1956 ELVIS PRESLEY BUBBLE GUM CARDS
1956 Topps Elvis Presley is the first of many trading card sets dedicated to the King of Rock and Roll. Not just focused on music, it also highlights the beginning of his acting career.
Printed under the banner Bubbles Inc., the 66-card 1956 Topps Elvis Presley checklist has two distinct sections. The first 46 cards center on his music. Card fronts have a full-color photo and a caption that is inside a red guitar.
These cards are sometimes referred to as "Ask Elvis" cards because of the card backs. The top of the card has a blue banner that has the card number, an illustration of an operator and a question. The text below is meant to sound like Presley answering the fan's question.
The final 20 cards in 1956 Topps Elvis Presley center on his feature film debut, Love Me Tender. Card fronts have a color picture from the film. The red guitar from the music cards is replaced by a clapboard.
Card backs recap the film's plot. The blue banner at the top includes a film strip graphic with the card number and a bold caption. The bottom of the card has another banner that lists the subset as a "series of 20 scenes," further separating the two sections of the set.
1956 Topps Elvis Presley remains one of the most popular entertainment trading card sets of the post-Era. Singles, no matter the condition, continue to trade strongly on the secondary market.
Measuring 3.5" by 2/5", the set is also notable for being one of the first (if not the first) Topps sets to have the traditional dimensions used in most sets today.