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KISS Cards - Series 1 (Blue Wrapper) Donruss - 1978
Notes: Poster cards 3, 6 7 - 20, 22 - 26, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 44 -64 and 66 make up a colour poster of all 4 band members with the Kiss emblem above them. The poster is a posed studio photograph. The other cards have the Kiss Army logo at the bottom of story as provided below. The name is the pictured member/s on the front. Thanks much to Andrew Holderness for the original list! A "variation" or "corrected" series was prepared when Peter Criss left the band and was replaced by Eric Carr. The card-back puzzle was also updated. The updated version was available only in multi-set "fun packs"; cards that were changed for this version (either card fronts or card backs) are shown with a "*" in the checklist below. The corrected versions are scarcer and are quite desirable for collectors. Corrected cards formed the basis for a 66-card series that was issued for Australia in 1980.
Box: 36 packs of 7 cards. Common sets: approx. 3.82 per box if collation were perfect. No. Pictured / Story 1 Paul - "We are in essence, with the audience...for we feel we represent the looseness that everyone can identify with. I think we are extensions of everything that has happened before us. We're the children of the last generation of rock" says Paul 2 * Peter- Peter theorizes KISS' stage theatrics as this, "We do what comes to us naturally, we work on creating an experience at our concerts, we concentrate on that evening's performance and the idea that we do our act for fun." 3 * Peter 4 Gene - Gene's passionate love for the macabre, science-fiction, and old Lon Chaney movies, played a large role in developing his stage persona. These personal fantasy flights take the shape of all that is sinister and dark...as he walks the stage like a space-age vampire. He was born under the sign of Virgo. 5 Ace - An interplanetary life, which exceeds time, space and light is the motivation behind Ace. Charged with hope for his future in space, he feels within his being that someday, his wish will come true, and explains it like this. "I eat, sleep, and drink my character. It is my fantasy to go to another planet." 6 Paul 7 * Group 8 Gene 9 * Group 10 Paul 11 Gene 12 Gene 13 Peter 14 Paul 15 * Group 16 Paul 17 * Peter 18 Ace 19 Ace 20 Ace 21 Ace - Ace made his vocal debut with his song "SHOCK ME", on the LOVE GUN album, armed with a guitar that spews forth a haze of smoke. It leaves little doubt that he will someday also make his debut on another planet. 22 * Ace 23 Gene 24 * Paul & Ace 25 * Peter 26 Gene 27 Gene - Gene, a notorious fire breathing reptilian and bass guitarist extraordinaire, has established himself as one of the driving forces behind KISS' dynamic visual appeal. His bass guitar quivers the message of his fearsome power. 28 Paul - Paul's irresistible power of love and passion reaches all. His impression of the unique image that holds KISS fans spellbound is this. "We feel our whole image is based on the use of imagination." 29 Gene Paul Ace 30 Paul 31 Paul - Paul, a Capricorn, the illustrious cupid of rock'n'roll and the hypnotic master of rhythm guitar. Paul finds himself struttin' through the hearts of millions as a titillating component of KISS sensuous image. 32 Gene 33 * Peter 34 Paul 35 Paul 36 * Peter - Peter, a Sagittarius joined the group in the Spring of 1972. He makes his home in Brooklyn. KISS' first ballad was written and sung by Peter. His performance is an all out effort of tremendous energy and instinct. 37 Ace Paul 38 Gene Paul 39 * Peter - Peter Criss expresses his "feline" instincts by the lines and whiskers that he paints on his face. As the drummer, Peter is the solid back beat behind the KISS sound.' 40 Gene 41 Gene Paul 42 * Gene 43 Gene - 1973 was the year that all the pieces fit and KISS was indeed a band. "In previous bands we've been in, it was each of us that stood out. Now it's a case where four people have gotten together as a cohesive and incredibly tight unit," said Gene. 44 * Group 45 Paul 46 Gene Ace Paul 47 * Gene 48 Gene 49 Paul 50 Gene 51 * Group 52 Paul 53 * Gene 54 Paul 55 Ace 56 * Peter 57 * Peter 58 Gene Ace Paul 59 * Peter 60 Paul 61 * Peter 62 Gene 63 Ace 64 Ace 65 Ace - Ace, a native of the Bronx, joined the group because he was "Fascinated by a bunch of guys who really wanted to work to be a supergroup." "Space" Ace Frehley was born under the sign of Taurus. His music is hypnotic and pleasurable beyond compare. 66 Group Searchwords: jahoc, yr1978, mfrDonrus, catMusic©2006 Jeff Allender. Comments, updates, & corrections are welcomed!