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1963 Hobby Trading Post Toy Model Advertising Cards (Nu-Card Reprint Series)
Dryptosaurus planning for keeps. (Card#4)
Source: The Dinosaur Fan Collection
This card was not included in the regular Nu-Card Dinosaur Series trading card set
Source: The Dinosaur Fan Collection
Unopened Pack of Two Cards (First Side)
Source: Jeff Quinn Collection
Unopened Pack of Two Cards (Second Side)
Source: Jeff Quinn Collection
String of Seven Unopened Packs (Side One)
Source: Jeff Quinn Collection
String of Seven Unopened Packs (Side Two)
Source: Jeff Quinn Collection
Dinosaurs by Edwin H. Colbert, Publication No. 70, 1960 containing the "A Simplified Family Tree of Dinosaurs" illustration by John C. Germann
Source: Jeff Quinn Collection

Set ID:374
Issuer:Hobby Trading Post
Country:United States
Product Category:Cards
Product Function:Advertising
Topic:Extinct Life
Size (Inches):36 @ 5-3/8" x 3-1/4"
Qty. Album Pages:N/A
Qty. Master Set *:36
Qty. Base Items **:36
Qty. Filler Items ***:0
Qty. Variations ****:0
Qty. Item In Scope #:36
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
These postcard-sized advertising cards feature reprints of the Dinosaur Series trading cards issued by Nu-Card Sales in 1961 but differ in that (1) this set only includes 36 cards; the first 35 of which have the same images as the first 35 of the Dinosaur Series set which contained 80 cards, (2) these cards are three-times larger than the trading cards, (3) these cards are entirely black & white as opposed to the trading cards which have aquamarine-like highlights and borders, (4) these cards have descriptive captions ranging from dramatic to silly unlike the trading cards which only include the animal's identification, and (5) the 36th card, which shows "A Simplified Family Tree of Dinosaurs", was not included in the trading card set. Collector/researcher extraordinaire, Jeff Quinn, has identified what appears to be the source of this image, a publication from the American Museum of Natural History called “Dinosaurs” by Edwin H. Colbert, Publication No. 70, 1960 (Images of the book cover and family tree illustration are provided above). The family tree was drawn by John C. Germann although the acknowledgement in the bottom-left corner of the book illustration is missing from the card.

Base on the images provided by Jeff Quinn, the cards were apparently issued in clear cellophane packages containing two cards each (see images above). The method of distribution is uncertain though its been theorized that a pack of cards might have been handed out to customers purchasing toy models at the Hobby Trading Post itself or perhaps at other hobby stores that carried Hobby Trading Post-sponsored models.

The backs of the cards advertise various hobby kits. From what I've seen, each kit was advertised on three different cards (see checklist below).

Thank you to the individual(s) listed below and/or to the owner(s) of the resource(s) listed below for contributing information, checklist data, and/or image(s) included on this page.
Jeff Quinn
Prehistoric Times (Magazine)
Kits shown on the backs of the cards: 119 = F8U-1 Crusader, 210 = Black Falcon, 374 = P B Y "Catalina", 378 = Regulus II with Operating Launcing Platform, 382 = TWA Boeing 707, 504 = Piasecki H-21 "Work Horse", 598 = U.S. Navy Task Force, 708 = Atomic Submarine S.S.N. Nautilus, 1602 = Twin Signal Set, 1604 = Crystal Radio Kit, 1611 = Fixed Crystal Radio Kit, 1617 = 1 Tube Radio Kit
Base Set Checklist
Click Imageto Zoom DB IDNumberNotesQtyCaption/DescriptionSubjectFantasy LifeIn ScopeDF Collection
11274116111Chamosuarus Saurischia Ceratopsia being ..Chasmosaurus
1127525041Prehistoric man shopping ..Homo
11276316111Wooly Mammoth, became extinct about ..Mammuthus
1127745041Dryptosaurus planning for keeps.Dryptosaurus
11278516111The "Thunder Lizard", huge, stupid ..Brontosaurus
1127965041Dimetrodon was nicknamed "tiger" ..Dimetrodon
1128071191Tyrannosaurus, the "King of Reptiles," ..Tyrannosaurus
1128187081The Phororhacos, a flesh eating ..Phororhacos
1128291191Terrible sabre-toothed cat ..Hoplophoneus
11283107081Lycaenops, half reptile, half ..Lycaenops
11284111191Early American, cat, Smilodon, ..Smilodon
11285127081Allosaurus the "leaping lizard" meat eating dinosaur ..Allosaurus
112861316041Pteranodon & TylosaurusPteranodon
11287143781A long-necked Elasmosaurus ..Elasmosaurus
112881516041The Pterodactylus, a flying reptile ..Pterodactylus
11289163781The gigantic Gorgosaurus must turn the armored ..Gorgosaurus
112901716041The giant elk was on of the ..Megaloceros
11291183781"Nice pussy, but go play ..Nothrotherium
11292193821"What sharp teeth you have, ..Mesosaurus
112932016171Neanderthal Man and the 3 bears. ..Homo
11294213821The Indricotherium, a gigantic ..Indricotherium
112952216171The duck-billed Trachodon, ..Trachodon
11296233821During the time it lived, the Machairodus ..Dinohippus
112972416171The Arsinoitherium lived in Egypt ..Arsinoitherium
11298255981A giant Dinichthys, monster ..Dinichthys
11299263741A family of Brontotherium, ..Brontotherium
11300275981This huge dinosaur, ..Iguanodon
11301283741Not a bird!!! Not a plane!!! ..Rhamphorhynchus
11302295981The Styracosaurus, a horned ..Styracosaurus
11303303741The Triceratops, a three horned dinosaur ..Triceratops
113043116021A prehistoric elephant caught ..Mammuthus
11305322101Except for the large down-curved ..Deinotherium
113063316021The Corythosaurus, the "helmet dinosaur" ..Corythosaurus
11307342101Taller than a 3 story house, ..Brachiosaurus
113083516021The tricky Ceratosaurus ..Ceratosaurus
49233362101This is a family tree of dinosaurs.Apatosaurus

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