Retro Scans: 1992 Marvel "The Uncanny X-Men" Trading Cards

For our final Retro Scan of the summer, I found this neat little pack of 1992 Marvel's "The Uncanny X-Men" trading cards!  

In the early 90s, the X-Men saw a bit of a resurgence in popularity, fueled mainly by the animated series on Fox Kids appropriately called "X-Men:  The Animated Series."

The series debuted on October 31, 1992, and ran for 5 seasons with 76 episodes.  The cartoon featured X-Men similar in appearance to the early 1990s X-Men comic books drawn by Jim Lee.  The team was composed of characters like Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Professor X, and an original character made for the show called Morph. 

You may be wondering by now what any of this has to do with summer and summertime memories...

Well, I specifically remember one summer morning, likely 1993, that my parents were at work, and I was spending the morning at Granny and Gramps' house next door.  That year in school, I had scored a "Where's Waldo" type book featuring the X-Men at one of the Scholastic Book Fairs.  Do they even still do those at schools?

That morning, I clearly remember laying upside down on their couch (as kids tend to do), searching the pages to find hidden X-Men.  I also remember running in circles in the living room as I imagined myself running through the different scenes in that book, all the while singing the iconic theme song to that cartoon at the top of my lungs.  

My favorite card here is the final image.  This hologram of Gambit was hard to scan properly while still showing the original image, but I think it came out well enough.  Gambit was always one of my favorites from the animated series.

While I'll admit, this set really isn't from the animated series, it is from the same era of early 90's Jim Lee drawn "X-Men."  Either way, these colorful cards remind some of a rainy summer day at Grandma and Grandpa's house. 


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