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Saturday, 2 April 2011

The Superheroes Swop Sensation

In 1982 Colin Penn Promotions (Durban) produced this great album & trading card set. The album has 70 famous DC and Marvel characters. These were card-stock cards with a description of each character on the rear.
These were great fun to swop when we were kids. This is a copy of my album. Wonder how many still have theirs from 1982? Or did your mom throw all your stuff away when you left home to go to university ...

The centre pages of the album promoted some gifts to buy - would be great to find some of these ...

For all you fans who wanted to see more cards - here is the set:
 
 
 
 
 
Great Memories!
Cards Envelope:
Hall of Fame Poster:
Thanks Seth for these pictures of the Order Form:



CLUE CARDS:
Thanks Jay for this picture of some of the Clue cards - a subset of 20 cards from this series. The cards were one-sided, the reverse side was blank:
 
If anyone has any more Clue Cards, please e-mail me:
g.vdr26@gmail.com

VARIANT CARDS:
Thanks Sue for this picture of a printing error (Shave & Gibson, Durban) - where some of the "Invisible Girl" cards were printed as "Invincible Girl":
If anyone has any more Variant Cards, please e-mail me:
g.vdr26@gmail.com

The elusive Joker card  - I can only speculate which image Colin Penn used for this prized card ... this was the image of The Joker used most often in those days:
Two seperate accounts regarding the Joker Card:

1. My friend Bobby Raucher (RIP) found the Joker card. His brother confirmed this to me last year in May 2011.

His brother Steven said that Bobby, as advised by Colin Penn promotions, sent the Joker card to them so he could get the free ride in the batmobile (ie get collected from his school by Batman and the Batmobile) -this promotion was televised on TV1 on the Video4/Video40 tv show hosted by Delia Sainsbury in 1982.

We presume as the promotion was over and the Hulk, Spiderman, Batgirl & a rather well-rounded Batman and the 1960's TV show styled Batmobile had already gone back home ie overseas....... Colin Penn Promotions could not keep there promise.

All Bobby ever got back from them was a letter saying sorry but unfortunately the promotion is over.
And to top it off...... they didnt send the Joker card back to him.

2. I met a guy who told me that as a kid in 1982 and based in Pretoria his dad found the Joker card for him and as a surprise didn't tell him. The dad sent it through to Colin Penn in order for them to organise that the Batmobile would collect him from school.
Colin Penn sent him a letter saying that the Batmobile had been sent back to US due to a malfunctioning engine. What he did receive was a letter and a large hamper of the goodies that were on offer in the catalogue in the middle of the sticker book like the pencil top super hero rubber heads etc.

That makes two Joker cards rumoured to exist.

Many Thanks to Gorkyvark for this picture of The Spider-Man Club Certificate, also produced by Colin Penn in 1982:
See Also:

68 comments:

  1. Hi Im looking for the Official souviner album for the superheros swopsensation, do you where I can get one from. I have the full set of trading cards

    email 2pwunder@talk21.com

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  2. Hi George,

    Do you still have a copy of this album? Are you looking to sell?

    Justin

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  3. Hi Justin
    This is my personal copy from 1982 - it is not for sale. You could try bidorbuy or a comic shop. Let me know if you have any South African comics - I am looking fo cover scans.
    Cheers
    George

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    1. Hi George

      I have 3 completed albums in excellent condition and PLENTY swaps
      I sent an email as well
      thanks
      Seth
      imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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  4. I got one ..same exact quality of what George has..

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  5. I have this as well. Complete with all the cards too. Make me an offer. :) It is in good condition, although the pages have yellowed a bit from time. All the cards are stuck in so that you can still read the reverse side. Only The Riddler, The Red Skull and Captain Marvel are bent where my friend started folding them over before I could stop him.

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  6. Gerrard & Derek - you are welcome to contact me via my e-mail
    George

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  7. My book is sold. I'm thrilled that it has become a treasured part of someone's collection.

    Besides, I think I got the best part of the deal which was actually collecting and swapping the cards in school as a boy.

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    1. Hi Derek

      How much did you get for the album you sold ?

      Thanks
      Seth

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  8. Hi Guys,

    Does anyone still have one of these to sell? If so, please email me on justin@buyingforce.com.

    Thanks

    Justin

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  9. Nice to see this collection.
    I had the album also, with all the cards stuck in but sadly I used one of those heavy liquid adhesives and it wrinkled everything. I subsequently lost that album. I remember collecting those at school, I was in standard 3 at the time. They would come in a yellow pack.
    I then used a duplicate set of cards (minus Batgirl) to make my own "Top Trumps" with character attributes such as speed and hand combat on the back of each card. These were plain paper stuck on the back with Pritt. I still have those, they are well worn now though.
    Brings back memories...if someone has a spare Batgirl I would be interested in buying it. Also interested in any unopened yellow packs.
    Thanks.
    Brandon
    slapntickle@techie.com

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  10. The other thing I remember is that if you were to find a card with the Joker on it, you could get a ride in the Batmobile. I think that was for this set, anybody know who won that?

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  11. Yes - I remember the Joker card Batmobile rumour - but don't know if it was just a story or not :-)

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  12. Awesome, I remember these, was very young at the time and was a bit destructive with my cards. Had the Superhero Swops, the Disney Swops, Garbage Pail Kids, Thundercat stickers, Looney Toon Stickers, Soccer Cards '92. The good old 80's and 90's.

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  13. Any idea what the souvenir album could be worth? A comic shop in Germany is interested in my album and I have no clue which price I should raise.

    emilblonsky@rocketmail.com

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  14. Do you have one to sell? Mail me at superbeige@gmail.com
    Thanks,
    Doug

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  15. What are these comics worth ? We have one, good condition with all the cards inside.

    Regards,
    Fay

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    1. Hi Fay
      You are welcome to contact me via e-mail for advice regarding this album:
      g.vdr@virgin.net

      Regards
      George

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    2. Hi George

      My parents found my complete book a few weeks back. Dont think i am going to get rid of it, but was wondering what the value on this is these days. I am sure there are not too many floating around

      Thanks
      Lars

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    3. Hi Lars
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Depends on the condition:
      You are welcome to contact me via e-mail for advice regarding this album:
      g.vdr@virgin.net

      Regards
      George

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  16. The famous JOKER CARD.

    My friend Bobby Raucher (RIP) found the Joker card. His brother confirmed this to me last year in May.

    His brother Steven said that Bobby, as advised by Colin Penn promotions, sent the Joker card to them so he could get the free ride in the batmobile (ie get collected from his school by batman and the batmobile)(this promotion was televised on TV1 on the Video4/Video40 tv show hosted by Delia Sansbury in 1982).

    We presume as the promotion was over and the Hulk, Spiderman, Batgirl & a rather well rounded Batman and the 1960's tv show styled batmobile had already gone back home ie overseas....... Colin Penn Promotions could not keep there promise.

    All Bobby ever got back from them was a letter saying sorry but unfortunately the promotion is over.

    and to top it off...... they didnt send the Joker card back to him. Bloody bastards!
    Its probably framed in Mr Penn's office.... thats if hes still around.

    Knowing how many of the boxes Bobby bought from my grand father's cousins corner cafe here in Camps Bay..... I don't doubt that this is 100% true! Bobby RIP!

    PS: If someone has an album or cards for sale... give me a shout! My mom threw mine in the trash during the Dec summer holidays when I was at my dad.

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    1. Mystery solved!
      Thanks for sharing this - had always wondered if this was just an urban legend.
      I have updated the post with a Joker image I suspect may have been used for The Joker card.
      George

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  17. My pleasure George. I too would have liked to have seen the artwork too... I tried to track down Colin Penn Promotions in Durban but I don't think the one of today is the same or its trading under the company name in a new field. I have 2 difference copies of It's Disney. One is my wives and she kept the extra promo pages in the album and Colin Penn Promotions had a whole 2 month event calender of Disney themed events and fairs. The one in Cape Town was 2-3 days long but as a kid in 1983 I never heard a thing about them via the playground. Do you want me to photograph these extra pages and email them to you? Regards Marc

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  18. Well if anybody still has one available would love to buy one, please email me at eltonwakeford@gmail.com

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    1. I have 3 completed albums to sell
      imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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  19. LOVE this. I still have mine! (well its originally my cousins as I lost my original)
    I never even knew about the Joker card!

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    1. Cool - I am looking for a picture/scan of the Hall-of-Fame poster from the centre of the album - let me know if you can help.
      Regards
      George

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  20. I will buy any card if you have cards to sell, please call or sms me, Rudi 078 097 8289

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    1. plenty to sell
      imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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  21. Searched high and low for a long time on any information on this collection and this is the first time I've found anything! I had two complete books as a kid as well as a full mint collection of loose cards including 3 question cards. All stored safe and sound for years, thrown out by my mom one weekend when we moved house! :(
    Thanks for memories.

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    1. me too, well just one completed album and my mother threw it away with my Colin Penn Its disney album. Luckly she kept my A-team Mission Dossier Album released by Arlenco toys South Africa via CNAs. No where else in the world!

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    2. Wow it's great to see the complete Card selection !! Had 4 albums when I was a kid and this brings back wonderful memories !! thanxx for the upload buddy...cheers :)

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  22. good day ya all.

    I have the 1977 Barbie printed by Panini, also the Disney Rama can't find any info on it; also have the It's Disney '83 and the Superheros. These are all complete collections, I would love to know the values of them.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi
      Thanks for getting in touch, via my blog - I am more than happy to help - please get in touch via my e-mail at:
      g.vdr@virgin.net
      Regards
      George

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    2. Have you still got the superhero album ?

      Please email me if you do:
      imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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  23. Hi, I'm looking for the Wolverine card. Does anyone have one to sell?
    Please email me at patch.wolverine@gmail.com

    Many thanks,
    Darren

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  24. Wow! Just wow! I remember these. The greatest card collection I ever had and no longer own. :( Been looking for these for years and just stumbled across this page by complete accident!

    If anyone has a collection they wish to sell, please let me know.

    Regards,
    Alex

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  25. Hi,
    I have about 290 of these cards available. Many duplicates.
    Please reply with your email address and I will contact you.
    Regards,
    Dirk

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    1. Hi Dirk
      Thanks for contacting me - you may e-mail me at:
      g.vdr@virgin.net
      Regards
      George

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    2. To Dirk

      Do you still have any of the 290 cards available? Contact me on bachelor.of.arts@gmail.com regards Marc

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    3. Hi Dirk
      Do you still have any cards left to sell...my e-mail address is kmudaly@mail.com

      thanks Kevin

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    4. Hi Dirk,when you say you have 290 of these cards,you are referring to sticker cards which has 70 characters?If you have those sticker cards please let me know on below email.

      janithagin@gmail.com

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  26. Hey guys. I see this is is an old article, but I was wondering if anyone is still looking for some of these?

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    1. Hi
      Yes - you are vwelcome to e-mail me at:
      g.vdr@virgin.net
      George van der Riet

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    2. I would be
      please email me
      imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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  27. Oh, this I haven't seen in a long time! Thanks for scanning and posting this.

    Unfortunately, my book was lost in a move may years ago - but collecting these cards was one of my most exciting childhood memories.

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  28. Amazing! I never thought I'd see this again. Brings back so many great memories. (I was in pre-school when this came out!) Thanks so much for posting!

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  29. Does anyone have a Mephisto card they would like to sell. Please e-mail me bev@randsafety.co.za. Thanks.

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    1. Yes I have one.
      Please contact me on info.agpleezdaddy@gmail.com

      Kind regards Marc

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    2. i have Mephisto to sell
      imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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  30. I still have my complete book too. Amazing that it has survived thru all these years. What a blast from the past!

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    1. Would you like to see it?
      Email
      imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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  31. Hi there does anyone have an album with all the cards or any lose ones must be complete collection though. Please e-mail me @ stebro31@hotmail.co.uk. I REALLY WANT to buy

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    1. Yes I have one.
      Please contact me on info.agpleezdaddy@gmail.com

      Kind regards Marc

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    2. Hi

      I have to 3 completed albums and plenty swaps to sell
      imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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  32. Hahahh. Amazing!!! Suddenly had a thought today to google this nostalgic part of my childhood and lo and behold here is the entire collection including the Joker!!! Thank you for confirming the Ride to School In Batmobile legend! I never knew whether it was just a childhood rumour or true!

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  33. Perhaps someone out there can help. I have a Superman and Batman number 1 printed by battleaxe press back in 1995. Both are signed with a certificate of authenticity and in absolute mint condition. Only 50 signed copies of each were issued and some were apparently auctioned off in New York by battleaxe. 20 years back they were already fetching 50 Dollars each. Does anyone know what their current value is? Any info would be appreciated.

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  34. Hi all. I have 58 cards of the 70 (plus a few duplicates). Id be happy to do some kind of trade or swop to complete my collection - and possibly yours.... Email me at fainmill@hotmail.com, where Ill provide a list of what I have and what I need...

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  35. I have this souvenir album in pristine condition with all cards filled and poster still intact in the centre.
    Ive owned this book since a young child living in Durban. Condition is better than the posted pcs here.
    Pages are not yellowed or bent or torn or worn

    charlestiger@gmail.com

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  36. Man what a great trip down memory lane. I completed one album and started a second but then the Disney collection took over. The last card needed to finish my book was spiderwoman. This was truely a happy innocent time in my life. Thanks for the memories

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    1. Hi Sean
      Do you still have your albums ?
      Do you still need Spiderwoman ? I have a that card available
      my email:
      imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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  37. Hi

    I have 3 completed albums plus plenty of swaps to sell.
    Any offers to imdidisdaddy@gmail.com

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    1. Ive emailed you 3 times now. Please get back to me with answers to my questions and I will gladly make an offer for all three albums and spares and the et album and spares. Regards Marc

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  38. Uremawife Nowdave16 February 2016 at 23:59

    Seth, I've emailed you.

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  39. I have a fully completed book in great condition, interested to know what it might be worth?
    Anyone with info in this regard please mail me
    vprojects@nortic.co.za

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  40. Good day.
    I have some of these cards.
    Can anyone give me an idea of how much they are worth today.
    fanieom@gmail.com

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  41. Hi there,
    Does anyone have a complete set and album available for sale.
    costas2501@gmail.com

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