Review: Home computer collectible cards from the @ComputerMuseum #VintageComputing #RetroComputing @DominicPajak
An interesting find available through the Centre for Computing Historymuseum shop in the UK. Among other computing related items, they offer a set of Home Computers Collectable Cards. There are a playing card deck of cards with vintage computers spanning the Altair 8800 (1974) to the Raspberry Pi Prototype (2012) but leaning heavily on the older machines.
The cards come in a case resembling a cassette tape with paper insert (design above).
Here’s a sample of the cards (front and back):
Specifications for each computer is given. The packaging inside lays out a trump card game that may be played:
As noted at the bottom or the instructions above, the product is released under a Creative Commons license and was designed by 8bitkick. They are the result of a Kickstarter in 2015 – now all profits go to the museum.
These cards are way fun and help to relive the computers of the past.
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