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- 1967-Leaf(now Donruss)
- 72 cards in the set
- The originals were put out for a brief
period of time in 1967. Rumors abound that they were pulled due to a
licensing problem and I have never seen an 'official answer.' They would
seem to have had a limited release and a regional one also, mainly in
the midwest. The cards are black and white and captions, pictures and
backs are not just sometimes incorrect, but downright funny. I would
love to hear how they came about with some of the things they wrote.
||Boxes unopened are extremely rare.
||Even empty boxes and wrappers
command a high price
I've heard a lot of different ways on
how to tell the difference between the reprints. The best way (correct
me if I am wrong) is the originals have a sandwich look...if you look
at them from the side, they are layered white, gray, white. They are
also, according to an article in CCPC, slightly smaller....measuring
2 3/8 by 3 7/16 inches. Now, we got into reprints...a touchy issue at
best! There are two basic kinds....
- The European set...this set is not
'marked' as a reprint.
- A set with a copyright of 1981 that
identifies itself as a reprint.
Better late then never I always say. I was recently approached by
RIchard Arnold, who while working cloesely with Gene Roddenberry years
and the merchandising division for many, had a front seat for the Euro
Dan Kremmar and his wife approached him in the mid-90's with the cards
he reported to have found in a warehouse. According to him, these are also from
1967, but were never released in the European market as planned.
According to Richard, "He sent me a
sample set to examine, which he told me I could keep, saying they were
worth something like $1500 to $2000. I immediately shot off a letter
to him, on my Star Trek stationery, telling him that the cards were
NOT an heretofore unknown version of the original set, but were in
fact a modern reprint, and not one that had been authorized by the
studio (I worked closely with Paramount's Merchandising and Licensing
Division at the time). There was no doubt in my mind that someone was
trying to pass these off as originals, when they so obviously weren't
(I had a couple of original sets myself).
A few weeks later I
got a call from someone in the M & L offices, asking me where I got
off writing a letter of authenticity for Dan and his wife. I asked
what they were talking about, and went over to their offices to see.
Sure enough, Dan had taken my letterhead, my signature and some of the
wording of my original letter to him and had fabricated a letter of
authenticity from me, stating that his cards were, indeed, a rare,
heretofore unknown European edition of the 1967 Leaf cards! It was Dan
and his wife who were printing up the cards (it turned out that her
family in Holland owned a printing company), and that they were hoping
to enrich themselves passing these sets off as real and selling them
for a bundle.
Paramount's attorneys then sent him a Cease and
Desist and demanded that he immediately stop printing up any more
sets, and to get rid of the sets that they'd already printed, but that
it had to be made clear that these were reprints and not original
1960s sets. Dan continued to dance around the edge of legality and
eventually he and his wife moved back to Holland to get away from
(Side note: an ad from Kremmer
states the Europen sets are the only 'legal' set as it is controlled by Paramount,
which is an interesting way of avoiding the real issues noted by
Richard above. Paramount basically gave their permission to let him
sell the sets to 'liquidate his stock and go out of business with this
particular item. The spokesman further stated 'the material is not
official Star Trek stock, but was done in an effort to make him go
away.'" Richard Arnold reports that the only official set is the
original 1967 set and that it was distributed in the US and Canada.
This is the text that came with the Euro set
The 1981 set is marked reprint, so at least
for this set, there is no risk of buying what you think is an original Leaf
card, only to discover it is a reprint , but there does not seem to be a
clear history here either. Who approved for it to be made and distributed?
Still, though there is some question about it's origin, reprints have their
place...many collectors are unable to afford a set of Leaf cards, but they
would like to see what it looks like and this gives them an opportunity
to do so. I am
not scornful of those who own the Euro set, I just would hate to find out
the cards had been made just a few years and and were no more legal or valuable
then he says the other reprints are worth. If they turn out to be from 1967,
then what a great investment those people made!
Certificate of Authenticity 1967 Leaf (European) Star Trek Set
This Star Trek Leaf card set was discovered in Europe in 1989 at a
former card producer's warehouse that has been in business since well
before the 60's. From the information provided to us, we understand
that these were manufactured in cooperation with Leaf for European
distribution only. Shortly thereafter, Desilu withdrew the contract
with Leaf, due to contractual difficulty. Upon notification of the
aforementioned problem, the European card manufacturer decided not
to issue them and stored them in the warehouse where they have been
until their re-discovery in 1989 by Dan Kremer, a European collectibles
Upon examination, The European set exhibits the following differences
to their American counterpart. The European sets were never gloss
coated (very few European cards were ever gloss coated). The cutting
was poorer than the American edition (the cutting machines in Europe
were early outdated cutters from the U.S.) The camera work is slightly
poorer (again, inferior cameras).
We hope you enjoy the very special previously unavailable set.
Dan Kremer Imports
Unlike the 1981 reprint set, this set isn't labeled as a reprint and the
consumer will need to be cautious in picking up cards to verify they are
what they are expecting.
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Differences between the
three sets: (anybody have any to add??)
- Original has a layered look: white/gray/white
when viewed from the side.
- The US reprint set has the back printed
in B&W and now a second set which has a light pink tone to the back.
- The European set and the US set have
a red border around the text and the picture on the back has a red,
almost maroon tint to it.
- The US reprint has a 1981 copyright
and says reprint.
- The Leaf and the Reprint are the same
size. The European cards are slightly smaller.
- The image on the European cards are cropped,
slightly less of the image (around the edges) is present.
- The images and text are much clearer
on the US Leaf set than the others.
- The Leaf set has more of a gloss finish
compared to the European set that has a satin type finish and the Reprint
set that is like the European set.
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88 cards and 22 stickers.
It has been noted that the ratios of cards to stickers is such that there
is not an equal number of card sets to sticker sets, with the sticker
set being the lesser of the two. This set occasionally gets called the
Captains log set, due to the fact that that is the title of the back side
of the card. Some of the cards even carry a form of free advertising:
"Be sure to watch for the new full-length motion picture." Since
these were packed with bubble gum and in wax packs, there are many
cards with stains. I also had one collector tell me:. "I've also
seen many stickers with front damage that looks like someone ran a perforating
machine lightly across the face, diagonally. Sorta looks like a packaging
machine process would have done that, rather than the actual manufacturing
process, itself. " (Thanks, Vince)
One reader noticed that
cards had either one * or two ** on the back of the card like this: *
c 1976 TOPPS CHEWING GUM. INC PRTD. IN USA. He discovered this possible
One * represented
sheet "A" and two ** represented sheet "B". Both were
printed at the same time and later separated. It is possible to put together
a complete set of either although one is no more valuable or difficult
to obtain than the other given enough singles to search through. (Thanks,
||This is a cool item up for auctionne (as of 4/22/9), an empty case for
the Topps 76 set. (Thanks, Andy for permission and Larry for noticing it!)
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||88 cards, 22 stickers.
Based on the first movie, the fronts show images and posed photos from the
movie. The backs for a puzzle of an image of the crew. One odd mention....card
54...Transporter Malfunction is actually a scene of Ilia and Decker playing
an electronic game. This set consists of a lot of posed cards rather than
action shots. The backs have plot summaries...incomplete actually, so as
not to spoil the movie? This set was also packed with gum and
runs into the same problem with stains as the 76 set.
||There are 3 different
wrapper designs in the set, the variations are in the ads on the side of
the wrapper. Boxes and wrappers are not as hard to acquire as the first
||These were also
released in 4 bread companies, Colonial, Kilpatrick, Manor and Rainbo bread
as both singles and uncut sheets. Manor seems to be the rarest of the 4
FTCC Star Trek II-1982
||Large size 5x7,
30 cards in set.
2 cards/pk, 36 pks/bx
ST II FTC, 5x7. Print rumored to have a print run limited to 7500 sets.
(See interview with the owner of FTC to see the real truth-end of page)
No captions on back, just the movie title. Some consider them more like
postcards than cards. Would have been nice if they had included a scene
of Kirk and Spock saying their goodbye's though.
||There are 4 different
Star Trek III-1984
||60 cards/20 ship
5 cards/pk, 36 pks/bx
Short text on back about the depicted scenes. Card #47 shows a shot of 'our
lady' as she falls from orbit, a nice dramatic scene. There is a 20 card
ship subset, showing the ships from this movie from several different angles.
These are not inserts, exactly, and should be included as part of the set.
||There are two oversized promo
cards for this set.
||FTCC ST IV-1986
||5 cards/pk &
1 spaceship, 48 pks/bx
60 cards. Slightly fancier back, with longer text. .Captions on the back
reflect the front's scenes.
|Q and A with
Mark Macaluso, creator of the FTC card sets listed above:
Questions: 1. What gave you the idea to do the ST cards?
Topps didn't do it, so I asked for & got the license.
2. Not possible now that Skybox has it all tied up, but what is involved
in getting the rights to do the cards.
It's pretty much the same for any card set. You call up the licensing department
of the company that owns the product you're interested in and if they have
any interest in having a set made, you negotiate an agreement. Royalty payments
3. Is the statement floating around that only 7500 sets of the ST II can
be made correct?
We made 18,000 sheets of trek II = about 250 12 box cases were made, the
rest who collated directly into sets.
4. Did you decide to stop producing sets or did something happen to cause
you to stop? (ie. Skybox took over, that sort of thing)
When Trek's 25th Anniversary came around, Paramount really wanted someone
big to take over - Skybox filled their demand.
5. How did you go about choosing images for the cards. film clips?
As part of my license, Paramount provided an assortment of slides using
guidelines that I gave them, then I picked the best images and used them.
6. Anything we don't know about the sets that you think we should??!!
Not really. All 3 series had really small print runs (under 350 cases).
No more can be produced. What exists around now is all there's ever going
for this page was gotten from Vince and NSU Issues May/June 1994 and Feb/March
1995 and CCPG, August 1994 ( Thanks Sam!!) . To
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