I didn’t cover the trading cards properly in this blog series, so this index leans heavily on catherine ⊕ yronwode’s web site. I somehow missed that’s that it was: It says “Comics Warehouse” at the top and doesn’t scream that it’s yronwode’s site.
I’ve included links to the ones I did write about here, though. For details on the rest, go to yronwode’s web site.
Eclipse released two types of card sets: The initial cards weren’t really trading cards: They were packs of 36 cards in one little cardboard box, and you bought it, looked at the cards, left them out at conversational pieces, and that was it.
In 1992, Eclipse shifted to releasing most of the sets as real trading cards. There were 110 cards in each set (plus some “chaser”/bonus cards), and they were offered for sale from Eclipse as display boxes
containing 36 foil-wrapped packages of 12 cards. Each pack had a random selection of cards, so you had to buy a lot of those packs to get a complete set. Or trade extras, as the name implies.
The sets were often also available as uncut sheets, and Eclipse also sold logo-stamped binders with 9-pocket sleeves to hold the cards.
It’s… quite a shift from being a publisher of graphic novels to… whatever this business is, I guess.
Most of the cards I didn’t cover were released during the final years of Eclipse’s existence; 1992-1993. They seemed to be publishing more trading card sets during 1993 than comic books.