Explore collectibles by company
(i.e., the company that issued and/or distributed the items)

Explore collectibles by category
(i.e., the general type (e.g., cards, stickers) or purpose (e.g., packaging, display) for which the items were produced)

Explore collectibles by product type
(i.e., type of merchandise with which the items were produced (e.g., candy/gum, cereal, collector issues)

Explore collectibles by topic
(i.e., the subject matter of the items such as dinosaurs, Jurassic Park, Dinotopia)

Explore collectibles by country
(i.e., the country with which the items issuer is associated)

Explore collectibles by year
(i.e., the year in which the items were issued and/or their copyright date)

Explore collectibles by life form
(i.e., the names of the life forms depicted on the items)

Explore unknown collectibles
(i.e., items for which I have not been able to identify the issuing company)

An introduction to the Prehistoric Life Collectibles Digest along with some statistics regarding what information is available

The Extinct Life Pictorial Encyclopedia

Fiction Novels Featuring Prehistoric Animals, Mutant Beasts & Primeval Man

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The Prehistoric Life Collectibles Digest is a virtual collectibles guide which provides photos, checklists, and summary information about a variety of ephemera (i.e., paper items) which depict dinosaurs and other extinct life. More specifically, this site emphasizes the items I use to collect including cards, stickers, inserts/cutouts from food, candy, snack, tobacco, & bread packaging, collector albums for cards & stickers, education & game cards, POGS/ milk caps, cigar bands, matchbox labels, non-postal stamps (e.g., Sinclair), novelties (e.g., valentines), toy inserts (e.g., cards, stickers, and papers included with toys/figures) as well as advertising materials such as posters and magazine/newspaper ads which show the collectibles (e.g., cards, albums) in the ad.

There are a few types of collectibles which are noticeably missing from the aforementioned list such as post cards, philately (e.g., postal stamp-related material like stamps & covers), phone cards, and lobby cards. These were originally excluded based on financial limitations and the understanding that these types of collectibles encompass a tremendous amount of material which I did not feel I could realistically collect.

DO YOU HAVE INFORMATION TO SHARE? The world of prehistoric animal collectibles is huge and the content of The Dinosaur Fan only scratches the surface of what collectibles exists. If you have information (e.g., images, checklists, descriptions/information, trivia) about prehistoric animal-related collectibles including those that I did collect and/or those that I did not (e.g., post cards, philately ) which you would be willing to share, I'll gladly publish it and give you credit on the webpage upon which the data is presented. If you are interested in sharing information with The Dinosaur Fan readers, please contact me at: mmriley@dinofan.com.

“Living in this troubled new century, a happy and innocent diversion like card collecting can provide a healthy and most welcome mental break. In the grand scheme of things, of course, non-sports means very little. But to collectors, the hobby represents a small piece of what we like and what we are.”
Les Davis, Editor of ‘The Wrapper’

Current Collectibles Record Totals
# of Sets# of Items

Below is an example of how collectibles sets are listed in the various collectibles sections (i.e. By Company, By Category, By Product, By Topic, By Country, etc.).

Sample set listing.

This is a 'virtual' set. Virtual Set: This symbol indicates that I do not have physical access to any of the items shown and/or described. The images and information presented were gathered and synthesized from ‘virtual’ sources including, but not limited to, auction sites, manufacturer sites, collector sites, hobby magazines, and fellow collectors.

This is a rogue set. Rogue: This symbol indicates that this set has little or nothing to do with dinosaurs and/or other extinct life but it does contain at least one item which depicts these creatures.

  Year: This is the year the set was issued. The symbol "c." (e.g., c.1957) means circa or approximately. No date means that I do not currently know the date of this issue.

  Set Name: This is the title of the set or a description if I do not know the title.

  Set Group: This is the type of item(s) contained in the set as far as I can tell:
  • Base Set - what you get when you buy a set of cards or you put together a set by opening packs of cards
  • Premiums - insert cards which are usually different from the base set with unique numbering and design (e.g., foil coatings, embossed images)
  • Promos - card issued separately from the base set to advertise the set, often obtained at card shows, through the mail, and/or from websites
  • Albums - holders for the cards in the form of booklets, folders, binders, etc.
  • Display - items designed to display cards most often in the form of wall posters
  • Packaging - card containers (e.g., boxes, packets) which are collectibles in and of themselves
  • Proofs - pre-distribution cards which were generally not officially released to the public

Sample collectibles listing.

Click Image   to Zoom Click on the image(s) to zoom in
DB ID Internal database number (ID)
Number Number printed on the item. "--" means there is no printed number
Notes Short notes corresponding to information in the set's description
Qty Quantity of each item in the set. Used for sets with duplicated identical images
Caption/Description Title on the item or a description if there is no title
Subject Name (genus) of the life form
Fantacy Life Name of the fantacy characture/life form
In Scope Checkmark = the image contains an extinct life form; an “X” = the image does not contain and extinct life form
DF Collection The item is contained in The Dinosaur Fan collection


I would like to thank the following persons and/or resources from which I obtained set information which was missing from my website.

Name or SourceQty. of Sets
Robert Telleria217
Jeff Allender's House of Checklists97
David Elliott27
Milkcap Mania27
The Trading Card Database21
Jeff Quinn20
Dinosaur King Wikia13
Bill Oliver12
Board Game Geek11
David Mikulec11
The Prehistoric Times7
The Cardboard Connection6
Jacques Vincent5
Baseball CardPedia4
Last Sticker4
The Vintage Non-Sports Cards Chat Board4
Todd Jordan4
Beth Trimble3
Dan Goodsell3
Glyn Roberts3
Realm of Rubber Dinosaurs3
Terry Gomes3
The Sport Americana Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards #43
David Welch2
Filmic Light - Snow White Archive2
Gail Sullivan2
Michael Howgate2
Non-sport .com2
Ted Neos2
The Unofficial Rugrats Online!2
. Mencey71
Alex Jaramillo (Collectors Dreams)1
Andrew Steven1
Checklist Center1
Chuckman's Non-sports Trading Cards of the 1950's1
Coleccionista MX1
Comic Collector Live1
David Landis1
Dino Riders World1
Donna Braginetz1
Dragon Ball Z Trading Cards Partial Lists1
FPG Web Site1
Garbage Pail Kids World1
Gee Pee Kay1
Harley Numan1
Internet Archive1
Jerry Coleman1
John McDonald1
JP Toys.com1
Julio Baamonde1
Kristen Anders1
Limited Run Games1
Lowell's Place1
Magic Spoiler1
Magic The Gathering1
Mark Jennings1
Mike Fitzpatrick1
Oddly Quirky1
Peter Vermaele1
Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society1
Tain't The Meat … It's The Humanity!1
The Board Game Geek1
The Collectibles Workshop1
The Collector1
The Haunted Closet1
The Non-Sport Update Magazine1
The Wrapper1
Tom Sims1
Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Guide1

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