National Periodicals leading super-hero characters, Batman and Superman made the jump from the pages of comic books to living room TV sets in the 1950s and 1960s. Originally aired from 1952-1958, "The Adventures of Superman" series was a major hit with fans. This popular show went into syndication in 1965 and was joined on the air by the mesmerizing primetime Batman series in 1966. Some of the great merchandising tie-ins to hit the market were the 1966 Topps non-sport trading card sets offered here. These handsome complete and near sets are a collector's delight with generally sharp, clean surfaces, nice gloss and bold images.
1966 Topps Batman "Red Bat" complete set of (44) average (EX-MT to NM-MT), featuring art image obverses, this colorful set is numbered 1-44 with "A" suffixes and features puzzle backs with images of caped crusaders Batman & Robin, accomplice Batgirl and arch-enemies Joker, Penguin and Riddler
1966 Topps Batman "Blue Bat" near set of (43/44) average (EX-MT to NM-MT) numbered 1-44 with "B" suffixes, also with art image obverses, backs feature related captions printed against a large Batman logo, the one absent card is is #22B
1966 Topps Batman "Riddler Back" near set of (37/38) average (EX to NM-MT), often considered the toughest of the Batman sets, this black bordered series is formatted with color photos taken from the spin-off Batman movie also released in 1966, the obverses are framed to look as though they are mounted in a photo album with red corner tabs, the reverses are printed with "The Riddler's Riddle" questions with decodable answers at bottom, the one absent card is #23
1966 Topps Superman complete set of (66) average (EX to NM-MT), real photos from the TV series grace the obverses, while the reverses are formatted with corresponding text on the first forty-four cards and puzzles on the balance with actor George Reeves and a comic book image of Superman