Interview w/David Waldeck Editor–Entertainment/Licensing @ Topps, Ent. Inc.

David Waldeck Topps
The Elusive David Waldeck…

What is your favorite card set to work on?
So far it’s a tie between Star Wars 30th and Star Wars Galaxy 4. I just
started something that may replace both though. The Empire Strikes Back 30th
set, which is also ESB 3D.

(Holding Mic toward David) You mentioned the Empire Strikes Back set, Will
there be sketch cards in this set? :)

Ha. What do you think? I can’t get away from them with a chainsaw and a
motorcycle.

What is the normal turn around time for a set to come out, from concept to the product appearing in stores?
Between 6 and 8 months depending on the product. Something like the
Masterpieces sets take much, much longer than say, Transformers: Sticker Fun
Packs.

One of your next sets to come out is Star Wars The Clone Wars Widevision.
What are some of the inserts we can expect to see in retail and hobby boxes?

Sketch Cards, Autographs, Foil Character Cards, Cel Cards, Motion Cards and
Foil Stamped Parallels

Other then Hobby shops where can we expect to find packs of Star Wars The Clone Wars Widevision packs?
Target, Walmart, Toys R’ Us…Possibly Rite-Aid and Blockbuster

Any other sets coming up your excited to get started on?
The Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary 3D

Do you collect Topps cards and if so what are your favorite sets?
No…not really. I am a massive, massive Star Wars fan. I have a huge
collection of toys ranging from 1978-now. I was one of those guys who was
holding the Star Wars candle in the late 80’s and early 90’s, you know when
KB toys had POTF figures for under a buck. But, as far as the cards go, I
keep a set and a box or two from all the projects that I work on. I also
have Some GPK cards, some from the Goonies and some Pee Wee’s Playhouse
cards. I did buy all of the Star Wars Galaxy cards in the 90’s, those were
and still are quite remarkable. That’s it though.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I look forward to your upcoming sets. You can get more info about Topps and their products HERE

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