1965 Topps

This set is the 1965 James Bond Topps/Glidrose set, sometimes referred to as the 1965 Philadelphia Chewing Gum set. This set shows photos from the first three James Bond movies: "Dr. No" (cards #1-18), "From Russia With Love" (cards #19-41), and "Goldfinger" (cards #42-66). The backs of the cards contain descriptive text. These were distributed both in wax packs and cello(phane) packs; interestingly you can tell the difference by the card stock - the cards from the wax packs have white cardstock backs while the cards from the cello packs have a darker, more gray, cardstock back.

The text on the back of card #11 outlines a classic scene from the movie ... "After skillfully avoiding Dr. No's armed forces on Crab Key for a full day, James Bond and his friends, Honey and Quarrel, were finally captured by the scientist's flame-throwing Dragon Tank. Even though the tank troops had handcuffed Agent 007, he kept fighting back as the soldiers mistreated his friends. Finally, hit over the head with the butt of a soldier's gun and in grave danger of radiation burns from the subterranean laboratory, it began to look as if Bond's luck had finally run out."

From Wikipedia, "Ian Fleming Publications is the production company formerly known as both Glidrose Productions Limited and Glidrose Publications Limited, named after its founders John Gliddon and Norman Rose. In 1952, author Ian Fleming bought it after completing his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale; he assigned most of his rights in Casino Royale, and the works which followed it, to Glidrose. In 1956, Ian Fleming hired literary agent Peter Janson-Smith to handle the foreign translation rights in the James Bond novels. He was the literary consultant and chairman of Ian Fleming Publications until 2001." Given that information, it is my understanding that the Topps Company actually printed these cards, under license from Glidrose.

The following are scans of all 66 cards from this set, in PSA holders!


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