Now is as good a time as any to crack open these packs of Dallas Trading Cards (or Bubble Gum Cards, as it says on the packages). I've picked these beauties up over the years at flea markets and eBay it's time to get 'em unwrapped, catalogued and filed away...because that's what I do apparently.
These are from Donruss, a major sports and non-sports trading card company from awhile back, and were released in 1981 when the show was a juggernaut. As was common at the time, it looks like original artwork was commissioned for the wrapper. I don't know who the artist was (but I would love to) but here is his or her interpretation of the cast:
I don't recall Jock's bright red cowboy hat but other than that the likenesses are pretty good. It may be hard to understand the potential customer for collectible cards for what is essentially an adult oriented soap opera but you have to remember what a phenomena this show was. This was after "Who Shot J.R.?" and everyone and everything was all about the Ewing clan.
One of the first realizations you have when you are opening up 36 year old cards is that a stick of gum isn't meant to hang around that long. And if you want to keep your cards in good shape then you don't want them next to whatever that gum is made of because what you'll get is a fusion of the two:
Yeah, that's gum and yeah, those aren't coming off. Luckily, it only affected the first cards in each pack. The rest are in somewhat decent shape and they fall into a few categories (that I just made up) and they are:
"J.R., We Need to Talk About What You Did/Are About to Do"
"Looking Off Camera at Something"
And, of course, "J.R. Getting Shot"
Those are just s sample of the cards I got in this haul. Sure, there were some doubles but, overall, I'm happy with the outcome. I was hoping that there would be some text/stats on the back of each card but they went with the "puzzle" option.
The back of each card has part of a picture and when you put them all together you can see the image. I didn't have enough cards to get a good picture of the image otherwise I would have posted it. So I guess my only option is to get more cards....to be continued?!?