For the third time, the Donruss card company is honoring Carole Lombard by including her among its Americana collection. We discussed the first set, and her card in particular, in early 2008 (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/65132.html). Later that year, with relatively little fanfare, Donruss issued another set, called "Hollywood Icons," and this one also featured Lombard:
Sorry we missed that one -- I sense a lot of folks did.
Lombard is back in the third collection of classic Hollywood greats, and as was definitely the case with the first set and possibly with the set, premium versions of the card come with a swatch of Carole's clothing:
Donruss issued 500 of those cards with the clothing. (There is also a super-premium variation, of which only 25 have been issued, featuring a swatch about 50% larger than that shown above.) And I'd like to show you what the back of the card looks like, but I haven't found an example yet.
A "co-stars" variation is also out, and some of the pairings make obvious sense -- Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor, Gene Tierney and Tyrone Power, and so on. So who is Lombard teamed with? Fred MacMurray, her most frequent co-star? Nope. Either of her famed actor husbands, William Powell or Clark Gable? Uh-uh. (None of the three are included in the series -- one presumes their estates couldn't reach an agreement with Donruss.) Instead, Carole is co-starred with...
...George Raft. Okay, they did make two films together, but few link them as co-stars. Raft was rather promiscuous in real life, and here he does likewise (but with both genders; in the world of cards, not that there's anything wrong with that!), being "teamed" with two people he worked with in "Some Like It Hot" (Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis), along with William Holden and Edward G. Robinson.
This would normally be the part where I would link you to an eBay seller, but I'm not going to do so this time. I found about a half-dozen sellers of the Lombard Donruss cards -- impressive because the cards were only made available earlier this week. Go to http://www.ebay.com, type in "Carole Lombard Donruss" and you should come up with at least a few.