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Remember the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Collector Card Set from 1991?

Let’s look back at one of my most cherished childhood relics.

I’ve talked about my lifelong love for the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise a handful of times here on Bloody Disgusting, so I won’t bore you again with those memories. To make a long story short, I was introduced to Freddy Krueger at a young age thanks to my local Blockbuster, and I never looked back. Freddy instantly became my hero, and that hasn’t changed over the years.

My Nightmare on Elm Street collection, as you might imagine, has grown pretty large over the years, but even as a kid I had a fairly impressive array of Krueger collectibles. The earliest horror toy I can remember owning was the controversial 18″ talking Freddy doll from 1989, and I also had the original Freddy Halloween mask – I wore it often, whether it was Halloween or Tuesday.

Another Elm Street collectible that I cherished as a kid (and still own to this day) was Impel Marketing’s A Nightmare on Elm Street Collector Card Set, released back in ’91. At the time, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare had just come out, and the 132-card set paid tribute to the entire franchise. The cards featured screen-grabs from the films and even behind the scenes photos, and they were housed inside of a coffin that was stamped with “Freddy’s seal of approval.” But it was the deluxe, super special version of the set that my dad picked up for me.

As I recall, you could either purchase the standard card set or mail-away for the limited edition version, priced at $39.95. In addition to the coffin box filled with cards, the deluxe edition also included a t-shirt, and the whole thing was packed inside of “Freddy’s boiler box.” It even came with a certificate that entitled you to “one bloodless, uninterrupted night’s sleep a year.”

It’s good for life, so I’m still enjoying that perk at 30.

Though horror shirts are incredibly popular and easy to acquire these days, that wasn’t the case back in 1991. So the included t-shirt, despite not being very impressive by today’s standards (why the hell was it white?!), was maybe the coolest thing about the set when I was a kid. Of course, it was an Extra Large, so it wasn’t practical for me to wear it at the time. But I remember hanging it in my closet and dreaming of the day when I’d be able to put it on. Seriously. I fantasized about that future. And I’m glad nobody told me back then that that I’d never grow into it.

I’m a full grown man and it still doesn’t fit me. Go figure.

As for the cards themselves, they featured images on front and behind the scenes information on back. Again, all of that info may be common knowledge in 2017 thanks to the internet, but at the time the cards presented a treasure trove of fun facts that I couldn’t get enough of. Even just being able to look at cool screen-grabs was awesome back then. It truly was a simpler time.

In addition to the standard cards, the set also came with two special “Freddy Vision” holograms.

Check out some of my favorite cards below!



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COMMENTS

19 Comments
  • zombie84_41

    Wished I owned these I have the tales from the crypt ones though.

  • Creepshow

    Oh jeez John, you’re not suppose to open it!

    Haha, just kidding. I could never understand the kids who got action figures and other stuff, and left them in the fucking package and never played with them. Where’s the enjoyment in that? Dweebs

    • The Drucifer

      The 90s toy boom and early eBay. I only regret the old Star Wars toys my brother and I had. Coulda staked my retirement on the back of a tonton

      • Creepshow

        It’s a travesty when you get something, and spend eternity just looking at it in it’s box.

        • The Drucifer

          but it’s a nice box…

        • The Drucifer

          Same with autographs, I got a few, all personalized and it amazes me the people who just get em to resell. Shits’s too bitchin’.

  • Chris Genth

    I was eighteen then and I don’t remember this, they say marijana effects your memory.

  • Bouncy X

    I still have my copy of these as well! Though I didn’t know bout the special edition. I just have the coffin shaped box! They were indeed very cool to have and show off!

  • KLD

    So, were you 4 when you got this set? Either awesome parents or “oooops, we shouldn’t have let him get it” parents.

    • John Squires

      Awesome parents. And I was 5 in ’91!

      • SuperKilla

        Lucky bastid, and I say that with all due respect.

      • baronterror

        I was about 13. I was seriously visiting this damn thing in that store now and again throughout middle school and high school.

  • Dr. Acula

    this is called ‘Dinosaur Dracula Porn’

    • baronterror

      right?

  • The Drucifer

    I had so
    Many of these…I remember a sticker book too.

  • SuperKilla

    You bastid I want this set.

  • Matt

    I bought the complete set when they were released, still got ’em too.

  • lostboy408

    I have the standard set. Nabbed it a couple of years ago at the right time. Some guy on ebay just wanted Christmas money really bad and sold it for $25. It was half of what everybody else was offering.

  • baronterror

    this little head shop that was on the edge of our downtown (which was in walking distance of our house) had this behind the counter among many other things. I used to walk down there and stare lovingly at the Boiler Room boxset and dream of owning it. I put it on my birthday and christmas wish list for years. It sat there, unbought, for years. Eventually I graduated High School and stuff and years later that store closed (after being open since the early 70s) and I remember being a little distraught. I just knew that thing either never sold or it was liquidated with whatever else they couldnt sell. Having known more or less about the guy that ran that store I kinda harbour the belief that he just put that stuff into a garage somewhere where it sits dusty to this day. I was obsessed with owning this thing. It is very nice to see it open and a few cards and be reminded of it and also that it was loved by others.

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