2009.199.1 a-g

Folk Toys and Games

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  • 2009.199.1 a-g Trading Cards
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What is it?
Trading Cards
What is it made of?
Where is it from?
When was it made?
ca. 1990
Object ID
2009.199.1 a-g

This set of seven Japanese trading cards features anime characters from the show "Saint Seiya." There are four horizontal and three vertical trading cards, all rectangular; two of the vertical cards are identical. The cards are attached to a rectangular sheet of glossy green cardstock. A brief line written in Japanese with copyright information is printed on the bottom of each card.

The trading card game is played as follows: each player lays his or her cards on the ground, face up. The first player picks up one card and throws it onto the ground. The air create by the force of the throw is mean to upturn the other cards. If any card has been upturned, the player can then keep that card. The player with the most cards at the end wins. 

"Saint Seiya" (also known as "Knights of the Zodiac") was a manga and anime series. It ran in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1986 to 1991 and aired on Asahi TV from 1986 to 1989. The series centers around five characters who fight to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena against the other Olympian gods who want to rule the earth. The first foreign translation of "Saint Seiya" was into French in 1988. It was not until 2003 that it made an English translation debut.

2009.199.1 a-g Trading Cards