1982 was... a year for video games. It was also a year for trading cards.
1982 would give us our famous Cal Ripken rookie card. But today, we are talking Donkey Kong.
The arcade game came out in 1981, followed by a Game-And-Watch version in 1982. It was a year before the great video game crash, followed by the 1985 release of the NES in the United States, reviving the industry.
But in 1982, it was all about the arcade, and Donkey Kong was in the arcade.
Those of you who are younger may remember the protagonist Donkey Kong from the "Donkey Kong Country" series. But before that, he was Mario's nemesis on the arcade machine, attempting to take him out by throwing barrels. Mario was known as "Jump Man" at the time.
Each pack gives us 3 rub-off "game" cards, 3 stickers, and a piece of gum.
Here are two fronts and a back of a game card. This game could be played 2 cards at a time, 1 friend vs. another for the highest score, if I am reading correctly.
Our first sticker card depicts "Stamp Out Donkey Kong" and an image of Mario avoiding a barrel.
Here we have some comical stickers including a damsel in distress, "keep off my joy stick", and "Donkey Kong Lives!" followed by a "Donkey Kong is King" Sticker.