Welcome Back Kotter Card Game

I rarely buy old board or card games when I come across them — I cannot stand the heartbreak when they’re missing pieces and I just don’t have the room to store them all — but still I always check the board game section of my local thrift store just to see if anything old or interested has ended up there.

According to BoardGameGeek.com, the object of the game is to “be the first player to score 100 points by capturing Character cards with Kotter or the powerful Eighth Card. The game replaces the traditional card suits with the four main student characters (Horshak, Washington, Barbarino & Juan). Kotter cards and School’s Out cards are used for collecting scoring cards and blocking purposes respectively. The Character cards, valued 1-4, are used to determine totals when each round is completed.”

The loser gets a rubber nose up the nose.

Skybox Cards

Skybox Basketball Cards are Better than a Computer Game?

It seem that the Skybox folks might have picked an odd industry to chase after. Were basketballs cards falling on hard time because of how well computer basketball games were doing? Wouldn’t people who are really into playing computer basketball also be the ones most likely to buy basketball cards? Are cards more “Real” than a computer game? Marketing is complicated and hurts my head.

Skybox Cards

Garbage Pail Kids Book

A fan of ANESthetized thinks I can do more with it, and as proof he sent me an article about the new Garbage Pail Kids book that was released April 1. I’m not sure about doing more with ANESthetized, but I was happy to learn about the book. All 206 of the Garbage Pail Kids in one place? And there’s even a Kindle version? I’ve got to have it.

You can pick up a copy at Amazon (though they were having issues at the time of this writing). And it looks like there are Wacky Packages< books, too!

Topps American Pie Cards

Most of us know Topps for their baseball and football cards. Okay, maybe most of us here at Retroist.com know them for Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages, but we know them. Recently, I discovered some Topps cards that are right up our retro alley: Topps American Pie Cards.

The American Pie Cards cover the past couple decades of American life. There are 200 base cards showing the people and events of these decades. These base cards start with the end of WWII and end with Hurricane Irene. There are 50 Hollywood Walk of Fame cards with images of Fred Astair, Errol Flynn, and the like, and 38 autograph cards featuring the signatures of such luminaries as Don McClean, Tia Carrere and Tom Arnold. And most interestingly of all, there are 30 Fads and Fashions cards. This last category covers these crazes of the past several years:

POGS
Pet Rocks
Slap Bracelets
Trucker Hats
Hula Hoops
Coonskin Caps
Poodle Skirts
3D Movies
Rickie Tickie Stickers
Troll Dolls
Lava Lamps
Go-Go Boots
Mood Rings
Hypercolor T-Shirts
Big Hair
Baby On Board
Friendship Bracelets
The Macarena
Bleached Hair
Beanie Babies
Tickle Me Elmo
Texas Hold ’em
The Atkins Diet
Livestrong Wristbands
Flagpole Sitting
Goldfish Swallowing
Kilroy Was Here
Superballs
Telephone Booth Stuffing
Zoot Suits

Not only do these Fads and Fashions cards cover some great territory, but they have a great design as well:

To be honest, I haven’t collected cards since middle school, but if I did, I’d collect these. Okay, I’d collect Garbage Pail Kids, but these would be next!