The 1973 Topps Kung Fu series of trading cards are inspired by the television show of the same name.
The checklist includes 60 images from the program set on a red backdrop and a large yellow “Kung Fu” on the bottom. The first 44 cards have a puzzle piece on the reverse side which can be combined to create larger photographs. The remaining card backs include descriptions of Kung Fu moves and practices.
Kung Fu description card backs contain the warning, “Caution: Do not use Caine’s combat techniques without professional training”.
In 2018, Topps included the packaging artwork in their series of 80th Anniversary Wrapper Art cards.
Cards from this set can be very difficult to track down in top condition. The images can regularly be found off-center, which is made more evident by the red background. If high grade potential is of no concern, a complete set can be compiled for fairly cheap on the secondary market.
A test run was produced that included blue borders on the reverse side of the card. The standard release had no color on the border. These blue borders can fetch a hefty amount among collectors.
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1973 Topps Kung Fu Checklist
Base Set – 60 Cards
|2||Grabbing gun with feet|
|3||Legs crossed on porch|
|5||Hand on horse’s back|
|6||Caine trudges through desert|
|7||Woman talks to Caine|
|8||Kung Fu training lunges|
|9||Woman’s hand on Caine’s shoulder|
|10||Light grey hat|
|11||Tea on the dock|
|12||Kung Fu practice outdoors|
|13||White hat, blue-green shirt|
|14||In cowboy hat|
|15||Caine and boy in red vest|
|16||Caine in woods with boy|
|17||Caine a knife-throwing target|
|18||Foot against gun hand|
|19||Caine at stable|
|20||Shirtless, left arm extended|
|21||Horse and Caine|
|23||Tea with the Master|
|24||Hands out in green shirt|
|25||Woman, boy, and Caine|
|27||Gazing ahead, trees behind|
|28||Fist to chin in training|
|29||Standing on rocky outcrop|
|30||Woman hugs Caine|
|31||Team against team training|
|32||Head shot in coat|
|33||With hat, looking stern|
|34||Hands out, dodging thrown knives|
|35||Caine covered by rifle|
|36||Green shirt, in pain|
|38||Palms pressed in training|
|39||Grab the pebble|
|40||For Murder Kwai Chang Caine|
|41||Brush in hand|
|43||Fighting with staffs|
|44||On boardwalk in town|
|45||Caine and Master|
|46||Two men fighting|
|47||Caine kicks Old West shotgun|
|50||Arms outstretched, right hand curled|
|51||Bleeding Caine left hand over head|
|52||Brown robe before tent|
|53||Lunging against shotgun|
|54||Black fighter descends on gold|
|55||Caine holding pink cloth|
|56||Caine on right elbow on floor|
|57||Caine with staff|
|58||On ground, wrestling gun|
|59||Fighters addressing, palms out|
|60||Caine crouches in tan/purple|
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