Topps offering special Obama trading cards

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Barack Obama is already a Marvel comic-book superhero, so perhaps an "Inaugural Edition" Topps collectors' set of trading cards was to be expected. It retails for $1.99 per pack—or a 24-pack box for about $50. The 90 cards follow the 44th president's life from his boyhood in Hawaii through his college days to his election to the U.S. Senate and presidential run. Perhaps there's an action card of Obama proposing some legislation. The set includes 18 stickers and "a free poster in every box!" As befitting these times of austerity, bubble gum is not included. Topps has issued similar historical sets in the past. Some notables include 2001's "Enduring Freedom" edition following 9/11, and a 1963 set following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. There were even Lyndon Johnson vs. Barry Goldwater cards in 1964. An unopened mint-condition pack of that particular set is currently on eBay—a steal with the auction starting at $24.99. So far, nobody's placed a bid. Poor LBJ, never gets any respect.

—Posted by David Gianatasio