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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
Year:1963
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
Phobosuchus
 
1127525041Prehistoric man shopping ..Homo
Ursus
 
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
Mesohippus
 
11283107081Lycaenops, half reptile, half ..Lycaenops
 
11284111191Early American, cat, Smilodon, ..Smilodon
 
11285127081Allosaurus the "leaping lizard" meat eating dinosaur ..Allosaurus
 
112861316041Pteranodon & TylosaurusPteranodon
Tylosaurus
 
11287143781A long-necked Elasmosaurus ..Elasmosaurus
Pteranodon
Tylosaurus
 
112881516041The Pterodactylus, a flying reptile ..Pterodactylus
 
11289163781The gigantic Gorgosaurus must turn the armored ..Gorgosaurus
Scolosaurus
 
112901716041The giant elk was on of the ..Megaloceros
 
11291183781"Nice pussy, but go play ..Nothrotherium
Smilodon
 
11292193821"What sharp teeth you have, ..Mesosaurus
 
112932016171Neanderthal Man and the 3 bears. ..Homo
Ursus
 
11294213821The Indricotherium, a gigantic ..Indricotherium
 
112952216171The duck-billed Trachodon, ..Trachodon
Tyrannosaurus
 
11296233821During the time it lived, the Machairodus ..Dinohippus
Machairodus
 
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
Smilodon
Teratornia
 
11305322101Except for the large down-curved ..Deinotherium
 
113063316021The Corythosaurus, the "helmet dinosaur" ..Corythosaurus
 
11307342101Taller than a 3 story house, ..Brachiosaurus
 
113083516021The tricky Ceratosaurus ..Ceratosaurus
Stegosaurus
 
49233362101This is a family tree of dinosaurs.Apatosaurus
Stegosaurus
Trachodon
Triceratops
Tyrannosaurus
 
 
 
 
 

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