These terrifying Dinosaurs Attack! trading cards from the 1980s traumatized an entire generation

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In 1988, Topps released its Dinosaurs Attack! trading cards — an extraordinarily graphic and brutal collection of artwork, featuring all the horrible things that could go wrong in the unfortunate event that dinosaurs (inexplicably) made their way to the present day. The series, which consisted of 55 cards and 11 stickers, is a tribute to a bygone era when trading card manufacturers were allowed to produce ridiculously gory cards for unsuspecting children.

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Here's a sampling from the series:

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Illustration for article titled These terrifying emDinosaurs Attack!/em trading cards from the 1980s traumatized an entire generation
Illustration for article titled These terrifying emDinosaurs Attack!/em trading cards from the 1980s traumatized an entire generation
Illustration for article titled These terrifying emDinosaurs Attack!/em trading cards from the 1980s traumatized an entire generation
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This story isn't complete without a link to the full set of cards (including the explanatory text on the back of each one), which that "So Bad So Good" link is lacking. You can see that there is sort of a story and the appearance of dinosaurs isn't totally "inexplicable", something about experiments with a "time scanner" gone awry and a sort of Lovecraftian Dinosaur Devil who takes notice of us (and grabs one hapless scientist) through the time scanner window...