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Retro Scans: 1992 Topps Jurassic Park Movie Cards

"Jurassic Park" began its life in film history in 1990 when Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment (Steven Spielberg) purchased the rights to the novel by Michael Chrichton before the book was even published.  The book itself was very successful, and it's safe to say so was the 1993 film adaptation.  The film was selected in 2018 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The 1993 movie, which hit theaters on June 9, 1993, is still considered one of the greatest films of the 1990s and received several sequels.

In "Jurassic Park," John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) is the owner of a theme park located on Isla Nublar named, of course, Jurassic Park. After an incident with a velociraptor, Hammond brings in three specialists to sign off on the park to calm investors. The specialists, paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill), paleobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), are surprised to see the island park's main attraction are living, breathing dinosaurs, created with a mixture of fossilized DNA and genetic cross-breeding/cloning. When lead programmer Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) turns off the park's power to sneak out with samples of the dinosaur embryos to sell to a corporate rival, the dinosaurs break free, and the survivors are forced to find a way to turn the power back on and make it out alive. 

Spielberg cited Godzilla as an inspiration for Jurassic Park, specifically Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956), which he grew up watching.  The film is regarded as a landmark in the use of computer-generated imagery and was praised by critics.  It grossed more than $914 million worldwide during its original release, becoming the most successful film.  "Jurassic Park" surpassed E.T. as the most successful film of all time, until 4 years later when "Titanic" was released.  It is currently the 17th highest grossing feature film but the most financially successful film for Steven Spielberg.  

I enjoyed browsing through the following set of cards, and I hope you enjoy the summer blockbuster flashback!  The photos on the cards aren't all great, but it's still enough of a nostalgia blast from the early 90s that won me over.  That's the point of this whole site, now isn't it?  I liked the sticker included in the pack, The Brachiosaur.  My favorite dinosaur, the Brontosaurus, was a close cousin of this one featured in the film, and I believe at the time schools were teaching the Brontosaurus didn't really exist, but I think they've reversed that decision.  

The flip side of the sticker (and last image here) is a puzzle piece, as most card packs include.  Seems to me it's a piece to a picture featuring the dinosaur that spits tar-like goo all over Dennis Nedry!