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Old 06-14-2018, 07:58 PM
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What do the numbers at the bottom mean? (Back)
Engel never says specifically what those numbers mean. You'll see cards with 5, 6 or 7 digit numbers within the same set. It just seems to be the weird numbering system they used but there has to be some method behind the madness. Some sets have math equations/problems on them.

Some sets included popular music or movie personalities as well as well known cartoon/comic characters. That might be what you have.

BTW...the symbol at the top is typical...you see rock/paper/scissors on lots of the different sets.
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Engel never says specifically what those numbers mean. You'll see cards with 5, 6 or 7 digit numbers within the same set. It just seems to be the weird numbering system they used but there has to be some method behind the madness. Some sets have math equations/problems on them.

Some sets included popular music or movie personalities as well as well known cartoon/comic characters. That might be what you have.

BTW...the symbol at the top is typical...you see rock/paper/scissors on lots of the different sets.
The numbers on menko cards are not a card number. Much like the paper, rock, scissors symbol, the numbers were for use in a game.

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Your card looks similar to 1960s menkos that don't depict actual players. They are cartoon characters.

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Amazing information. Thanks for the help
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That is a menko based on a manga comic book called Kuri Kuri Toshu (Kuri Kuri Pitcher), which is what the writing on the front says. The books were authored by Hiroshi Kaizuka, a popular manga writer from the late 50s - 60s.

You can see some of the comics here:

https://order.mandarake.co.jp/order/...8A%95%E6%89%8B

Unfortunately I don't think the menko has much value, only a few of the ones with comic characters on them sell for a lot here and I don't think that is one of them (though its not my area so I'm not 100% sure on that). Its an interesting piece though.

The back contains three games kids could choose from to play (assuming of course they had a stack of these). The top is a rock-paper-scissors one, pretty self explanatory. The middle one says "3 base hit" and was part of a baseball game. The number on the bottom is also part of a game, though I'm not sure how that was played, they are pretty common to see on menko.
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Great info, thanks for sharing. And Andy, above, gets partial credit too


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That is a menko based on a manga comic book called Kuri Kuri Toshu (Kuri Kuri Pitcher), which is what the writing on the front says. The books were authored by Hiroshi Kaizuka, a popular manga writer from the late 50s - 60s.

You can see some of the comics here:

https://order.mandarake.co.jp/order/...8A%95%E6%89%8B

Unfortunately I don't think the menko has much value, only a few of the ones with comic characters on them sell for a lot here and I don't think that is one of them (though its not my area so I'm not 100% sure on that). Its an interesting piece though.

The back contains three games kids could choose from to play (assuming of course they had a stack of these). The top is a rock-paper-scissors one, pretty self explanatory. The middle one says "3 base hit" and was part of a baseball game. The number on the bottom is also part of a game, though I'm not sure how that was played, they are pretty common to see on menko.
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