Earlier this week I was cleaning up the house and I found a box under the bed that had not been opened since we moved to Melbourne a few years ago. As I took each item out of the box I was overcome with nostalgia. Collector cards, toys, action figure parts, souvenirs from trips overseas. But the thing that I got most excited for were my collection of Rad Dudes Trading Cards.
This series of 110 collectable cards was released in 1990 by Pacific Trading Cards inc. They have a similar feel to Garbage Pail Kids cards as 55 of them have dorky named characters which is by far my favourite thing about them. Totally Tubular Tiffany, Gnarly Brian & Trent, Totally Buff Tina and Checkin' Out The Babes Brett- Just to name a few. I love the fluro colour palate, their rad clothing and the fact that they were a little bit adult. As a 6 year old kid I new they were a bit naughty and I got so excited when my brother let me go through them. I thought the kids on the cards were so cool and I wanted to be just like them. hahaha
On the back of the 55 cards are these weird scene scenarios involving the character on the front. The other cards are part of 2 puzzle pictures of the characters Skate Board Scott and Chemical Chris. They are so very ingrained in 90s skater culture. The characters remind me of Beavis and Butthead and I feel like they would hang out with Pauly Shore a lot.
I filmed a video of me opening the magical box from under the bed for YouTube. You can see my genuine reaction of excitement as I pull the Rad Dudes Trading Cards from the box. I talk a little about my love for them and also attempt to act out one of the scenes on the back of the cards.
I hope your not like Bored Brandon here and enjoyed a look at my favourite trading card set of all time. From the characters names, to the colours and the art style these truly are sweet memory of skater culture of times past. I feel like they had a big influence on me and perhaps made me the person I am today. Pretty deep for just a set of 90s trading cards.
Do you collect any old school trading cards?