Months ago while searching Ebay I stumbled upon an auction for a near identical GI Joe card restoration kit. The kit includes a brand new, un-punched card, and a bubble to put the figure in and then attach to the card. The card looks so good that you’d have to be an authority to tell the difference. I’ve been VERY tempted from the very beginning to get this kit but before we go any further, let say this – I DO NOT intend to sell my Joes. Ever. So the question then becomes “why do I want these?” A couple of reasons, the first being sheer curiosity. Will these look awesome? exactly how identical are they? Second, I LOVE GI Joe card art and having a chance to own an untarnished pristine card is an opportunity I can’t pass up. Third, carded vintage figures run into the hundreds of dollars and obviously having a complete vintage carded collection is unrealistic unless I were to win the lotto and since that isn’t going to happen, these are a cheap alternative. Just how convincing are these card kits? Take a look:
Picture 1 is the repro card that I purchased and Picture 2 is the original vintage card. Can you spot any differences? yeah I can’t either. Here’s the cardback:
Look REALLY close under the File card. See it? Right underneath the “Made & Printed in Hong Kong” print. That’s the only difference, a small hard to read “Reproduction Packaging” disclaimer. Curiosity finally got the better of me and I purchased the kit for 13$. I’m curios to see just how well these are done. If you’re interested in these repro cards, here is the Ebay seller link for you- beggars_canyon you’ll notice that he also has lots of Stars Wars and some other miscellaneous cards for sale along with other GI Joe cards. I’ll be updating the blog once I get the kit and have it assembled. Let me know what you think of these in the comments section below, I know this is sort of taboo in the action figure collecting community but I feel it’s worth a look if only for research and educational purposes.