1996 Sports Time Beatles Checklist

By: Tony Frye

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1996 Sports Time Beatles trading cards are one of only a handful of Beatles sets released after the peak of Beatlemania in 1964.

Sports Time, Inc. produced trading cards — none of which were sports sets — for approximately five years in the mid 1990s with the bulk of their output focused on Playboy and Marilyn Monroe. This set of Beatles cards is a (mostly) chronological look at the entire Beatles career, including 1995’s Anthology project, with a selection of photographs that are heavily stylized.

Black and white photos are colorized. Color photos are colorized differently. And the backgrounds of most the shots have been removed which also eliminates a great deal of context. The reverse of each card contains a bit of historical context or trivia as well as the unedited image from the front of the card.

Unopened packs and boxes are not uncommon on the secondary market and complete sets can be assembled for fairly inexpensive. There were two 23kt gold cards that were sold separately from the boxes.

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1996 Sports Time The Beatles Checklist

Base Set – 100 Cards
Gold Records Foil Stamp – 12 Cards, 1:7
Signature Series – 4 Cards, 1:144
Magical Mystery Tour – 5 Cards, 1:36
Meet the Beatles – 10 Cards, 1:14

Base Set

1Still unequaled is The Beatles’ chart dominance…
2A moody 1965 shot by Robert Freeman…
3Early Beatles photographer Dezo Hoffmann captured this…
4The Beatles showcased their wide rock ‘n’ roll repertoire…
5The first of the three “Beatles Anthology,” issued…
6Live from Miami Beach, The Beatles…
7The Beatles donned their “Sgt. Pepper” uniforms…
8The Beatles take a break from recording “The Inner Light”…
9“Fabulous” and other British teen magazines…
10“A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles’ first movie…
11A July 2, 1963, Dezo Hoffmann shot of The Beatles…
12In the midst of a March ’63 tour with Chris Montez…
13Bob Whitaker took this dignified portrait March 25…
14The 1965 film “Help!” parodied the spy movie craze…
15With triumphant tours of Europe, Australia and America…
16An Ethan Russell shot of the Fab Four…
17Celebrating “I Want to Hold Your Hand” hitting No. 1…
18Bob Whitaker, who took some of the most unusual Beatles…
19This unusually atmospheric 1962 Peter Kaye shot…
20Beatlemania was making headlines all over England…
21The Beatles mark their first official recording session…
22Part of The Beatles’ charm was a casual style…
23This Dezo Hoffmann shot shows The Beatles…
24Just about a week after The Beatles returned…
25Their fame in Britain was growing by leaps and bounds…
26Over the top? Maybe, but The Beatles would occasionally…
27Another gritty ’62 Peter Kaye publicity shot…
28This acrobatic March 5, 1963, pose for EMI photographer…
29This lighthearted shot of the Fab Four from April…
30Blocks of polystyrene were among the props…
31One of the last shots ever taken of The Beatles…
32This January 1967 publicity shot for the “Penny Lane”…
33The “Revolution” promotional video…
34Dawning of a new age: the mustached Beatles…
35Any way you ook at it, The Beatles were quite photogenic…
36John Lennon’s Littenhurst Park estate…
37Bob Whitaker photographed The Beatles…
38Photographer Bob Whitaker came along for the filming…
39The Beatles took a break from sessions for the White Album…
40During a day long July 28, 1968, photo shoot…
41The Dezo Hoffmann collarless suit shots from April 1963…
42Dezo Hoffmann captured the Fab Four…
43The Beatles were seen by an estimated 73 million viewers…
44Paris was plastered with Beatles posters…
45Robert Freeman took this portrait before a mural…
46Recording “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” …
47Two days after finishing work on the “Abbey Road”…
48The Beatles put on their old gray collarless suits…
49Believe it or not, the clean-cut Fab Four…
50A November 25, 1963 visit to Granada Television…
51On a July 2, 1963, London walkabout…
52It takes a Beatle to give a Beatle haircut…
53Among the most popular early images of The Beatles…
54Buckingham Palace scenes for The Beatles’ second film…
55In their last live TV performance before an audience…
56Between 1964 and 1966, The Beatles played three world tours…
57Popping up out of their psychedelic bus…
58Dezo Hoffmann captured The Beatles’ energy…
59The Beatles topped the bill of the November 4, 1963…
60The Beatles traveled by boat on the River Thames…
61The Beatles played a three-week engagement in Paris…
62Dezo Hoffmann took this shot…
63The Beatles are caught here by photographer Dezo Hoffmann…
64Their clever quips instantly won over the press…
65An August 22, 1962, lunchtime Cavern Club performance…
66Vive Les Beatles! The Fab Four joke around in French…
67A March 28, 1965, taping marked the Beatles’ last…
68This April 4, 1963, Dezo Hoffmann shot of The Beatles…
69Dezo Hoffmann catches Paul McCartney getting his 21st…
70The Beatles get back to where they once belonged…
71Paul McCartney was so proud of his Mark I Cortina…
72The Fab Four made up the entire panel picking the music…
73The Beatles play peek-a-boo in the flowerbed…
74Advance sales of The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love”…
75Taking a global approach to the message “All You Need Is Love”…
76The Beatles post August 22, 1969, in a paddock…
77Posing by a cypress tree on John Lennon’s estate…
78Making like musclemen…
79A May 19, 1967, press party…
80Go-karting for photographer Dezo Hoffmann…
81Wearing uniforms tailored for them…
82Dressed like Eskimos here…
83George Harrison came up with one of his best-loved songs…
84The Beatles sit on the steps of historic Cliveden House…
85The Beatles quickly became favorites…
86The year 1963 saw The Beatles release four singles…
87A masterpiece in the making…
88The “With The Beatles” album had just come out…
89The windblown look achieved with a fan…
90Old Beatle pal Klaus Voormann designed the “Anthology 2″…
91“Baby, you can drive my car”…
92A Bob Whitaker shot of The Beatles at Chiswick House…
93Still unequaled is The Beatles’ Chart Dominance…
94The Beatles filming a November 25, 1963, appearance…
95The Beatles’ second album in Britain, “With The Beatles”…
96Checklist Card #1
97Checklist Card #2
98Checklist Card #3
99Checklist Card #4
100Checklist Card #5

Gold Records

1Please Please Me
2With The Beatles
3A Hard Day’s Night
4Beatles for Sale
5Help!
6Rubber Soul
7Revolver
8Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
9Magical Mystery Tour
10The White Album
11Abbey Road
12Let It Be

Signature Series

1John Lennon
2Paul McCartney
3George Harrison
4Ringo Starr

Magical Mystery Tour

1The “I am the Walrus” segment…
2Directing themselves…
3The “Your Mother Should Know” finale…
4In “Magical Mystery Tour”, seen in Britain…
5Filming on the perimeter road and runway…

Meet the Beatles

1Wearing the trademark grey …
2I wanted to portray …
3Just before recording …
4At manager Brian Epstein’s behest…
5The Beatles were the first…
6This late ’64…
7The dozen giant white arrows …
8Early Beatles Publicity
9A July ‘6visit to the beach
10The Beatles’ June ‘6tour …