Thrift Treasure: 101 Card Game
Sometimes you can tell the age of a game by just looking at the artwork. 90’s games have bright neon colors, while 80’s abstracts are full of primary shades. When we spotted this week’s Thrift Treasure at our local Goodwill, it was very apparent that this copy of 101 – The “Win It All” Card Game was right out of the 70’s. Brown, yellow and orange adorned the package – all that was missing was a wide polyester tie!
Included in the small box are 54 custom playing cards and 21 thick cardboard chits with the 101 logo printed on one side. Each player (up to 7) is randomly dealt three cards with the rest being put in the center of the table as a draw deck. They also each receive three of the cardboard chits. The goal for the round is to play numbered cards from your hand until the total reaches a sum of 101.
Beginning with the start player and proceeding clockwise, each person plays one card and draws back up to three cards. If a numbered card is played, the new sum total is called out. The exception is the card that has the number “101” on it – this immediately increases the running total to 101, no matter what the previous sum was. All numbered cards increase the pile’s total except the -10. Obviously, you subtract ten from the previous total.
Other cards force the next player to play two cards (PLAY TWICE), change the direction of play (REVERSE) or hold the sum at the current total (PLAY/PASS) as if the card were worth zero. These take effect immediately when played and take place of playing a numbered card.
The overall total may never exceed 101, and when that sum is reached, play continues with players playing any of their other cards except ones that add to the total. When one player cannot play a valid card, the round ends immediately and that person loses one of their 101 chits. A new round is then played, with that round’s loser also losing a chit. Once you lose all three of your chits you are eliminated from the game, and after multiple rounds, the last player possessing chits is the overall winner of 101 – The “Win It All” Card Game.
Originally offered by Gerry Products Co. of Hanover Park, IL, 101 – The “Win It All” Card Game was only issued in 1978. We could find no copies available on eBay and only one extremely overpriced example on Amazon. If you want a copy for yourself, keep watching the shelves of your local thrift store!
Have you ever seen a copy of 101 – The “Win It All” Card Game before?
7 thoughts on “Thrift Treasure: 101 Card Game”
It sounds kind like Uno? I love how much you and your family always play games. They are always super cool, hidden treasure games too!
Oh wow! This is really a throwback game. I’ll have to keep a sharp eye out while I’m thrift shopping.
You always seem to find such fun games at your thrift store. I’ve started looking at the shelves a little longer when I go to my local thrift stores. I’m usually there for books and clothes, but you now have me checking the games more closely.
I don’t ever remember seeing this game back in the day. We will keep our eyes open when we go thrift store shopping.
That would be awesome if I could snag one of these for us. It looks like a good thinking game!
I recently found two in a goodwill..both were factory sealed, but my version has orange plastic chits and came in a plastic clamshell type holder and slipcase. .99 cents each.
I just saw this posting, and I realize it’s 4 years old. I have approximately 20 of these games, brand new! I have them listed on a few online platforms. My parents bought a few boxes of them years ago. Over the years, I have donated them to nursing homes and other places.
Yes, I saw them once on Amazon a couple of years ago and yes, they were extremely overpriced!