The KISS Army will love this upcoming card set

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Sometimes, the sellsheet says it all at first …


(Oh, and if it’s too loud after the jump, then you’re too old. I’m just sayin’.)


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Forget your baseball cards for a minute … the latest non-sport set from Press Pass will have collectors breathing fire, spitting up blood, throwing the goat and ripping packs with the dial turned up to 11.

It’s the upcoming KISS Ikons set, which consists of 90 cards — including special “fire” and “blood” parallel cards — along with authentic Gene Simmons stage-worn memorabilia cards and instant win autograph redemptions good for autographed photos of Simmons and Paul Stanley. (Oh, and it includes temporary tattoos and stickers, too, which are good for making that notebook of yours look like it’s 1975 all over again.) Each 24-pack box should cost you less than $50 as packs carry a suggested retail price of $1.99.

In all seriousness, it’s been awhile since we’ve seen KISS cards (1978 Donruss comes to mind, but there have surely been others) and with the band releasing an album and going on tour this year, they’ll surely drive ’em wild (and maybe a little crazy, too) all night and ev-er-y day.

If you’re not old enough to know, this is the band that kick-started the whole marketing machine in music with countless products and items to satisfy their fans. Oh, and they’ve sold more than 85 million albums, too.

So, the next question is … how many boxes of cards?

We’ll find out starting on April 15.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at


  1. chad shuster
    Posted February 25, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    i like this idea, i just might start buying up on non sports cards in the near future as well, Entertainment cards are the future of trading cards besides autographed cards.

  2. Posted February 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    This is the song my tag-team partner Greg Bettis and I used to enter the ring to during our seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade pretend wrestling matches.

  3. Posted February 28, 2009 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    “…it’s been awhile since we’ve seen KISS cards (1978 Donruss comes to mind, but there have surely been others)”
    Yes, there have…back in the late `90’s Conerstone released two sets [Series 1 and 2] of 90 cards per set and in 2001 there was a KISS ‘Alive!’ set released…not to mention a set put out in the early `90’s by American Images…

  4. Nate
    Posted April 1, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Could a resurgence in rock and roll trading cards be happening right now? With The Rolling Stones (Whosontour Entertainment) last year and KISS (Press Pass) this month, it’s hard to deny. I bet we see another “classic rock” set before too long.

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