Flashback Product of the Week: 1988 Topps Dinosaurs Attack!

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(Not a good day for the Falcons)

Yup.  That’s a dinosaur ripping through a baseball team like a Dallas Cowboys linebacker at an Old Country Buffet.  Instead of having aliens like Topps had with their 1962 Mars Attacks set, this time we had dinosaurs.  Just like Mars Attacks, the 1988 Dinosaurs Attack! set was a nod to all those B-movies of the 1950s.

The story is quite simple.  A scientific experiment goes terribly wrong and transports dinosaurs to the present time.  Havoc breaks out all over the world.  In the end, the head scientist, Elias Thorne, sacrifices himself so his wife can send the dinosaurs back to their own time.  This ultimately destroys the creatures in the process.

This story may lack originality, but it surely makes up for it with the artwork.  Its filled with some of the most bloody, gory, violence ever printed on cardboard.  I’d have to say that its right up there with a lot of those war sets issued decades earlier.  If you’re looking for scientific accuracy, this certainly isn’t the place.  A lot of the dinosaurs that are shown eating people weren’t meat eaters.

Dinosaurs Attack! never met the commercial success that Topps had hoped.  Perhaps it was too similar to Mars Attacks.  Plus it was 1988 which was a time when every card product was being overproduced.  The full set is made up of 55 cards and 11 stickers.  Director Tim Burton was planning to make a movie based on Dinosaurs Attack!, but passed when he heard that Jurassic Park was being made.  He settled to make a Mars Attacks movie instead.  Sealed boxes are widely available and can be purchased for $10.00 to $20.00.  In some cases you can get them even cheaper.  Original artwork probably carries the most weight when it pops-up for sale.

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