Batman (1966) Bubblegum Trading Card Sets

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The Batman -- Black Bat -- Card 1
Batman - Black Bat series

Set Facts

Title: Batman Series 1
AKA: Orange Backs, Black Bat
Type: Cards sold via 5 cent wax packs
Design: Color hand-painted images
Verso: Orange back with story text
Genre: TV Series - Situation Comedy
Producer: Topps
Year released: 1966
Cards in set: 55
Wrapper produced: Yes

The Batman -- Black Bat -- Card 1
Batman - Black Bat series

Batman Series 1 - known to bubblegum trading card collectors as Batman Orange Backs or Black Bats, has a total of 55 cards in the set. Each card is a full color hand-painted image by several artists, the majority by pulp cover veteran Norm Saunders (Mars Attacks) and from pencil drawings by Golden Age comics artist Bob Powell. The verso features a short storyline that follows the illustration.



The Batman -- Red Bat -- Card 33A
Batman - Red Bat series

Set Facts

Title: Batman Series 2
AKA: Puzzle A, Red Bat
Type: Cards sold via 5 cent wax packs
Design: Color hand-painted images
Verso: Color puzzle piece
Genre: TV Series - Situation Comedy
Producer: Topps
Year released: 1966
Cards in set: 44
Wrapper produced: Yes

The Batman -- Red Bat -- Card 33A
Batman - Red Bat series

Batman Series 2 - known to bubblegum trading card collectors as Batman Puzzle A or Red Bats, has a total of 44 cards in the set. Similar to the Series 1 set, these cards are beautiful hand-painted images, with the noticible difference of red pinstriping around the border and a red bat caption. The verso features a short storyline that follows the front illustration, plus a puzzle segment drawn in comicbook fashion.



Batman -- Blue Bat -- Card 18
Batman Blue Bat series

Set Facts

Title: Batman Series 3
AKA: Puzzle B, Blue Bat
Type: Cards sold via 5 cent wax packs
Design: Color hand-painted images
Verso: Color puzzle piece
Genre: TV Series - Situation Comedy
Producer: Topps
Year released: 1966
Cards in set: 44
Wrapper produced: Yes

Batman -- Blue Bat Puzzle B-- Card 18
Batman Blue Bat series

Batman Series 3 - known to bubblegum trading card collectors as Batman Puzzle B or Blue Bats, also has a total of 44 cards in the set. Similar to the previous two series, these cards feature blue pinstriping around the border and a blue bat caption. The verso features a caption (the same as the blue bat) above the short storyline, plus a different puzzle segment drawn in comicbook fashion.

Batman -- Blue Bat -- Card 18
Batman Blue Bat Back

Set Facts

Title: Batman Series 3 v.2
AKA: Blue Bat Back, Blue Cape, Blue Cowl
Type: Cards sold via 5 cent wax packs
Design: Color hand-painted images
Verso: Color puzzle piece
Genre: TV Series - Situation Comedy
Producer: Topps
Year released: 1966
Cards in set: 44
Wrapper produced: Yes

Batman -- Blue Bat Back-- Card 18
Batman Blue Bat Back

Batman Series 3 version 2 - known to bubblegum trading card collectors as Batman Blue Bat Backs, also has a total of 44 cards in the set. These cards feature identical blue pinstriping around the border and a blue bat caption. The verso features a caption (the same as the blue bat) above the short storyline, within a large light blue bat.

Batman -- Riddler series -- Card 18
Batman - Riddler series

Set Facts

Title: Batman Riddler Series
AKA: Riddler Back, Black Back
Type: Cards sold via 5 cent wax packs
Design: Color photographic images
Verso: B/W text w/secret message
Genre: Movie
Producer: Topps
Year released: 1966
Cards in set: 38
Wrapper produced: Yes

Batman -- Riddler series -- Card 18
Batman - Riddler series

Batman Riddler Series, has a total of 38 cards in the set. The cards feature a color photographic image with a white border, red corners and a black border. The black verso features a white bat with the card number, a caption above the short storyline, and "The Riddler's Riddle" which has the answer scrambled below. Aligning the wax "Secret Decoder" over the two X's will reveal the secret answer to the riddle.This set is based on the 1966 "Batman" Movie.



Batman -- Bat Laffs -- Card 13
Batman Bat Laffs series

Set Facts

Title: Batman Bat Laffs Series
AKA: Number Series
Type: Cards sold via 5 cent wax packs
Design: Color photographic images
Verso: Color photographic puzzle piece with riddles
Genre: Movie - Situation Comedy
Producer: Topps
Year released: 1966
Cards in set: 55
Wrapper produced: Yes

Batman -- Bat Laffs -- Card 13
Batman Bat Laffs series

The Batman Bat Laffs Series, has a total of 55 cards in the set. These cards feature a color photographic image with a black pinstripe, a circle with the card's number and a white border. The majority of the card backs feature a large "BAT LAFFS" caption above a ridiculous question that somehow always incorporates a "BAT" in the answer.

The answer is in a much smaller font upside-down and below the question. A few of the card backs did not have a caption, but ALL of the Bat Laff cards feature a color photographic image puzzle.

PLEASE NOTE: The BATMAN craze was certainly not limited to the USA - it was a worldwide frenzy, with card manufacturers licensed to create almost identical cards to the Topps series above. In Canada it was O-Pee-Chee, in the UK and Netherlands it was A & BC Gum, and in Australia it was Scanlens. The images above represent the Topps/USA versions only.

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