Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Name of Card Set: ALF
Production Company: Alien Productions
Distribution Company:The Topps Company, Inc.
Year of Production: 1987
Pack Contents: 5 Cards, 1 Sticker, 1 stick bubble gum


Residing comfortably at the top of the list of "Worst Television Shows Ever" is ALF. The story was fairly simple (and ridiculous!)...centering around the title character Gordon Shumway, a friendly extraterrestrial nicknamed ALF (an acronym for Alien Life Form), who crash lands in the garage of a suburban middle class family. Sounds pretty atrocious, yet it managed to remain popular on NBC for over 4 years. I can't imagine there was a big demand...but for some reason Topps decided to make a card set featuring the TV series. Without further ado...

As you can see above, the cards featured random scenes from the television show, complete with a caption of the hilarity taking place on screen. The back featured either information about the "Life & Times" of li'l ol' Gordon...or a puzzle piece. The production value of the set is pretty much on-par with the rest of the 80's Topps releases...not great, but not bad at the same time.

There were a couple of subsets to the ALF release as each pack contained one sticker and one "Bouillabaseball" card. The baseball cards portrayed aliens as a ball players - complete with random team names and player names. The stickers were more of a 'character card'...featuring personalities from the show and a little quote.

All-in-all, this set is best used to remind everyone just how fantastic the 80's were. Honestly, what kind of drugs were people on to come up with this kind of stuff...let alone sit on the couch and watch it every week for 4 years??



Soupie said...

Wait, so I probably shouldn't have mailed you that life-sized, animatronic, talking ALF doll for Valentine's day? My bad.

Derek Ash said...

Literally the only reason kids went nuts over these were for the Bouillabaseball cards. They were pretty fun and imaginative. The rest of the pack was a wash. Those baseball cards showed a streak of imagination that the show, and by proxy the cards from the show, lacked completely.

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