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Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!!

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939.

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd in 1939 as part of their ‘International Series’. The pack consists of 64 cards composed of 4 each of 16 humorous characters. Each player has 5 counters, known as “lives”, and the object of the game is to force other players to lose “lives” until one player emerges victorious. See the Rules

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939 Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939

Above: Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939. 64 cards + counters + rules in box.

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939