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Nearly 30 years after Topps released several sets honoring the band, 1993 River Group Beatles Collection trading cards were released as a career spanning retrospective of the world's most famous rock band.

River Group did not put out many trading card sets, a series of Elvis Presley cards in 1992 is probably their second most famous, but they were the first to release a set devoted to The Beatles since the initial sets of 1964. As the first post-Beatlemania release, River Group was able to cover the entirety of the band's legendary story from the early days in the Cavern to the rooftop concert of their final days.

Each card is a full bleed reproduction of a photo from the era, many of which have been seen and used extensively in other licensed properties, and the back tells a short story related to that photograph. The checklist tells the band's story chronologically and highlights several albums. Cards devoted to specific albums include the track list on the reverse but there is no continuity when it comes to whether the track listing is from an American or British pressing. Further, save for one picture, there is no card devoted to Sgt. Pepper while a great chunk of the checklist features shots from the Magical Mystery Tour project.

There are also small insert sets with different card designs which focus on specific aspects of the band's legacy as well as a commemorative binder.

Our checklist includes all of the base and insert cards included in this series. Actual card numbers for the insert sets are simple digit but we have added a prefix to distinguish them in our checklist.

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1993 River Group Beatles Collection Checklist

Base Set – 220 Cards
#1 Hits Double Sided Foil (DSF) – 10 Cards

The Beatles’ Classic Hits (CH) – 8 Cards
US Concert Cards (USCC) – 2 Cards

#Card Caption
1You hold in your hand the very first color photograph...
2On october 28, 1961...
3In the beginning, there was the Cavern.
4Don't mess with the Beatles!
5Between the Beatles' first Cavern appearance
6It looks like the setting for a vintage Beach Boys album
7Sometimes, even the Beatles were down in the dumps!
8The BBC was quick to see the potential of the Beatles...
9Only 17 days after joining the group...
10America in 1962.
11The catapulting world fame that jolted the Beatles...
12The Beatles' arrival...
13Following their appearance on BBC TV's Juke Box Jury...
14Ready, Steady, Go was the rock 'n roll television show...
15The Beatles were already known as hit-makers in England...
16Juke Box Jury was a weekly record rating program...
17Tea, Mal was a cry that went out across the universe...
18What's wrong with this picture?
19Television played a pivotal role...
20On-Stage
21Please Please Me
22It is one of the better-known sessions in rock 'n roll...
23John, George and Ringo do a little "cutting up"...
24Dezo Hoffmann was to the Beatles...
25It was one of the most creative and successful partnerships...
26Up and about in London and Paris...
27This photo is amazingly similar to...
28On November 25, 1963...
29In late July of 1963...
30As the Beatles' success grew...
31The lead, rhythm and bass guitarists of the Beatles...
32A reflective Paul in 1963...
33There are many shots, both posed and candid...
34The Beatles enjoy some first class service...
35George mugs for the camera backstage before a 1963 show
36The Beatles do a little carrying on...
37Years before the Beatles sang that they "Dig a Pony,"
38Paul attends to some "pressing" matters at his father's
39With The Beatles
40Promotional photos for solo performers...
41Here's the team that created a phenomenon.
42On December 14, 1963...
43After the Beatles scored high...
44You've heard of overnight sensations.
45The Beatles had always been interested in clothes...
46In the earliest days of British Beatlemania,...
47As the world opened up to the Beatles...
48During his brilliant photographic career, Dezo Hoffmann...
49In the words of a famous trivia question...
50Paul was the "cute" Beatle at first sight...
51As the Beatles' popularity spread around the world...
52George was the "quiet" Beatle to fans...
53In a December, 1964 radio interview...
54When the Beatles were scheduled for their first meeting
55Hark! Who are those masked men?
56The small-time gets bigger.
57When it came to singing a unified emotional message...
58In the early days, it was relatively easy...
59The media's appetite for the Beatles had to be experienced
60Anything for a laugh.
61Coverage of the Beatles' activities...
62The Beatles gave generously good value...
63The Beatles took maximum advantage of all Miami Beach...
64On Tuesday, February 11, 1964...
65It was always a part of the Beatles' strategy...
66Many people have had their share of unique jobs.
67Money just couldn't buy this sort of plug...
68For most of their first visit to America in 1964...
69Is this life imitating art, or art imitating life?
70The music business can be a small world.
71What their records and television appearances did...
72Some like it hat.
73When the Beatles came to New York in February of 1964...
74The Beatles packed an awful lot of activity...
75Plans were outlined for a ticker-tape parade...
76Going out to the movies like ordinary folk...
77Is it true that there is a purpose to everything...
78Had it not been for one wondrous happening...
79It was not surprising to see John Lennon...
80Only a handful of people in the history of civilization...
81All press handouts in early Beatles days...
82For Americans of a certain age...
83You win some, you lose some when you get famous.
84It is the stuff of which legends are made.
85During the filming of A Hard Day's Night...
86See, lightning can strike twice in the same place!
87Ed Sullivan did not get the nickname Master Showman...
88The Beatles' second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan
89Television makes strange bedfellows.
90The shrieks still echo in the minds of the 73 million
91John! Paul! Ringo! And...Neil?
92The Beatles had worked very hard to achieve...
93Help!
94Great fame was just beginning to engulf the Beatles...
95Hail the conquering heroes!
96The Beatles pose for a group shot at EMi Studios
97To be sure, the Beatles sold a lot of records.
98Not Elvis. Not Elton. Not Michael jackson or the Stones
99Roses are red, violets are blue...
100Who in their right mind could have doubted the Beatles'
101The climactic scene in A Hard Day's Night...
102The Beatles get their work done on the road...
103One of the funniest sequences in A Hard Day's Night
104Ringo's scenes in A Hard Day's Night...
105The Beatles were totally democratic...
106Maybe their faces don't show it...
107Ever a rugged indeividualist...
108John Lennon was a creative genius...
109When Beatlemania swept the U.S...
110John, Paul, George and Ringo...
111A Hard Day's Night
112Each of the Beatles had loving, supportive home lives.
113Beatles For Sale
114Another airport, another show.
115It was important for the Beatles...
116Many Hollywood stars wanted to meet the Beatles...
117John Lennon was born in Liverpool on October 9, 1940.
118Running, jumping or standing still...
119John Lennon hadn't really seen an audience...
120Rock 'n roll suffered from cultural snobbery in the '50s
121Every picture tells a story. Some tell more than one.
122Hitler came to Paris and strutted around...
123The Beatles truly ushered in the modern era of...
124Oftentimes many a word wasn't spoken when the Beatles...
125Like the other three Beatles, Paul had instinctive...
126Although John was behind the wheel in this shot...
127George Harrison was very fond of the sound and feel...
128It is an honor reserved for only the more distinguished
129Before they fell in with Brian Epstein...
130The "Gramophone Award" pictured here with Ringo...
131Whenever the Beatles traveled...
132Beatles VI
133As time goes by...
134In the mid 1960's, John and Ringo were neighbors...
135On November 23, 1965, the Beatles returned to Twickenham
136A major U.S. tour, including the incredible Shea Stadium
137Today, rock groups spend weeks and weeks...
138In Hamburg in 1960
139Enough hair to hide two watermelons...
140Paul takes a moment to check one of literally hundreds...
141Rubber Soul
142John Lennon was brimming with so much talent...
143Help! was shot totally out of sequence.
144For one memorable scene in Help!...
145Ringo's standout performance in A Hard Day's Night...
146Help! was the Beatles' second full-length motion picture
147The Beatles were determined...
148The charismatic bass player of the Fab Four...
149Forget about all the hit records.
150While the Beatles were first known for...
151Some have said that Paul McCartney's not being right-handed...
152With a Little Help From My Friends...
153It would be hard to pick just one single moment...
154The prestigious MBE award to the Beatles...
155It was inevitable that John, Paul, George and Ringo...
156You could say the Beatles "began and ended in San Francisco...
157We've become so accustomed to mega-rock events...
158On a warm August night in 1965...
159Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison...
160Television remained an important tool for the Beatles...
161Video, video, wherefore art thou, video?
162There was no way the Beatles could stay...
163Many of the Beatles' most celebrated performances...
164Revolver
165By the time of the Revolver album in 1966...
166By 1966, the Beatles were caught in a classic dilemma.
167Though some of "shopper's London" is quite crass...
168And away they go!
169In the white heat of the Beatlemania years...
170On Sunday, June 25, 1967...
171After giving up "the road" in 1966...
172It was called the "Summer of Love."
173Paul and Ringo pop up to check out the action...
174The seeds for Magical Mystery Tour were planted in America
175It is one of their most enigmatic songs.
176And here is the eggman himself!
177George Martin went to work for Parlophone Records...
178In 1967, the Beatles were no longer touring...
179We think of music videos as a product of the MTV generation...
180John Lennon's "I Am the Walrus"...
181In December of 1967...
182With the elimination of touring and live television...
183The songwriting Beatles drew on their evolving lives...
184Of all the Beatles, Paul McCartney played a leading role...
185The dynamics of the relationships within the Beatles...
186One of George Harrison's outstanding musical contributions...
187Magical Mystery Tour
188Mustaches on parade!
189Each Beatles fan has had his or her own special memory...
190George Harrison, youngest of the Beatles, was no baby...
191With an established foursome...
192Hey Jude, written by Paul McCartney...
193The Beatles were always looking for deeper meaning...
194When the Beatles set up Apple Corps Limited...
195On may 14, 1968...
196Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey...
197During their Beatle days, John Lennon and Paul McCartney...
198It was hard to make the Beatles look idiotic...
199On September 4, 1968...
200It's a long way from "I Want to Hold Your Hand"...
201All four Beatles were equally involved...
202This photo was taken in 1968...
203The boys...
204Many now-familiar proper names have their origins...
205After the Beatles made it big in America...
206Yellow Submarine
207Could the symbolism of this photograph be any more obvious...
208It's been a part of our lives since the fall of 1969.
209This historic portrait is from the Beatles' final group photo session.
210This photo, one of the last ever taken of the Beatles...
211After much discussion and debate in early '69...
212In 1964, the Beatles signed a three-picture deal...
213In early '69, the Beatles were actively looking for...
214You can go home again! For the Get Back album in 1969...
215During the filming of Let It Be...
216In late January 1969, Let It Be...
217Throughout the years...
218Each of the Beatles could be counted on...
219When the Beatles performed their surprise rooftop concert...
220Let It Be
DSF 1I Want to Hold Your Hand / She Loves You
DSF 2Can't Buy Me Love / Love Me Do
DSF 3I Feel Fine / A Hard Day's Night
DSF 4Ticket To Ride / Eight Days A Week
DSF 5Yesterday / Help
DSF 6Paperback Writer / We Can Work It Out
DSF 7All You Need Is Love / Penny Lane
DSF 8Hey Jude / Hello, Goodbye
DSF 9Something / Get Back
DSF 10The Long and Winding Road / Let It Be
CH 11963
CH 21964
CH 31965
CH 41966
CH 51967
CH 61968
CH 71969
CH 81970
USCC 1The Beatles' First U.S. Concert
USCC 2The Beatles' Last U.S. Concert
P 1John
P 2Ringo
P 3George
P 4Paul
P 5Paul and Ringo…
P 6The Beatles were filmed…
P 7Many of the Beatles…
P 8Not long after…
P 9Capitol Recordings stars…

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