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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I love the 80's #9: 1981 Topps Movie Posters

In 1981, Topps released a movie mini poster set, which contained 12 different movie posters that were distributed in packs. There were 36 packs in a box and each pack contained one 12"x20" poster.

Here's the checklist:

1 Jaws
2 Superman
3 Grease
4 Airplane!
5 Star Wars
6 Rocky
7 Animal House
8 The Empire Strikes Back
9 Young Frankenstein
10 The Blue Lagoon
11 Revenge of the Pink Panther
12 Smokey and the Bandit

As soon as I saw that Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back were part of this set, I knew I wanted them. So a few months ago, I found a guy who was selling Star Wars posters for $4/each, so I purchased two. After shipping & handling, I ended up paying $10 for the pair. At the time... I couldn't find any ESB posters at a reasonable price, so I decided to be patient.

Then earlier this month, I found a guy selling a complete box with 36 unopened packs on eBay. After a small bidding war, I ended up winning with a final bid of $20.50 (+ $23.50 shipping). Nope that's not a typo... the seller is in Canada.

In addition to the box, he threw in eleven of the twelve posters in the set. Can you guess what the missing poster was? Yep... Star Wars. He mentioned that he was missing Smokey & the Bandit, but that wasn't the case. Plus... as luck would have it... he threw in an extra ESB poster.

The posters are 30 years old, so the quality isn't the greatest. In fact, the paper is pretty thin and the folds you see are a result of the way they were inserted into packs. But for $53.50... I ended up getting the following:

- A Box w/36 Unopened Packs
- A Complete Set of 12 Posters
- An Extra Star Wars Poster & An Extra The Empire Strikes Back Poster

Not exactly sure what I'll do with the box. For now... it's sitting in a box in my garage. The set is a keeper... just trying to figure out how I want to store them. And the two extra posters will either be hung up in my classroom or be given to my nephew who's a huge Star Wars fan.

Okay... your turn:

Out of the 12 movies on this checklist, which is your favorite and which is your least favorite?

The Empire Strikes Back is easily my favorite... and out of all of the movies on the checklist that I've seen... I'd say The Blue Lagoon is the only one I'd never watch again. I've never watched Young Frankenstein or Revenge of the Pink Panther, but I'd give them a shot before watching some guy with a blonde afro hitting on Brooke Shields again.

Enjoy the rest of your week... and sayonara!

Extra Edition
If you're interested in learning more about this product... I found a post over at A Pack A Day from three years ago. Pretty cool read.

Hiflew took the time to leave his top 5 movies in the comments section... so I figured I'd leave mine too:

#1 The Empire Strikes Back
#2 Star Wars
#3 Airplane!
#4 Smokey and the Bandit
#5 Rocky


  1. Wow, trying to narrow down to one favorite out of that list is a very difficult decision. Rather than that I will just list my top 5.

    1. Airplane! - funniest movie ever
    2. Young Frankenstein - you have to see this movie
    3. Rocky - it's hard to think of a better sports movie
    4. Empire Strikes Back - Spike TV is really starting to kill my love of Star Wars, but this is the best of the 6
    5. Animal House - FOOD FIGHT! so many classic lines

    I left off Jaws and Star Wars, not because I didn't love them but I think the others are just better.

    The only one I have never seen is Revenge of the Pink Panther.

    I think you are dead on with The Blue Lagoon, although I didn't like Grease either.

  2. Favourite??? Smokey and the Bandit? Animal House? Pink Panther? Who could choose?

    Least favourite... easy one Grease. What a horrible, horrible waste of 90 minutes of my life.

  3. hiflew - okay... i'll add young frankenstein to my must watch list.

    i guess i have to add my top five to the post, since you took the time to list yours.

    captain - looks like i'll have to watch pink panther too.

    both you and hiflew disliked grease. i remember watching it with my mom as a kid and singing the songs... but haven't seen it in years.

  4. So many great movies, but I'll put Star Wars at the top. I was 6 years old when it came out and it changed my life. My entire toy history from that point until I stopped liking toys was shaped by the Star Wars movies. I haven't seen the Pink Panther, but I'd place The Blue Lagoon and Grease at the bottom for sure.

  5. You have to see Young Frankenstein, if only for their version of 'Putting on the Ritz'.

  6. I agree with everyone else. Especially if you love Airplane, you'll like Young Frankenstein.

  7. This is an easy one, Airplane! is leaps and bounds ahead of everything else. I was never a huge Star Wars fan and all of the edits, revisions and prequels have killed off the interest that I used to have. I'm more of a fan of the effects and how the original movies were made more than anything else at this point.

    I remember watching Airplane! at least once a week on HBO when I was a kid. I ended up being a huge fan of Leslie Nielsen. I have a little inflatable Otto up here in the man cave. Amazingly funny movie.

  8. patp - glad to see another sw fan on here. another thumbs down vote for grease? i guess i'm odd man out

    hairy lemon & spastik - just watched young frankenstein... it was pretty good... definitely had it's moments. but not ready to put it in my top 5

    offy - i won't hold the sw comments against you... lol. at least we agree on airplane!

  9. Fuji, I've seen Grease more than once with my wife. It's not terrible, but it's going up against a great bunch of movies on that list.

  10. patp - lol... yeah, if i ranked all 11 movies i've seen, then grease would be towards the bottom too. but my guess is a lot of people just don't like it in general (which is okay... i don't mind being in the minority)