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Another treasure unearthed from Roger’s vaults: Back in 1978, football was an altogether less commercial entity and anyone that wanted to create a World Cup product could produce one, licensing be damned. Hence English schoolyards were stuffed with the classic card set WORLD CUP 1978 TOP TRUMPS.  A simple game whose instructions are re-produced on the second card above.  It’s beauty lay in the fact that football was so insular back in those days, all of the players were unknown to us and exotic.  England had failed to qualify, and as we played countless games of cards, the names “Platini, Deyna, and Daniel Killer” became impressed upon our imaginations…

If anyone wants to play 1978 Top Trumps with us in New York City, just let us know.