Nostalgia is a funny thing. It has the power to tug on your heart strings and make you emotional from even the slightest memory of your childhood. Depending on your age, the Jackass franchise was either the greatest thing on the planet or the absolute worst and the beginning of humanity’s decaying state we are currently dealing with in 2022. At the time of Jackass’ MTV debut in October 2000, I was a fun-loving, 19-year-old teenager and well, let’s just say I became an instant, diehard fan from that moment.
After watching the end credits of Jackass Forever last month, two things hit me hard. One, is how much Father Time has aged and slowed down the original cast members. The movie was fun but featured nowhere near the insane stunts from previous sequels. Also, missing from the mix was Bam Margera and his family and friends. The second thing that hit me as I was walking out of the theater is that to this day, 22 years after its debut, no one has created a proper Jackass trading card set.
Sure, certain cast members have been featured in official sets. For example, beloved little person and one of Jackass’ “biggest” stars, Wee Man, can be found in 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter. Jackass’ main star, Johnny Knoxville, was featured in 2016 Topps Series 1 throwing out the first pitch of a Los Angeles Dodgers game. After that, there’s really not much else. All that changed when Fanatics Collectibles, through a company called ‘zerocool’, produced what will be the definitive Jackass trading card set.
Unlike Topps & Panini, who would never DARE to release print runs on their brands, zerocool laid it all out on the table for collectors. 10,000 total boxes produced, and 500 boxes held back for promotional and replacement purposes. What that means is that there are less than 3,000 of each base card in the set and with only 8 parallels, this product has a chance to explode on the secondary market. I’ve never seen that type of information available directly from the source and it’s likely we never will again, but I am loving every second of it.
As for the checklist, you will find all the main characters minus Margera. The main cast is all represented, including Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Dave England, creators Jeff Tremaine & Spike Jonze, and perhaps the MVP of Jackass Forever, Ehren McGhehey. Other notable autographs include skating legend, Tony Hawk, Matt Hoffman, actor/comedian Eric Andre, Rob Dyrdek, and the King of the 4 Rounders, Butterbean. All cards appear to be hard signed with no stickers.
One has to wonder if we may one day see a zerocool Bam Margera autograph. Word is Bam is doing great in rehab and has another six months to go. He’s even been getting emotional support from fellow Jackass cast members. One possibility is a Jackass Series 2 set with all new images featuring Wild Boyz, Viva La Bam, CKY, previous Jackass films, Bam Margera autographs, and even rare Ryan Dunn cut signatures. There’s still a lot of material for zerocool to explore. Here’s hoping this is not a “one and done” deal.