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The X-Files Season Two Topps - 1996
Note: Included was a foil-stamped parallel set, distributed one card per pack. There were a lot of cards in this set that were rushed to the printer, then corrected in a second print run. At the bottom of this list I try to identify all of the ones that I know about, but please let me know if there are some others. The variations occur for both the regular and parallel cards. Thanks to Warp9 Cards and Dave Foster for updates! And Laurent Malgras (thanks!) reports that a French edition was also produced by Topps. Topps U.K./Merlin printed the cards in Ireland for European distribution, with packs that did not include the parallel cards or the foil or hologram inserts. These cards are virtually identical to the North American version except for the checklist card, which omits mention of the inserts. Tammy Alexandre (thanks!) observes that the "X" on the card backs is a paler shade of pink, which may be the major way to distinguish between the two distributions.
Box: 36 packs of 8 cards + 1 parallel foil-stamped card. Common sets: approx. 3.93 per box if collation were perfect. Parallel sets: approximately 0.50 per box. European Box: 36 packs of 6 cards. Common sets: approximately 3.00 per box. No. Title Profiles 1 Title/Credits 2 Introduction 3 Mulder, Fox 4 Scully, Dana Katherine 5 Skinner, Walter S. 6 The Cigarette-Smoking Man 7 Kaycek, Alex 8 The Lone Gunmen 9 X Episodes 10 2X01 "Little Green Men" 11 2X02 "The Host" 12 2X03 "Blood" 13 2X04 "Sleepless" 14 2X05 "Duane Barry" 15 2X06 "Ascension" 16 2X07 "3" 17 2X08 "One Breath" 18 2X09 "Firewalker" 19 2X10 "Red Museum" 20 2X11 "Excelsius Dei" 21 2X12 "Aubrey" 22 2X13 "Irresistible" 23 2X14 "Die Hand Die Verletzt" 24 2X15 "Fresh Bones" 25 2X16 "Colony" 26 2X17 "End Game." 27 2X18 "Fearful Symmetry" 28 2X19 "Dod Halm" 29 2X20 "Humbug" 30 2X21 "The Calusari" 31 2X22 "F. Emasculata" 32 2X23 "Soft Light" 33 2X24 "Our Town" 34 2X25 "Anasazi" Events 35 The Secrets of the X-Files 36 Conventions and Fandom Paranormals 37 alien abductor 38 Flukeman 39 alien experimenters 40 vampires 41 volcanic lifeform 42 alien bounty hunter 43 freakish twin 44 shadow 45 merchandise Production 46 the head of this ET 47 Costume check for three of the 4 48 the terrifying "demon head" 49 complex rubber bodysuit 50 Just before driving his car directly 51 A serene Agent Scully 52 Literally a mammoth undertaking, 53 A young lab assistant 54 What can only be a UFO zips past 55 The X-Files camera crew sets up a 56 Actor David Duchovny and 57 An alien contraption only a dentist Season in Review 58 Scully, recuperating in a Washingto 59 In Dudley, Arkansas, local 60 Sccully seems oblivious to the 61 Special meetings of high-ranking 62 Fox Mulder comforts a despairing 63 An off-screen Agent Mulder holds a 64 Eight-year old Samantha Mulder is 65 The amphibious Flukeman is killed 66 The clone of a woman claiming to 67 On a boat trapped in the Norwegian 68 A striking shot from the episode 69 Is this innocent-looking boy 70 The scorched remains of a human 71 William Mulder, a man tormented by 72 The Truth Is Out There Checklist 72 The Truth Is Out There Checklist (European printing; omits reference to chase cards) CHASE CARDS Etched Foils (1:12 packs) i1 "Trepanning Opera" i2 Silent Cities of the Mind, Part One i3 Silent Cities of the Mind, Part Two i4 Feelings of Unreality, Part One: Wheels Within Wheels i5 Feelings of Unreality, Part Two: The Ancient of Days i6 Feelings of Unreality, Part Three: The Nightmare of History 3-D Holograms (1:18 packs) X1 Agents Mulder and Scully X2 Dana Scully X3 The Truth is Out There X4 "Scully and Mulder" Uncut Sheet (Case Bonus) -- (6-card panel of etched foils i1-i6) Card Album -- (Binder; same for first three series) PROMO CARDS 0 (Art by Miran Kim; X-Files Magazine) P1 (Levitating person; Combo) P1 (Same image as above, inset in 5-3/8" x 7-1/2" sheet) P2 (Mulder & Scully, blue light) P3 (Human tapeworm; Advance) P4 (Alien skeleton; Cards Illustrated) P5 (Old Mulder; dealer promo and conventions) -- (snake, Mulder, Scully, flying saucer; 6-1/2" x 10"; art by Miran Kim; also promotes Season 1, MasterVisions, and other X-Files properties) CARD VARIATIONS These cards were issued initially with errors that were corrected in a later print run. The "variation" (original) cards are quite rare in the North Ameri- can distribution, but were common with the European printing. There may be more of these than I list below; I show the affected text before and after the change. Card #7 may have been discovered by Topps after the other cards were corrected, because I purchased a box when the set was first released, and this is the only card on the list that shows the "variation" text. The Topps U.K./Merlin (European) printing shows the "variation" text except for cards 1 and 36. Card Variation (Original) Regular (Corrected) 1 (missing credits) The X-Files Created by Chris Carter 2 ... Mulder's parents. ... Mulder's parents and cloned sister. 7 The Cigarette-Smoking Man Smoking Man 10 The Cigarette-Smoking Man Smoking Man 11 ... X-Files is at hand ... ... X-Files-like case is at hand ... 12 destroyed electronic devices destroyed electronics 13 The Cigarette-Smoking Man Smoking Man 14 ... agent who claims ... ... agent escapes ... 15 The Cigarette-Smoking Man Smoking Man 17 The Cigarette-Smoking Man Smoking Man 21 ... policewoman unearths ... ... policewoman experiences ... 25 ... doctors who are identical ... doctors with the same face ... 26 ... returned sister ... ... returned loved one ... 27 ... various properties ... ... various property ... 28 ... U.S.S. Ardent ... ... U.S.S. Argent ... 31 The Cigarette-Smoking Man Smoking Man 34 The Cigarette-Smoking Man Smoking Man 36 (graveyard scene) (Carter photo) 37 ... alien abduction ... ... alien abductor ... Searchwords: jahoc, yr1996, mfrTopps, catXFiles©1998-2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2016 Jeff Allender. Comments, updates, & corrections are welcomed!