Thrift Treasure: O’NO 99

Thrift Treasure: O’NO 99

I don’t know about you, but every friend I had growing up had a copy of UNO in their house. It was a family favorite of ours as well, even if I rarely won (stupid brother hoarding cards). When we happened across O’NO 99 at our local Goodwill for only 88 cents, the UNO logo on the box caught my eye and brought back a flood of memories.

By the creators of Uno, O'No 99 has been issued a number of times throughout the past 30 years. Find out why 99 is a number you want to avoid! - SahmReviews.com

Using a custom 54-card deck and a pile of included plastic tokens, O’NO 99 is a card game designed for 2-8 players originally issued in 1980. Each player works from a dealt hand of four cards, adding to a common stack of discards adding (or subtracting) the number shown on the card to the overall total.

By the creators of Uno, O'No 99 has been issued a number of times throughout the past 30 years. Find out why 99 is a number you want to avoid! - SahmReviews.com

Every player also gets three tokens to ‘pay’ for their losses. The goal of O’NO 99 is to not be the person who causes the pile to meet or exceed a total of 99. If you are the unlucky person, you lose a token. Lose all three tokens and you can keep playing until you lose one more time (you can’t pay for your loss).

By the creators of Uno, O'No 99 has been issued a number of times throughout the past 30 years. Find out why 99 is a number you want to avoid! - SahmReviews.com

But there are special cards in the deck that will trip you up easily. Playing a “Reverse” card reverses the order of play. A “Hold” card is like a “Pass” – the pile total remains the same but the play continues on to the next person. “Double Play” requires the very next person to play TWO cards – that is unless they also play a “Hold” or “Reverse”, passing the 2-card requirement to someone else.

By the creators of Uno, O'No 99 has been issued a number of times throughout the past 30 years. Find out why 99 is a number you want to avoid! - SahmReviews.com

The vast majority of the cards are positive numbers, but there are a few -10 cards that will keep the round going. But watch out for the “99” cards. No, these aren’t worth 99 points, but act as “dead” cards that will clog up your hand. They are unplayable, but reduce your hand choice to three cards (or two, or one). There are a total of four of these in the deck, so they will come into play quite often.

Rounds continue until there is only one person left and they are declared the winner! Oh no! I lost again…(pun intended).

Because of its popularity in the early 80’s, finding a copy at your local thrift store should not be too difficult. In fact, ours had a second copy for the same price! You can also easily find O’NO 99 on eBay, including some deluxe copies. I could definitely see using this in a grade school classroom to practice addition skills, so consider picking one up next time you see a copy for your kids’ teachers!

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

20 comments on «Thrift Treasure: O’NO 99»

  1. Nuno Santos says:

    Uno was also a classic at my home back in the day. Never played that 99 tho.

  2. Dave Racette says:

    Wish I had the thrift store luck others have…

  3. Stephen says:

    I need to find the time to start checking local thrift stores..

  4. That is totally cool! It’s been far too long since I’ve been thrifting…I need to make some time to see if I can find any treasures like this one…

  5. Jamie says:

    This looks like fun! I will definitely keep my eye out for this one. I wish our thrift stores had neat games like these.

  6. Dandi D says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen a game like this before!

  7. I was OBSESSED with UNO as a kid. I’ve never heard of this, but I am going to see if I can find it!

  8. Jeanine says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever played uno but it’s one of my oldests fave games. This is a great find! I need to hunt around the stores in my area!

  9. Debbie Denny says:

    I love Uno. I guess I have never played this one I guess. May be something that would be good.

  10. Mykidsguide says:

    I have never played this game, but I liked Uno. I will have to check our thrift store to see if they have this game.

  11. Uno was a popular game I played with friends and family. Kinda liking this idea of putting a spin on the game with different cards.

  12. Liz Mays says:

    LIke you, Uno was and is a favorite of mine. This twist on it would be really fun, and that price was too good to be true!

  13. This looks like an entertaining deck of cards, great find!

  14. Susan Hartman says:

    My family loved uno. We haven’t played it for a while. Something else I love-shopping at goodwill!

  15. I can see this being a pretty fun game! I didn’t know about this ono version!

  16. Michele says:

    You are not alone–I never won at UNO either. I never heard of this one but looks like I might enjoy it–maybe I could even win?

  17. Tami says:

    I enjoy card games. We invite our friends over regularly for games and dinner. I will have to grab this game online.

  18. Erika says:

    Great idea getting these games at a thrift store. Not only is it more economical, it’s a way of recycling instead of cutting down more trees!

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