KISS (1978)

Ace Frehley of KISS Donruss launched their card set devoted to the rock band KISS starting in 1978. There are 2 series of 66 cards each.

To kids growing up in the 1970's, the members of the rock group Kiss weren't just musicians; they seemed like superheroes in real life. After all, they appeared in comic books; they lived the lives of celebrities; they wore far-out clothing; and they were never, ever seen without their makeup on. The Donruss trading cards were immensely popular with a whole lot of youngsters when they first hit the shelves.

The card fronts feature a color photo of the band or a single band member, usually in concert but sometimes in a studio pose, surrounded by a stylish frame line and a white border. The copyright line appears in small white type within the frame line, and the card number appears in white or black at the lower right within the photo. The backs are all puzzle pieces.

Following drummer Peter Criss's departure from the group, Donruss printed a number of 'corrected' cards to reflect the arrival of the group's new drummer, Eric Carr. These were apparently not issued in Kiss card packs, but in various venues such as the Donruss Fun Packs that mixed cards from several different sets. The cards that were reprinted with new images were 2 - 3 - 7 - 9 - 15 - 17 - 22 - 24 - 25 - 33 - 36 - 39 - 42 - 44 - 47 - 51 - 53 - 56 - 57 - 59 - and 61. The sets with the corrected cards command a premium in price.