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1992 Orbis Publishing Ltd. Swap It! Dinosaurs! Cards - Series 1
Regular Card
Source: The Dinosaur Fan Collection
Related Dinosaurs! Information Books & Poster Books
Source: Auction Website
Unopened Insert Card Pack
Source: Auction Website
Game Rules (reverse of Card Pack)
Source: Auction Website

Set ID:117
Issuer:Orbis Publishing Ltd.
Product Category:Cards
Product Function:Collector Issues
Topic:Extinct Life
Size (Inches):96 @ 4-3/16" x 2-1/2"
Qty. Album Pages:N/A
Qty. Master Set *:96
Qty. Base Items **:96
Qty. Filler Items ***:0
Qty. Variations ****:0
Qty. Item In Scope #:96
Qty. Item Out Scope ##:0
Qty. Item TBD Scope ###:0
      * Master Set (i.e., all items including fillers & variations)
    ** Basic Advertised Set
  *** Filler Items (e.g., checklists, title cards, ad. cards)
**** Variations (e.g., different numbering, text, design)
    # Items directly related to extinct life
  ## Items that are not directly related to extinct life
### Items I have not seen so I do not know if they are relevant
One of the best sets I have found (if you ignore the distracting "Swap It!" logo featured on the fronts of the cards). The artwork is fantastic and there is a very large and interesting selection of dinosaurs. This set carries the title "Series 1" but to date I have not found any follow-on sets. The cards were issued in distinct subsets; #1-25 (Yellow Backs, "Two Legged Meat-eaters"), #26-48 (Green Backs, "Long-necked Plant-eaters"), #49-70 (Blue Backs, "Armored Plant-eaters"), #71-90 (Purple Backs, "Two Legged Plant-eaters"), and #91-96 (Red Backs, "Recent Discovery" Dinosaurs).

There are 10 "Super Dino" cards which have a gold foil triangle and Swap It! Logo indicating that the card is a Super Dino. You will see "SD" next to the Super Dinos in the check list. Also, the six Recent Discovery Dinosaur cards (#91-96), indicated with "RD" in the check list, have gold foil dinosaur pictures and a gold foil triangle indicating that the card is a Recent Discovery. These cards seem to have had very limited distribution and are tough to find. In August 2018, I aquired a pack of cards which contained all six of the Recent Discovery cards. The pack containing these cards is actually labeled "Recent Discovery".

sd = Super Dino (Gold Foil Indication; 10 extra points), rd = Recent Discovery (All Gold Foil Card)
Base Set Checklist
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39052 1AdasaurusAdasaurus
39041 1AlbertosaurusAlbertosaurus
39063 1AllosaurusAllosaurus
39074 1ArchaeopteryxArchaeopteryx
39085 1AvimimusAvimimus
39096 1BaryonyxBaryonyx
39107 1CeratosaurusCeratosaurus
39118 1CoelophysisCoelophysis
39129 1CoelurusCoelurus
391310 1CompsognathusCompsognathus
391613 1DilophosaurusDilophosaurus
391714 1GallimimusGallimimus
391815 1MegalosaurusMegalosaurus
391916 1OrnitholestesOrnitholestes
392017 1OviraptorOviraptor
392118 1Pheadrolosaurus  
392219 1PodokesaurusPodokesaurus
392320 1StruthiomimusStruthiomimus
392421 1Syntarsus  
392522 1TarbosaurusTarbosaurus
392623 1TroodonTroodon
392825 1VelociraptorVelociraptor
392926 1AegyptosaurusAegyptosaurus
393027 1AepisaurusAepisaurus
393128 1AgrosaurusAgrosaurus
393229 1AnchisaurusAnchisaurus
393330 1ApatosaurusApatosaurus
393431 1AustrosaurusAustrosaurus
393532 1BarapasaurusBarapasaurus
393734 1CamarasaurusCamarasaurus
393835 1CathetosaurusCathetosaurus
393936 1CetiosaurusCetiosaurus
394037 1ChinshakiangosaurusChinshakiangosaurus
394138 1ChubutisaurusChubutisaurus
394239 1DicraeosaurusDicraeosaurus
394340 1DiplodocusDiplodocus
394542 1MamenchisaurusMamenchisaurus
394643 1MassospondylusMassospondylus
394744 1OpisthocoelicaudiaOpisthocoelicaudia
394845 1PlateosaurusPlateosaurus
394946 1ShunosaurusShunosaurus
395047 1ThecodontosaurusThecodontosaurus
395148 1TitanosaurusTitanosaurus
395249 1AnchiceratopsAnchiceratops
395451 1ChasmosaurusChasmosaurus
395552 1EucentrosaurusEucentrosaurus
395653 1EuoplocephalusEuoplocephalus
395754 1HylaeosaurusHylaeosaurus
395855 1KentrosaurusKentrosaurus
395956 1NodosaurusNodosaurus
396057 1PachyrhinosaurusPachyrhinosaurus
396158 1PentaceratopsPentaceratops
396259 1PinacosaurusPinacosaurus
396360 1PolacanthusPolacanthus
396461 1ProceratosaurusProceratosaurus
396562 1PsittacosaurusPsittacosaurus
396663 1SaichaniaSaichania
396764 1ScelidosaurusScelidosaurus
396865 1StegosaurusStegosaurus
396966 1StyracosaurusStyracosaurus
397269 1TuojiangosaurusTuojiangosaurus
397370 1WuerhosaurusWuerhosaurus
397471 1AnatosaurusAnatosaurus
397572 1BactrosaurusBactrosaurus
397673 1CamptosaurusCamptosaurus
397774 1CorythosaurusCorythosaurus
397875 1DryosaurusDryosaurus
397976 1EdmontosaurusEdmontosaurus
398077 1HadrosaurusHadrosaurus
398178 1HeterodontosaurusHeterodontosaurus
398279 1HypsilophodonHypsilophodon
398481 1KritosaurusKritosaurus
398683 1MaiasauraMaiasaura
398784 1MuttaburrasaurusMuttaburrasaurus
398885 1OuranosaurusOuranosaurus
398986 1ParasaurolophusParasaurolophus
399087 1SaurolophusSaurolophus
399188 1ShantungosaurusShantungosaurus
399289 1TenontosaurusTenontosaurus
399390 1TsintaosaurusTsintaosaurus

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