11/8/10

Retrospace Trading Cards: The 1978 Punk Set

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As a kid, I collected not only your run of the mill sports cards, but also scads of non-sports cards as well.  I had piles of Mork & Mindy, Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Charlie's Angels, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Battlestar Galactica, Welcome Back Kotter, Incredible Hulk, and even Three's Company cards! They basically all followed the same format: an odd little photo with a painfully cheesy caption.

In honor of those old non-sports trading cards, I thought it would be fun to create a Retrospace line of cards.  This time around, it's punk bands.  Collect them all!


black flag

misfits

charge

dead mans shadow

southern death cult

plasmatics

adicts

abwarts

lords of the new church

animal

GBH

chelsea

Note: All these photos were taken from Punk Lives magazines from 1981.  Yes, I know - each card has 1978 printed at the bottom. My bad.

9 comments:

  1. I never realized how lame and poserish a lot of punk bands looked. The Addicts was a punk band? Really?

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  2. I have far more non-sports cards than sports cards. I would NOT have collected these though, punks were those weirdos that spit on the band instead of clapping to show they liked it. ANd they had green Mohawks. Freaks. It was many many years later when I truly discovered punk.
    RetroHound.com

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  3. What, no Captain Sensible rookie card ?

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  4. jeez, you had me fooled for a sec! this might be a hit if you did it for real!

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  5. I think the Adicts were called "punk" just because they started in the 70s, "indie" wasn't used much as a label yet, and "punk" was being exploited by the record companies. (That's got to be worth some irony points, right there...)

    They were more New Wave, which was just starting to get noticed. Blondie was occasionally referred to as punk, too.

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  6. I think the appropriate card set to follow this one would have been "Punk Band's Reaction to Their Punk Card"

    raucous

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  7. Wow, I haven't heard of a lot of these bands, just Black Flag and the Misfits.

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  8. The Southern Death Cult became Death Cult and finally The Cult. Love love love them!

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