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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS TRADING CARDS HAVE NO DICK

close-encounters1Trading cards were, for Generation X, a past-time like baseball to the Baby Boomers, but having to do with motion pictures like SUPERMAN and the original STAR WARS franchise. For some reason there were no JAWS trading cards (although JAWS 2 and 3D were covered), and let’s now center on another Steven Spielberg film, and probably his most personal… CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND was his first cinematic encounter that he wrote himself and that deals with UFO’s, something he would later revisit in E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL and years after that, WARclose-encounters2 OF THE WORLDS… The thing about the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS trading cards is something a lot of people miss… There are many cards with Melinda Dillon, the little boy and a lot of spaceships… The coolest aspect is the artwork to the bottom-left where each is numbered, a sort of dime novel rendition of the famous highway with the spray of light at the end of the vanishing point… Now to the real point: of all the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS trading cards, there is not one of the film’s main star, Richard Dreyfuss… We don’t know the reason but it obviously had something to do with his contract, or something… He appears in other CLOSE ENCOUNTER propaganda, and being a JAWS alumni it’s obviously not anything personal against the director, so someone out there, clue us in why there’s no Dick Dreyfuss on these cards… we’ll watch the skies for an answer.

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