Mario Quiz Cards (partially lost educational flashcard designs based on game franchise; 1995-1997)

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Box Front.jpg

The front of the box set.

Status: Partially Lost

The Mario Quiz Cards are a set of educational flash cards that were officially licensed by Nintendo. The cards were produced by Atlas Editions and Newfield Publications in 1995. The art was created by cartoonist Gary Fields. The cards are all part of different decks; each of which has 20 cards from 18 different categories.

Atlas Editions/Newfield Publications

Atlas Editions is no longer active, as seen on their website. Atlas Editions acquired Newfield Publications sometime during the production of these cards. This is seen by the 2 box variants (one with the Newfield logo and the other one with the AE logo). The 1998 website of AE/Newfield does not list the quiz cards, which implies that they stopped selling them sometime in 1997/1998.

Illustration

Illustrations for all of the quiz cards were done by cartoonist Gary Fields. Interestingly, older cards do not credit him at all, whereas cards from 1996/1997 have illustration credit in the bottom left-hand corner on the front of the card. Each card has unique art not seen elsewhere, inspired by Super Mario World. Many of these cards are infamous for their unusual depictions of the Mario universe (Ex: Luigi reading about Hitler, Bowser worshiping Al Capone, Mario and Luigi protesting nukes, etc).

Sample Packs and Promotional Materials

Certain sample packs of the quiz cards were mailed at random to promote the cards. When opened, they have a red paper with a promotion, in which one can get the box, manual, dividers, 40 cards, and tattoos for 24.95. This was then mailed to the company, which would send more cards to promote their card subscriptions. There are various other promotional pamphlets, including a purple pamphlet offering a green calculator as a bonus and another listing prices for the monthly card packs.

Documentation

There is currently no documentation of the cards in magazines such as Nintendo Power. This makes sense considering the little documentation there is about them. Children's magazines from 1995-1996 are a possible lead as to where these cards could have been advertised.

Codes

Numerical codes can be found on the back of each card, around the bottom right corner, representing deck and card numbers. The card prototypes also have these codes, which match their final counterparts. This suggests that deck and card numbers were decided early on during production. Each deck has 20 cards, so the highest number of decks x 20 may reveal the total card amount. This may be inaccurate though, as decks were sometimes skipped in other card sets by Atlas Editions. It’s unknown if any decks were skipped for this set. The D2 or D3 parts of the code usually reflect languages. The existence of 2 different codes could suggest a connection with a different Tintin quiz card set that was made by Atlas.

Ordering Cards

Based on the existence of sample packs and an ad for Star Trek Universe cards found in a magazine,[1] it's assumed that the company operated primarily through mail services and magazine adverts to promote their products. There are currently no known TV commercials from the 1990s regarding these cards. Sales could have begun as early as 1994 and most likely ended in 1998. New information suggests that calls could be made to order the cards (as one could call AE and ask them for other quiz cards not related to Mario).[2]

Card List

Deck Status
Deck 1 Partially Found
Deck 2 Partially Found
Deck 3 Found
Deck 4 Found
Deck 5 Found
Deck 6 Found
Deck 7 Found
Deck 8 Found
Deck 9 Found
Deck 10 Found
Decks 11-13 Existence Unconfirmed
Deck 14 Partially Found
Deck 15 Partially Found
Deck 16 Partially Found
Deck 17 Partially Found
Deck 18 Partially Found
Deck 19 Partially Found
Decks 20-22 Existence Unconfirmed
Deck 23 Partially Found
Deck 24 Partially Found
Deck 25 Partially Found
Deck 26 Found
Deck 27 Found
Deck 28 Found
Deck 29 Partially Found
Deck 30 Partially Found
Deck 31 Partially Found
Deck 32 Found
Deck 33 Found
Deck 34 Found
Deck 35 Found
Deck 36 Found
Deck 37 Found
Deck 38 Found
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Deck 42 Found
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Deck 88 Found
Deck 89 Found
Deck 90 Found
Deck 91 Found
Decks 91+ Existence Unconfirmed

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