2 Decks Nintendo “Glico” Playing Cards (“Glico Almond Chocolates” and “Glico Giant Ice”), $25/ea, “Young Men” Designs, Izumi Tamai Artist, c.1967

Beginning in 1967, Nintendo made and published a deck it called "Young Men," that featured charming court designs by Japanese artist Izumi Tamai. That deck was an irregular long size, measuring 100mm x 58mm.

For sale here are 2 advertising decks made for the Glico Group, the Japanese confectionary maker, founded c.1920. Both decks use the Tamai "Young Men" designs, with slight differences noted below, one deck was made to advertise "Glico Almond Chocolates" and one for "Glico Giant Ice". I have dated the decks to 1967 – the year of the "Young Men" cards – and reading a history of the company at its website, this date may not be far off for the Glico cards as well.

Each deck is mint and sealed. The first 2 pictures show the actual decks for sale, while the remaining pictures showing the faces are from open decks. Each deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. The "Glico Almond Chocolates" deck, with backs that feature a smiling young man against a light green background, have "elongated" letters, suit symbols and pips, somewhat akin to the "Nu-Vue" cards made in the United States by Brown & Bigelow. The "Glico Giant Ice" cards have "normal," rounded letters, symbols and pips. I have tried to show this by lining up the same cards from the 2 different decks next to each other. Also, the Ace of Spades in the "Glico Almond Chocolates" deck is plain, while the Ace in the "Glico Giant Ice" deck has the "Young Men" shield and the name "Glico." Finally, while both decks are bridge size, the "Glico Almond Chocolates" deck is slightly larger, measuring 89mm x 58mm, while the "Glico Giant Ice" deck measures 88mm x 57mm. Please note that there are no boxes.

The cards are mint and sealed. Again, there are no boxes.

Each deck is available separately for $25, and both are for sale for $50.

Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards, Japan 46.

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Item ID: T00002171

$50 USD

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