This set of 1972 Exhibit Mutoscope cards are a series of Weirdo car designs illustrated by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth (1932 – 2001).
Roth was an American artist, cartoonist, illustrator, pinstriper and custom car designer and builder who created the hot rod icon Rat Fink and other characters. Roth was a key figure in Southern California's Kustom Kulture and hot rod movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.
Roth is best known for his grotesque caricatures — typified by Rat Fink — depicting imaginary, out-sized monsters driving representations of the hot rods that he and his contemporaries built. Roth began airbrushing and selling "Weirdo" T-shirts at car shows and in the pages of Car Craft magazine as early as July 1958. By the August 1959 issue of Car Craft "Weirdo shirts" had become a full-blown craze with Roth at the forefront of the movement.
This set of 16 Weirdo Cars cards measure 3 3/8 by 5 3/8 inches. Each card is marked COPR. 1972, EXHIBIT SUPPLY CO. PRINTED IN U.S.A. The set is in unused, near-mint condition.
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1972 Exhibit Cards Big Daddy Ed Roth WEIRDO Car Trading Cards Set