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Published December 03, 2022 Updated December 03, 2022

Laser Clay playing cards

Pack promoting the Laser Clay Shooting System created by Nintendo in 1973.

1973 Japan Nintendo Sports Add to Collection

Attractive, non-standard, double-ended courts, each in an oval frame. The red-suit pips are printed in orange and the black-suit pips in blue. In addition to orange and blue, the colours silver and purple are used extensively on the court cards to great effect. Behind the Kings is an eagle, behind the Queens is a butterfly, and behind the Jacks is a horse. All the pips are arranged vertically down the centre of each card. A cream background is used throughout, while the backs are printed in black and gold with “LASER CLAY” across the centre. The cards are elongated.

 Laser Clay playing cards made by Nintendo PC Co. Ltd, Kyoto, Japan, 1973  Laser Clay playing cards made by Nintendo PC Co. Ltd, Kyoto, Japan, 1973  Laser Clay playing cards made by Nintendo PC Co. Ltd, Kyoto, Japan, 1973

Above: Laser Clay playing cards made by Nintendo PC Co. Ltd, Kyoto, Japan, 1973. 52 cards + 2 (identical) Jokers in plastic box. Size: 58.5 x 100.5 mm.

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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