Erik Voskuil, who runs a wonderful In front of Maria (and wrote an excellent book of the same name), has one of the world’s best collections of Nintendo stuff. However, he recently managed to acquire something that was unusual even by his standards: several decks of Nintendo playing cards from the 1950s depicting the company’s hometown of Kyoto.
“I can’t overstate how excited I was to find these seventy-year-old Nintendo cards featuring Kyoto in the 1950s,” Voskuil wrote excitedly on August 7. “In all my years of collecting, these are the only copies I’ve come across. To put it into perspective, Voskuil writes on his blog, adding that this is the first time he has at all saw the cards – printed entirely in English – for sale after spending “over twenty years searching for vintage Nintendo items”.
I can’t overstate how excited I was to find these seventy year old Nintendo cards that featured Kyoto in the 1950s. In all my years of collecting, these are the only copies I’ve come across. Plus they are still sealed! Which begs the question… open or not?! https://t.co/Hn05Z7EggQ pic.twitter.com/NbH4Lh8HaW
— Beforemario (@beforemario) August 6, 2022
After Voskuil publicly aired his reluctance to open the packs—they are valuable and would retain that value if left closed—Voskuil finally decided to open one of them and keep the other, as it would allow him to see what cards were in the facts were inside. also keep the other set sealed.
Unfortunately, his initial enthusiasm didn’t last long.
“However, when I carefully removed part of the wrapper, I quickly discovered that all the cards were completely fused together,” he writes. “They were pressed together so long, probably in the heat and humidity, that the ink on all the cards caused them to stick together completely. The stack of individual cards turned into one solid brick. The photos on the cards, which contain a relatively large amount of ink, may also have contributed to this.”
Note that these cards are old, and thus lacked any of the plastics or laminates we would normally associate with playing cards made in recent decades. These were all paper, so when he says they came together, he means it. This is no longer a deck of cards, but an expensive pad of paper.
Voskuil, upon inspecting the second pack, found that these cards had suffered a similar fate, and while some suggested “putting the packs in the freezer for a while” or “putting them in the ‘sweat box’ also used by stamp collectors”, he says grimly that “unfortunately, these packs are beyond any of these methods and will remain bound together forever”.
Damn! The only consolation is that the boxes are beautiful too, and that Voskuil came with at least one card, as one of the two packs had a sample card attached to the back that could be removed.
You can see more images of the cards and learn more about why they were so important at Before Mario.
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