1968 Hong Kong Blister Packs

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Type 68H-A   Ten Card
   Type 68H-A   Ten Card
  • 10 Car back
  • Paper Insert (Wheel Slot)
  • Smooth Blister
  • Folded Tab Button
  • Printed in Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Cars only
  • Known as "Ten" cards because only the first Ten castings appear on the back of the card.
  • These are the first cards that Mattel created and printed, although not the first ones actually released.
  • Apparently these were put on hold and the 68H-B card was released first instead.
  • Conjecture is Mattel decided to use the 16-car-back cards for the first release, when sales skyrocketed everything was used, including these.
  • The cars in them are still early run cars, but more of the 2nd wave of production.
  • Very few are known and all are very rare.

Type 68H-B   Cheetah Card
   Type 68H-B   Cheetah Card
  • 16 Car back w/Cheetah
  • Paper Insert (Wheel Slot)
  • Smooth Blister
  • Folded Tab Button
  • Printed in Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Cars only
  • Known as "Cheetah" cards for the Cheetah casting listed on the back, which was later renamed Python.
  • These are the first cards that were actually released into production.
  • The very earliest casting features and variations can be found on these.
  • These are uncommon and are sought after by collectors.

Type 68U-A   USA Cheetah Card
   Type 68U-A   Cheetah Card
  • 16 Car back w/Cheetah
  • Paper Insert (Wheel Slot)
  • Smooth Blister
  • Folded Tab Button
  • Printed in U.S.A.
  • USA and Hong Kong Cars
  • The USA printed version of the "Cheetah" card appears here as it was also released with HK castings.
  • Conjecture is the same as the HK-Ten Cards, in order to meet skyrocketing demand they used USA cards in addition to the HK ones.
  • Why they could not just print more HK ones remains a mystery.
  • Very early casting features and variations can be found on these.
  • These are uncommon and are sought after by collectors.

Type 68H-C   CAPS VW Card
   Type 68H-C   CAPS VW Card
  • 16 Car back w/Python
  • Paper Insert (Wheel Slot)
  • Smooth Blister
  • Folded Tab Button
  • VOLKSWAGEN
  • Printed in Hong Kong
  • USA and Hong Kong Cars
White Paper Insert

Type 68H-D   Python Card
   Type 68H-D   Python Card
  • 16 Car back w/Python
  • Paper Insert (Wheel Slot)
  • Smooth Blister
  • Folded Tab Button
  • Large punch hole
  • Volkswagen
  • Printed in Hong Kong
  • USA and Hong Kong Cars
White Paper Insert

Type 68H-E   Python Card
   Type 68H-E   Python Card
  • 16 Car back w/Python
  • Paper Insert (Wheel Slot)
  • Smooth Blister
  • Folded Tab Button
  • Large punch hole
  • Volkswagen
  • Rear "Made & Printed in HK" sticker
  • Printed in Hong Kong
  • USA and Hong Kong Cars
White Paper Insert

Type 68H-F   Python Card
   Type 68H-F   Python Card
  • 16 Car back w/Python
  • Paper Insert (Wheel Slot)
  • Smooth Blister
  • Folded Tab Button
  • Large punch hole
  • Volkswagen
  • Printed in Hong Kong
  • Optional Ed Roth Stickers
  • Hong Kong Cars Only
White and Green Paper inserts

Type 68H-G   Python Card
   Type 68H-G   Python Card
  • 16 Car back w/Python
  • No Paper Insert
  • Smooth Blister
  • Folded Tab Button
  • Printed in Hong Kong
  • Optional Ed Roth Stickers
  • Hong Kong Cars Only
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Type 68H-H   Python Card
   Type 68H-H   Python Card
  • 16 Car back w/Python
  • Paper Insert
  • Ribbed Blister
  • ? Tab Button
  • Printed in Hong Kong
  • Optional Ed Roth Stickers
  • Hong Kong Cars Only
White and Green Paper inserts

Type 68H-I   Python Card
   Type 68H-I   Python Card
  • 16 Car back w/Python
  • No Paper Insert
  • Ribbed Blister
  • Folded Tab Button
  • Printed in Hong Kong
  • Optional Ed Roth Stickers
  • Hong Kong Cars Only
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Common to all 1968 HK cards
"Mattel, Inc. Toymakers" Logo
Copyright 1967

Button Tab Blister
Introduced in 1968 although print date says 1967
This is the classic "California Custom" package style with the Hot Wheels name in a flame logo.

Notes
Ed Roth stickers: Added to the Python carded Beatnik Bandits for legalreasons.
Some of these stickers show up on non-Bandit casting BPs.

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