Top trumps first came on the scene in the 1970's and were originally made by a company called Dubreq who were later bought by Waddingtons in 1982. The original Top Trumps were supplied in the now familiar red plastic boxes with clear perspex lids and the first titles were about ships, military aeroplanes and dragsters. Each card carried a set of statistics which were not only fascinating but allowed school children to play games against each other comparing statistics in order to win each other's cards.
A playground craze was born and before long Dubreq was producing a whole range of Top Trumps with many different themes. The cards were traded among children in the playground until the mid 1980's when production of the cards slowed down and eventually ceased. This was not due to a lack of popularity but was actually because of the increasing costs of producing the cards as licensing costs to use copyright images soared.
However, in 1999 Winning Moves bought the rights to the Top Trumps name and re-invented the game with a whole range of new titles including The Simpsons and Lord of the Rings. It seems that the game is just as popular today as it ever was.