Trade or Die: Monster in My Pocket Trading Cards (1991)

Welcome to the newest column here at the clubhouse, Trade or Die, where we’ll feature some of our favorite (and hopefully yours as well) trading cards and collectibles. To kick things off, I figured that I would start with one of my favorite childhood franchises: Monsters in My Pocket.

Truth be told it’s been awhile since I’ve given any thought to either the pint-sized monsters or collecting cards, but thanks to fellow club member Long Tran (who was kind enough to send me some as a gift- thanks again Long!) my interest has been reignited.

Each package comes with a set of 6 cards plus 2 stickers that form parts of a larger Monster Island poster puzzle, all featuring artwork by Jan Sheets and Jenice Heo. The artwork itself is uneven in terms of quality but stay surprisingly accurate in depicting each monster in the same pose as their toy counterpart (with a few exceptions). The backside of each provides your typical “stats” such as species, birthplace, a short description, and even has a points system (though I’m unsure as to whether this was part of a game or not). Depending on the point value, each card also had a specific border on its backside.

There was also an offer on the package to join the Monster in My Pocket Collector’s Club which promised a membership card, wall certificate, mysterious monster game, sticker sheet, monster tote bag, and two newsletters all for a scant 5 bucks. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal for a MIMP fan (or “Monster Maniac” as the package calls them), but I wonder how much (if any) of those promises were upheld. I almost want to send in a check to the address on the package to see what comes back.

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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  • Heh, heh, heh… monster in your pocket, eh?

    This seems like a cool new feature! I’ve always been intrigued by monster trading cards (I was a self-admitted Pokemon fan; my favorite ones were all the horror-themed characters like Gastly and Abracadbra). Can’t wait to see what else you have in store!

    • Monsters… plural. 😉

      Thanks for the props of the new feature, J! Hopefully I’ll be able to throw this one into the mix often enough- never was too big of a Pokemon fan, but I’m a nut when it comics to sketch cards for comics. And Pogs… god help me I kinda still like Pogs.

  • L

    The Gremlin is my favorite!

  • Matt

    I remember Spring-heeled Jack the best!