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THE TRADING TRUTH

MULDER AND SCULLY, AND THE HISTORY OF X-FILES TRADING CARD

It’s remarkable to think that after more than two decades, the truth is still out there when it comes to trading cards. The X-Files continues to be a force in the hobby, showing the same sort of staying power as such power franchises as Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel Comics, Garbage Pail Kids and just a handful of others.

On top of that, it’s now one of the only licenses in all of trading cards, covering both non-sport and sports, to have licenses with a pair of companies. Even today, major sports leagues are taking the exclusive route.

“Eleven seasons plus several movies in between have made The X-Files one of the most popular TV franchises ever,”said Steve Charendoff, president of Rittenhouse Archives, who along with Upper Deck are making new cards for the show. “As a science fiction franchise with many recurring characters and a plethora of important guest characters, it’s simply been a natural fit for trading cards.”“It has everything that makes a good card set,”said Allan Caplan, president and CEO of Inkworks, who produced X-Files cards from 2001 to 2008. “Most important is a very loyal fanbase. So people that don’t even necessarily collect cards—but they love Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny or the Smoking Man—they’re going to go out and buy it.”Between the new seasons, traditional reruns, DVDs and streaming, The X-Files endures. And cards have been there from some of the earliest stages.

THE EARLY YEARS

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