1990-1999 Entertainment Trading Cards
Ask a lot of modern collectors what their first foray into the world of comic trading cards and they’ll point to 1990 Impel Marvel Universe. The comprehensive set was a breakthrough for comic cards. The release remains popular today despite being readily available.
1990 Topps Robocop 2 sees the card maker jump on the action film sequel. However, a sizable chunk of the violent set does cover the original film as well. Get full details as well as a complete checklist.
1990 Topps Simpsons trading cards are the first to feature the classic animated series. The simple set remains an affordable and easy-to-collect piece of early Simpsons memorabilia.
Modeled after traditional sports cards, 1991 Impel Marvel Universe Series II offers an in-depth look at the most popular heroes and villains of the time. The 162-card base set is accompanied by 5 holograms.
1991 Topps Desert Storm trading cards are some of the most widely available historical cards ever produced. Spanning three series, the set offers an in-depth look at people, technology and events of the first Gulf War.
1992 Impel Marvel Universe Series 3 continues with the line of popular flagship comic sets from the early 1990s. The large base set is joined by five holograms.
1992 SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces took comic trading cards to a new premium level. The base set is painted by the legendary Joe Jusko.
1992 Star Pics Saturday Night Live trading cards chart the show’s first 15-plus years, tracing the early years with John Belushi and Bill Murray through to Adam Sandler and Chris Farley.
It might not be as loved as the first film, but 1992 Topps Home Alone 2: Lost in New York trading cards are the closest thing collectors have. One of the final no-frills entertainment sets from the company, the checklist has 66 cards and 11 stickers.
1992 Topps In Living Color trading cards highlight one of the most influential comedies of the 1990s. It’s also notable for having the first cards of Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez and Jamie Foxx.
Although widely available and affordable today, 1993 SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces is one of the most beautiful comic sets ever produced.
1993 SkyBox Simpsons trading cards cover a lot of ground. Besides a comprehensive base set, it also has several interactive inserts. The set’s greatest contribution to the hobby are the Matt Groening sketch cards.
1993 Topps Star Wars Galaxy reinvented what trading cards for the franchise could be. Focusing on art, it opened up an entire realm of new and beautiful possibilities.
1994 Fleer Marvel Masterpieces sees Greg and Tim Hildebrandt unleash their immense talents on the superhero universe. This is the third set in the popular Marvel line.
1994 Fleer Ultra Beavis and Butthead trading cards offer a somewhat premium take on the one-time pop culture icons. The set includes 150 cards and ten Scratch ‘n Sniff inserts.
1994 Fleer Ultra X-Men is one of the early premium comic sets. Highlighted by premium-quality cards and painted artwork, the release offers an in-depth look at one of the most popular names in comic history.
1994 SkyBox Lion King was one of the most popular movie-based sets of the 1990s. Released in two series, highlights include lenticular and other interactive inserts.
The Simpsons has long been lauded for its creativity and wit — at least in its early years. 1994 SkyBox Simpsons Series II takes that approach with a creative checklist that highlights art, interactivity and humor.
1995 Fleer Ultra Spider-Man brings a more upscale feel to comic trading cards. The premium set includes painted artwork throughout its 150-card base set and several insert sets.
1995 Fleer Ultra X-Men continues with the brand’s focus on premium content. Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell and Luis Royo are among the artists contributing to the release. Inserts include Powerblast, acetate and chromium designs.
1995 SkyBox Disney Premium was one of the first attempts at a high-end set based on the iconic animated characters. The base set includes 80 gold-foil-heavy cards and are paired with two chase sets.
1995 Topps Animaniacs captures one of the best cartoons of the 1990s. The simple collection includes a 72-card set, foil stickers and one additional insert set.
1995 Topps Empire Strikes Back Widevision presents the original Star Wars sequel in an over-sized format with remastered images. Inserts showcase the artwork of Ralph McQuarrie.
One of the most impressive sets in the franchise’s history, 1995 Topps Star Wars Widevision offers an extensive look at the original film. Done in tall boy format, the cards use digitally remastered images.
With its perfect storm of high quality and low quantity, 1996 Fleer/SkyBox Marvel Masterpieces is one of the most popular and valuable comic card sets of all-time. Get a full checklist, set info, buying guide and more.
1996 Topps Mars Attacks Widevision combines Hollywood and hobby history. The over-sized cards focus primarily on the Mars Attacks movie directed by Tim Burton.
1996 Topps Return of the Jedi Widevision trading cards showcase the final film of the original trilogy as it was shown on the big screen. Inserts include Finest cards featuring Ralph McQuarrie artwork.
Something of an experimental release, 1996 Topps Star Wars 3Di Widevision trading cards offer a different look at the original film. Although not very popular during its initial release, it is now one of the more valuable entertainment base sets of the 1990s.
1996 Topps Star Wars Finest is an art-based set that focuses entirely on characters from the original trilogy and early Expanded Universe. As with most every Finest set, Refractors are the most popular part of the set.
1996 Topps Star Wars Shadows of the Empire tells a story set between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. All cards are painted by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt.
1996-97 Upper Deck Space Jam trading cards represent one of the more unique options when it comes to Michael Jordan and the hobby. Split in two series, the collection includes several inserts as well.
1997 Fleer SkyBox Star Trek TOS Season 1 is a landmark trading card release for the franchise. Not only does it break down the first season in great detail, but it has the first original series autographs.
The first of many sets in the line, 1998 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer trading cards remain very popular. Many of the cards are very valuable too. Joss Whedon, Alyson Hannigan and David Boreanaz all have autographs.
1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 is one of the most popular entertainment trading card sets in recent years. Among the highlights is John Ritter’s only certified autograph card.
When 1999 Inkworks Buffy the Vampire Slayer was released, the company was hitting its stride with the license. This set is highlighted by rare autographs from Eliza Dushku, James Marsters and Nicholas Brendon.
1999 Inkworks Planet of the Apes Archives is the most comprehensive set of trading cards in the franchise’s history. Covering all of the original films, the product also includes autographs.
1999 Topps Star Wars Chrome Archives takes classic cards from the original trilogy and gives them a chromium spin. Inserts include Double-Sided Chromium and Clearzone cards.