Without a set for the original, 1989 Topps Ghostbusters II gives the classic franchise its first solo set of trading cards. The affordable release has 88 cards and 11 stickers.
1980-1989 Entertainment Trading Cards
With the eye of the tiger and some classic Cold War tension, 1985 Topps Rocky IV trading cards are simple fun and full of Ivan Drago.
1989 Topps Batman Movie trading cards are a strong compliment to the influential super hero blockbuster. Plentiful still today, it’s also extremely affordable.
1980 Donruss Dukes of Hazzard trading cards are the first of three releases based on the show. Distinguished by its blue borders, Bo, Luke, Daisy and the rest of Hazzard County’s most notable faces appear.
1980 Topps Weird Wheels mixes Kustom Kulture with matinee monsters. The result is both fun and strange. It’s also extremely reasonably priced.
Taking a page from Mars Attacks, 1988 Topps Dinosaurs Attack offers an original story and plenty of detailed artwork. Get full details on this under-appreciated and very affordable set.
Based on one of the most memorable movies of the decade, 1984 Topps Gremlins trading cards cover both the comedy and the horror of the cute creatures gone bad. Get full details on the set including a complete checklist.
1987 Topps Alf trading cards capture one of the decade’s biggest phenomenons. Spread over two series, the set includes base cards, stickers and Bouillabaseball cards.
There will likely never be another set like 1988 Topps Fright Flicks. Using images from 15 different horror films, it’s a comedic tribute to the genre at the time. Ghostbusters, A Nightmare on Elm Street and An American Werewolf in London are among the featured films.
1984 Topps Masters of the Universe is a somewhat quirky set that captures the classic He-Man cartoon. The checklist includes 88 cards and 21 stickers.
1986 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 3 shows the franchise hitting its stride. The checklist includes lots of gross gags and jokes at the expense of pop culture from the time. For completists, there are lots of variations to track down as well.
1982 Topps Smurf Supercards is a fun over-sized set that features silly affirmations, Smurf-inspired cliches and sayings that have racy double meanings. As far as Smurfs trading cards go, this is the premier set for the franchise.
1982 Topps ET The Extra-Terrestrial retells the story of the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film with 87 cards and 12 stickers. Get full details on the release, including a full checklist, shopping guide and details on a deleted scene featuring Harrison Ford that made it into the set.
Part of a massive marketing blitz for the film, 1984 Topps Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom captures the film with a total of 88 cards and 11 stickers.
With his famous whip and and hat in tow, 1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first set of Indiana Jones trading cards. The simple set retells the story with 88 cards.
1989 Topps Back to the Future II is the only set of mainstream trading cards for the trilogy. The film is captured with 88 cards and 11 stickers.
Goonies never say die. Just like the popular modern adventure, neither do the 1985 Topps Goonies trading cards. The straightforward set includes 86 cards and 22 stickers.
1986 Hasbro G.I. Joe Action Cards is one of the toughest mainstream trading card sets from the 1980s to complete. The large set includes both iconic packaging art and shots from the popular cartoon.