Konami Silent Hill “Menko Stadium” Cards (JPN)

Format: Cards
Released: 2001
Publisher: Konami
Region: Japan
Catalog Number: N/A
ISBN: N/A
Purchased: June, 2009
Where: Yahoo! Japan Auctions through rinkya.com
Quantity/Condition: 1 x USED
Autograph(s): N/A

#51-#52 Menko cards from the Konami’s “Menko Stadium” set that features characters from various Konami products including Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill. There are 10 different Silent Hill Menko cards numbered #51-60 in this set featuring two characters from Silent Hill and eight from Silent Hill 2. #51 is a foil menko card and features Harry with a lead pipe on the front and a black and white photo of Harry and his late wife holding baby Cheryl from the Silent Hill opening on the back. #52 is a normal menko card and features an cgi shot of Cybil from the opening on the front and a shot of Cybil sitting on her bike on the back.

Menko is a very old Japanese card game that was popular since the Edo period and played by two or more players. One player places a thick cardboard menko card on hardwood or concrete floor and the other player throws down his/her card, trying to flip the other player’s card with a gust of wind or by striking his/her card against the other card. If he/she is successful they get to keep both cards. The player who takes all the cards or the has the most cards at the game’s end wins. The game is pretty much just like “pogs” that was popular when I was ten years old!