Starting back in the 70's,
trading cards went through a renaissance of sorts. Sure, the quality of
the printing on the cards improved greatly, but what I'm speaking about is
the explosion of non-sports trading card sets. Yes, collecting the cards
of your favorite baseball heroes was always fun, but what kid wouldn't
want to collect an entire set of original Wacky Packages,
Garbage Pail Kids or
Dinosaurs Attack cards? No kid I'd want to know, I can tell
you that much for sure. From Ghostbusters to Star Wars, from Alf to Magnum
P.I., from the Incredible Hulk to Dick Tracy... if there was something
from the entertainment industry that interested you, chances are a trading
card set existed for it. Yes indeed, they were good times.
While there were a lot of
great non-sports trading card sets, there were also some that were really bad.
I mean really bad. But
bad in the "so bad it's astoundingly good" kind of way. Today I'm here to
pay tribute to what I consider to be the ULTIMATE of all the stupid
non-sports trading cards sets: Wacko-Saurs by Zoot! Believe it or not, someone had the
idea to basically rip-off the Garbage Pail Kids, and replace them with
dinosaurs in all sorts of WACKY situations. In many cases, "wacky" meant
giving the dinosaurs a pair of shades to wear and a funky hairdo. On top
of that they shared some "pre-hysterical humor" on the backs of
featuring some of the worst dinosaur jokes you've EVER heard.
The entire Wacko-Saurs
series is like one horribly bad joke presented in an awful Photoshopped
format, and as a result, I couldn't possibly love it more than already I do. It's
the epitome of awesomely bad. With all this in mind, I have just finishing
scanning in all 48 of the 1st series sticker cards (both 'a' and 'b'
versions) and am extremely happy to finally unleash them onto the web for
all to enjoy.
Just click on any of the card thumbnails below to see the larger, more
detailed versions of each card.
I've also taken the time to
scan in the backs of all the cards from my set so you can experience all
of the "pre-hysterical humor" for yourself. Commit these jokes to memory
and you'll have an arsenal of hilarity capable to bringing an entire crowd
to its knees in tears of laughter.
Last but not least, one of
the other features on the backs of some Wacko-Saurs cards was the
"Design-A-Dino" puzzle pieces. You would simply match up one of 4 pieces
and then rearrange them to create wacky new prehistoric scenes! Eat
your heart out, Flintstones!
And there you have it my
friends. I hope you can appreciate the purified absurdity that is the
Wacko-Saurs sticker cards set. They'll always hold a special place in my
heart, if not for the horribly bad jokes and the ridiculous dinosaur
pictures, it's gotta be because they actually thought they'd sell well
enough to warrant the creation of another set in the future. Why else
would these cards been called the Wacko-Saurs 1st series? But hey, maybe we make that
2nd series happen with some E-Cards (er, I-Cards) of our own! This calls
for action! That's right it's...........
a contest on our forums in which you must design your own Wacko-Saurs
cards. All you need to do is find a picture of a dinosaur somewhere on the web,
Photoshop (or MS Paint) some wacky things onto it and then give it
a wacky name just like you'd see on a real Wacko-Saurs card!
After that, you need to register an account on these forums (if you don't
already have one) and post your card design(s) in this thread. Once the
contest is over, myself and the other staff members will vote on the
entries! First place winner will receive a brand new FULL BOX of Wacko-Saurs
cards! Second and Third place winners will each receive a new pack of
Entries will be judged on humor. Whether you win or not, your entries will be put on
display for everybody to enjoy, so by all means, please enter as many wacky cards as you
like, you wackos! Good luck and may the wackiest people win!