike Parobek; Legionnaires = Chris Sprouse; L.E.G.I.O.N. = Barry Kitson).
Yes! This is what inspired the name for this web site. I liked how cheesy it sounded.
1993. Bloodlines by Skybox
81 cards + 5 Bonus Cards • I own: Whole set • Checklist
A truly wretched set. Thankfully I only paid $1.00 on ebay. I was led to believe there was a JLA component to the set, but it's all about the lackluster Bloodlines characters.
Some of the more "memorable" Bloodline heores
The JLA and Team Titans cards
1993. SkyBox DC Skycaps
54 caps + 6 foils
I own: Whole set; need foils F1, F2, F6 • Checklist
It's rather rare to find larger sets of these "pogs" for sale. I've been looking for my remaining foil 'caps for years and never seen them for sale. I was lucky to buy a near complete set originally.
1994. Skybox DC Master Series
90 painted cards + 4 Foil Cards + 5 Double-Sided
Spectra Cards 1 SkyDisk. 6 cards per pack.
I own: Whole set • Checklist
This set epitomizes what was bad about comics in the '90s. We were supposed to believe that paintings adorned with foil were automatically desirable. I can't recommend this set at all because the paintings are low quality. There's no sense of design for the most part (with the exception of the Green Lantern cards done by Tony Harris).
1994. Skybox DC Stars
Set of 45 + 9 puzzle + 4 foil. 18 packs
per box, 5 cards plus 1 puzzle card per pack
I own: Whole set • Checklist
Produced exclusively for sale at Walmart. Some of the art is recycled from the Cosmic cards. Fairly easy to assemble a set.
of 150 chromium cards + 6 Battlezone + 3 Legacy. 9 cards per pack
I own: Whole set • See a few • Checklist
This set is nice enough, but the artwork is not original. It's borrowed from existing DC art. Characters run a surprising gamut.
1995. SkyBox DC Villains: Dark Judgment
Set of 90 foil cards +
+ 9 Spectra + 3 Embossed + 1 Skymotion
I own: All except Villains Attack Embossed Card CC3 • Checklist
This set is beautiful, lots of dark imagery. Spooky paintings by Bisley, Sienkiewicz, Harris, et al.
1995. Fleer/SkyBox DC versus Marvel Comics
Set of 100
+ 4 Amalgam Previews + 18 Impact cards + 12 Holograms + 2 mirages. 36 packs of 10 cards + 1 Amalgam Preview Card per box
I own: All but the Mirage (super rare) • Checklist
Pretty generic artwork. There's not a lot of "versus" in this set, as many cards are single-character. Decent artists, but hasty execution.
1996. Fleer/SkyBox DC Outburst Firepower
Set of 80 embossed cards
+ 20 foil embossed + 2 holograms. 36 packs per box, 6 cards per pack
I own: Whole set • Checklist
This set was supposed to be used as a game. Artwork is typical '90s mass production, even by good artists.
1996. Fleer/Skybox Amalgam
Set of 90. 24 packs per box. 7 cards
per pack. Approx. 5 Power Blast cards, 5 Canvas cards and 2 Holopix cards
I own: Whole set. • Checklist
These were released to coincide with DC and Marvel's "Amalgam" collaboration, where characters from both universes were merged into one.
The JLA expansion set contains 197 cards (20 characters
+ 134 specials + 1 power card + 15 universe cards + 14 tactic cards +
1 mission of 7 cards and 6 events. Sold in 15-card booster packs
I own: Whole Superman/Batman and JLA sets
Overpower was a larger game enterprise that included Marvel sets. The first DC set was a massive Superman/Batman collection. The JLA set served as a sort of "booster" to that one. Some of the rarer cards but they seem to have come down in price, as people stop playing the discontinued game.
1997. Skybox KinGdom Come Xtra
Set of 50 + 16 sketch cards + 6
creator cards + 3 Kindom Classics cards
I own: Whole set • Checklist
Despite my reservations about Alex Ross, this is a gorgeous set of cards. Yes, there's a lot of recycled artwork from the series, but it's nice to have some extras thrown in here, like the promotional artwork and the foldout cards that tell you who's who. You can actually learn a lot of deatils behind the story.
2003. Inkworks Justice League Premium Trading Cards
+ 18 foil cards + 9 World's Greatest Heroes + 7 Lenticular + 5 Sketch + 1
Autograph Card. 7 cards per pack ($1.99), 36 packs per case. Friends and
Foes Foil Cards (1-per-pack)
I own: Whole set, minus sketch cards • Checklist
These are really fun and feature characters from the Justice League animated series. There is also a Justice League collector album and a limited, numbered uncut mini-press sheet of "World's Greatest Heroes." Only 199 sequentially numbered uncut mini-press sheets made.
2004. KF Holdings/Post Cereal Justice League
Distributed in Post cereal boxes. 7 total
Very similar to the Inkworks cards above, but a bit smaller and featuring different signature art for each of the seven members.
2005. Upper Deck Entertainment DC Vs System: JLA Trading Cards Game
Set of 220. 110 Common Cards + 55 Uncommon + 55 Rare. 24
packs per box, 14 cards per pack
I own: Whole JLA and Legion sets • See the cards
These fantasy game cards are made to work with other sets of the "Vs. System." The JLA set was sold alongside collector’s edition Deck Tins, featuring four different designs by Alex Ross. I couldn't care less about the game, I love the cards. Complete sets are rarely sold since the game is currently being played. From one booster box, I got 42% of the rare cards and nearly 100% of the rest.
Set of 50-Card base set + 50 Gold Parallel
Cards (1:6 packs) + 9 First Title Covers (1:12 packs) + 9 DC Gallery
(1:24 packs) + 6 Legendary Heroes (1:48 packs) + 1 hand-drawn colored
Sketch Card per box
I own: Master set (minus any sketch cards) • Checklist
Legendary DC characters as they have appeared in comic books from the 1930s to the present. Limited product run of 10,000 boxes. ($84.00 each). Sort of fun. Not as rotten as the next set...
72-card base + 18 Super Friends Cards + 7 Founding Members
+ 6 Other Earths Cards. Each case includes an autograph card signed
by Murphy Anderson. Incentives: every 3 cases = one hand-painted card by
Felipe Massafera. Every 9 cases = one hand-painted card by Bard. Every 18
cases = you get an "Archive Box" containing one sketch card from
each of the 39 artists. 5 cards per pack, 24 packs/box, 12 boxes/case. Each
box features a hand-drawn, hand-colored sketch card from one of 39 different
artists. Series limited to 6,000 boxes. ($84.00/box)
I own: Mini-master set (all but sketch cards) • Checklist.
This set is only for suckers like me... Some production people + licencing fees + Photoshop skills = very pricey, not very special cards. There is no real value-added text on these cards, just reproduced artowrk. An historical retrospective on the JLA, this set covers the team's history from 1960–69.
Crossover Pack 1: JSA DC Comics Deck Building Game Crossover Pack 3: Legion of Super-Heroes by Cryptozoic Entertainment Features the 3rd edition to DC Comics popular deck-building game, Contains 6 Oversized Super-Hero Cards, 22 Game Cards, & a set of rules, All-new Super-Villains, Equipment, Hero, Villain, Super Power, & Location Cards, This is not a stand-alone deck. A copy of DC Comics Deck Building Game is required to play
Base Set of 63 + 9 lenticular Work In Progress set (1:12 packs) + 9 foil, die-cut Lanterns set (1:12 packs) + Sketch cards (1:24 packs)
Custom binder features 9 exclusive promotional cards • 5 Cards per pack, 24 packs per box • $3.50 per pack
I own: None • Checklist