1988 Topps Fright Flicks Trading Cards

1988 Topps Fright Flicks Trading Cards

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1988 Topps Fright Flicks is one of the most overlooked trading card sets of the 1980s. Featuring a mix of 15 horror films, it's unlikely that there will ever be another set like it. Mixing gore and comedy, it's the kind of set that delights a lot of kids and makes parents cringe.

The base set has 90 cards. Done in a similar style to the company's earlier You'll Die Laughing and Creature Feature sets, 1988 Topps Fright Flicks makes horror fun. It doesn't hold back on the gore -- there's plenty of it. But it balances it all with cheesy, groan-worthy captions. The result is the kind of set kids would hide in their drawers and sift through when they thought nobody was looking.

While the set is fun in its own right, the fact that it draws from so many films is a licensing feat that could likely not be duplicated today. 1988 Topps Fright Flicks is currently the only set of mainstream trading cards to feature the original Ghostbusters, Predator and Poltergeist. The checklist is very heavy on the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with several cards from each of the first three films. This shouldn't be a surprise given the popularity of Freddy Kreuger at the time.

Here's a full list of films showcased in 1988 Topps Fright Flicks:

Alien
Aliens
An American Werewolf in London
Day of the Dead
The Fly (1986)
Fright Night
Ghostbusters
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street II
A Nightmare on Elm Street III
Poltergeist
Poltergeist II
Predator
Pumpkinhead
Vengeance of the Demon

Base cards have a very simple front design. There's an (often gory) image, a white border and a one-liner caption done in a cartoonish red font. Card backs are more complex but just as strange. "Did It Ever Happen" is the headline across the top and is joined by an illustration of a knife-carrying monster. Rather than write-ups from the films, each card back acts as a mini urban legend told in 100 words or less. A marquee at the bottom states what film the image on the front came from.

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Traditional with Topps entertainment products at the time, each pack came with one sticker. The 11-card set has more images from the featured films. Backs can be arranged to complete a puzzle that's a collage of several monsters found in the set.

1988 Topps Fright Flicks remains affordable and somewhat available still today. It's by no means rare.

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Set Checklist

1988 Topps Fright Flicks Checklist

Base Set Checklist

90 cards.

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1 Title Card - Freddy Kreuger
2 Man, That Soup is Hot!
3 Gotta Quit This Nailbiting Habit!
4 I Really Oughta Stop Garglig with Kerosene!
5 I Visit My Dentist Once a Year...Unfortunately He Died!
6 Doc, How Do I Get a Head in This Life?
7 Baby, You're the Greatest!
8 Talk About Obscene Phonecalls!
9 Okay, Who Took a Bite of My Bran Muffin?
10 Darn! Now I'll Have to Learn Shorthand!
11 Open Wide and Say Aaaah!
12 I Ordered a Pizza - Not a Pizza Face!
13 I Gotta Stop Hammering ails with My Head!
14 Do I Get Extra Sauce with These Ribs?
15 Must Have Been Someone I Ate!
16 Hi! I'm the New Babysitter!
17 I've Got a Stake in Your Future!
18 Hey - Who Swiped My Undershirt?
19 Let Your Fingers Do the Walking!
20 Better Fix That Broken Window, Paul - A Fly Could Get In!
21 Now Don't Get Cross!
22 I Tell You, That Nuclear Plant Is Safe!
23 Eek! A Mouse!
24 Well I'll Be a Monkey's Uncle...Oh Yeah, I Am.
25 She's Not Exactly a "10" - But She's a Perfect 1/10th!
26 Sorry - Wrong Answer!
27 The Singles Scene Is Murder!
28 Warning: I Brake for Small Animals - And Eat Them!
29 Now You Put on the Bunny Outfit!
30 That's a Heck of a Hangnail You Got There, Pal!
31 Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall - Who's the Grossest One of All!
32 Hello, I'm from ACME Pest Control!
33 Oh No - Now I'll Need to Buy New Gloves!
34 Mayhem? I'm Up for It!
35 One Tube of Acne Gel - King Size!
36 What Do You Mean? I Just HAD a Manicure!
37 By the Way, How's the Meatloaf Here?
38 They Sure Have Ugly Girls in This Neighborhood!
39 Give Grandma a Great Big Sloppy Kiss!
40 No Job Is Too Big for Your Local Exterminator!
41 Darn It, I Forgot the Marshmallows!
42 By the Way - Are You Insured?
43 Honey, Shut the Window - I Feel a Draft in Here!
44 Trick or Treat!
45 Dishwashing Liquid? I'm Soaking in It!
46 Braces? Really, You Think So?
47 Next Time I'll Use a ELECTRIC Razor!
48 The Unkindest Cut of All
49 TV Has Gone to My Head!
50 Okay Everybody, Arms Extended - and Stretch, 1-2-3!
51 Is This the Line for Ballet Tickets?
52 When You Said You'd Have Me for Dinner, I Thought You Meant - -
53 Am I Tired - DEAD Tired!
54 Nancy! Come Sit Next to Daddy!
55 When I Said, "Hand Me That Screwdriver" - -
56 Billy...Suzie? Okay, I Give Up. Who Is It?
57 Mommy! You Forgot to Pay the Paper Boy!
58 I Should Have Passed on That Egg Cream!
59 The Label Said NOT to Open Before Christmas!
60 I Wanna Roast Me a Boy Scout!
61 Whew, I'm Really Shot!
62 Charlene, Something Inside Me Is Yearning to Be  Released!
63 Can You Spare a Dime for a Bite?
64 It Takes a Lot of Guts to Do This!
65 "Cheese!"
66 All Right - Bring Back the Lighter for a Refund!
67 Okay Dudes, Let's Take It from the Top!
68 But Why Can't I Join the Boy's Choir?
69 What Big Teeth You Have, Grandma!
70 But Leave the Side Burns!
71 Stay for Coffee?
72 I've Had It with Those Miracle Diets!
73 I'd Say I'd Give Blood, But This Is Ridiculous!
74 I'll Call You Later, Something Just Came Up!
75 "And for My Next Shadow Picture..."
76 I've Gone All to Pieces Over You, Honey!
77 Mommy, I Want a Glass of Water - Make That Two!
78 Who Said You Could Touch My Toys?
79 Phooey - Nothing's Good on TV Tonight!
80 Have You Seen Your Dentist This Year?
81 Hey, You're Right - I Can See Myself!
82 Hey Pop, That Microwave Really Works!
83 Try the Shrimp Tempura - It's Delicious!
84 Gary Will Be Here at 8:00 and I Can't Do a Thing with My Hair!
85 Later, Kids!
86 Whadda You Mean Success Has Gone to My Head?
87 There's Just Never Enough Pate to Go Around!
88 I've Got a Bone to Pick with You!
89 Man, My Dogs Are Killing Me!
90 Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Stickers Set Checklist

11 cards. Inserted one per pack.

1 T.V. Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
2 Long Live THE QUEEN (Alien)
3 Fright Night
4 Freddy for President
5 Do the Freddy
6 The Fly
7 Freddy vs. the Dream Warriors
8 Predator
9 The Man of Your Dreams is BACK!
10 Slimer
11 Pumpkinhead
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Base Cards by Film

Here's a breakdown of the base set arranged by film. Stickers are not included.

Alien

34
40
70
74
83
86
90

Aliens

11
23
46
50
57
59
62
64

An American Werewolf in London

24
26
29
37
45
54

Day of the Dead

3
6
30
42
51
67
69
71
78

The Fly (1986)

9
20
22
32
35
56
81

Fright Night

2
10
13
17
21
36
44
55
68
82

Ghostbusters

5
39
60
87
89

A Nightmare on Elm Street

8
12
18
53

A Nightmare on Elm Street II

1
4
15
19
33
41
47
75
85

A Nightmare on Elm Street III

25
27
31
49
52
61
63
66
73
79

Poltergeist

43
76
77
80

Poltergeist II

14
58

Predator

16
38
88

Pumpkinhead

28

Vengeance of the Demon

7
48
65
72
84

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