Leapin’ Lizards! Here’s the very rare Annie Card Game produced by Parker Brothers in 1982. Based on the comic-strip character Little Orphan Annie (also recently seen in Broadway and cinema productions), this vintage card game reinforces spelling to young children.
For a bit of history, Little Orphan Annie was a daily American comic strip created by Harold Gray (1894–1968) and syndicated by the Tribune Media Services. The strip took its name from the 1885 poem “Little Orphan Annie” by James Whitcomb Riley, and made its debut on August 5, 1924 in the New York Daily News. It ranked number one in popularity in a Fortune poll in 1937.
The plot follows the wide-ranging adventures of Annie, her dog Sandy and her benefactor Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. Secondary characters include Punjab, the Asp and Mr. Am. The strip attracted adult readers with political commentary that targeted (among other things) organized labor, the New Deal and communism.
Annie Card Game is in near-mint vintage condition. The box top graphics are quite vivid, and the entire box shows little signs of wear The 35 playing cards and rule card are free of tears, creases and frayed edges.
This card game based on the life of Little Orphan Annie would make for an ideal birthday or holiday gift for any child. Elementary-school language arts teacher will enjoy it, too, as a useful and instructive classroom game.