In 1996, Cyberpunk freedom fighters were raiding evil corporate agendas and fighting brain-draining AIs. And although most of us had dial-up at the time, such intrigue was the daily operation for players of the collectible card game Netrunner.

Netrunner was based on the role-playing game Cyberpunk 2020 and released by Wizards of The Coast, the collectible card game heavyweight behind Magic: The Gathering. Even though the idea of portraying a cyberpunk hacker using playing cards is charmingly anachronistic (plus some of the computer art looks like production stills from Lawnmower Man), Netrunner attracted such artistic legends as Moebius and overall contains some of the finest artwork from the 20th century heyday of collectible card games.

[via Netrunner Online]

"Raptor" by Higgins & King

"Zombie" by Pete Venters

"AI Board Member" by Moebius

"Afreet" by Mike Kimble

"Death Yo-Yo" by Norm Dwyer

"Cybertech Think Tank" by Rick Berry

"Broker" by Armand Cabrera

"Tokyo-Chiba Infighting" by Mark Collen

"Matador" by Mark Tedin

"Imperial Guard" by Douglas Shuler

"MS-todon" by Douglas Shuler

"Rio de Janeiro City Grid" by Pete Venters

"Skullcap" by Craig Hooper

"Short-Term Contract" by James A. Higgins

"Dupre" by Robert McLees

"Sphinx 2006" by Daniel Gelon

"Code Corpse" by Brian Booker

"Big Frackin Gun" by Doug Shuler

"Shock Treatment" by Doug Chaffee

"Spinal Tap Cybermodem" by Clint Langley