Collectible Cards in Popular Culture: Movies, TV Shows, and More

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Collectible cards have been a popular pastime for decades, and they have become a mainstay in popular culture. From movies and TV shows to video games and literature, collectible cards have featured in a variety of media. Here are some of the most notable examples of collectible cards in popular culture.

Pokemon Cards in Pop Culture

Pokemon is one of the most popular and recognizable collectible card games ever. The cards have been featured in numerous movies, TV shows, and video games. The Pokemon anime series follows the adventures of young trainer Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu. It has been running since 1997 and has spawned over 20 movies. The Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) has featured in several episodes of the anime and has its own World Championships event.

Magic: The Gathering in Pop Culture

Magic: The Gathering is another popular collectible card game that has made its way into popular culture. In addition to numerous books and comics based on the game’s lore, Magic: The Gathering has featured in several TV shows and movies. The popular TV show The Big Bang Theory has referenced Magic: The Gathering several times. So has South Park, and a screenshot can be seen above.  

Marvel and DC Cards in Pop Culture

Marvel and DC Comics are two of the biggest publishers of superhero memorabilia. Their characters have featured on a variety of collectible cards. From Marvel’s Fleer Ultra cards in the 1990s to DC’s SkyBox Superman cards, there are a variety of options featuring iconic characters like Spider-Man, Batman, and Hulk.

Sports Cards in Pop Culture

Sports cards have been a staple of collectible card culture for decades, and they have been featured in numerous movies and shows. The classic baseball movie The Sandlot features a scene focusing on a Henry (Hank) Aaron card. Better Call Saul has several episodes in which the characters discuss (and steal) sports cards.

Collectible cards have become an integral part of popular culture, and their influence can be seen in movies, TV shows, video games, and more. Whether you are a collector yourself or just a fan of popular culture, there is no denying the impact that collectible cards have had on the entertainment industry. (And the audiences themselves.)

Published by James Milin-Ashmore

Journalism gradate, freelance writer. Sports, tech, online security, collectibles.

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