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A Vintage Michigan Rummy Game Board Brings Back Family Memories

Updated on November 30, 2015

Michigan Rummy Board Games Are Vintage Fun

This is another fun party or group game that can be played on a new or vintage game board. I've only played a few times myself, but I remember as a kid my parents would bring out the Michigan Rummy Game every chance they had. Several times a year the rummy board game would come out and they would have a great time playing with their friends, and my Aunts and Uncles.

Michigan Rummy is a variation of the family of Rummy games. In Rummy you try to form runs and books (sets of like cards) by drawing and passing cards between opponents. The goal is to get rid of all of your cards before your opponent does and score points along the way. In Michigan Rummy the play and goal is very much the same, however you can also collect chips or coins along the way when playing special bonus cards (money cards). The first one to get rid of all of their cards wins that round and wins the pot.

Michigan Rummy game boards have been manufactured in the U.S. since at least the 1930s and by more than one game board company. Of course this means there are quite a number of the vintage boards still in circulation.

Image Credit: Author Winlin

The vintage Michigan Rummy Game shown in the picture is just like the one we would pull out for family get together's, such as Christmas. I have a feeling I'm not the only one with this memory. What a thoughtful and affordable gift this could make.

Vintage Michigan Rummy

Game Board Collecting

Michigan Rummy game boards have been mass produced since at least the 1930s. In fact one of the oldest I've seen is pictured in this lens, made by Transogram, dated 1938. Maybe you would even like to start an a collection of Vintage Michigan Rummy game boards.

The point being you can go to an online retailer such as Amazon and purchase a brand new version of the Michigan Rummy game or you can go directly to the e-bay auctions and try to score a vintage model. The Black Cat logo by Transogram is a favorite of mine.

What would be cooler than finding a like new in the box 1930s or 1940s version of Michigan Rummy? You can scour the Goodwill stores, garage sales, and flea markets too. If you're lucky you may find a great deal and don't forget about and e-bay. E-bay is a great source for vintage Rummy boards.

Michigan Rummy Card Game

Michigan Rummy by: Pressman Games

Or maybe you would rather have a brand new version of the original Michigan Rummy game. This one by pressman comes with instructions and plastic playing chips (we like to substitute pennies) and would make a great bring along to your next family event or to play at your own gathering.

I can't put a price in this module because it could fluctuate, however I can tell you that when this lens was written you could get this Pressman version of Michigan Rummy for under ten dollars. The playing cards are not included so make sure to have a deck available. If you want something special check out the lens How Many Cards In A Deck Many of the major card manufacturers have come out with some really unique looking decks of cards.

To get the current Amazon Pricing for the Pressman Michigan Rummy Game Board follow the link or double click the photo.

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Solid Wood Michigan Rummy Game Board - Features a handsome all-wood game board and three additional games.

For more information including current pricing and availability follow the link or double click the photo. Image Credit: Amazon

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      5 years ago

      I've heard of this game, but never seen it...till now! Looks like a lot of fun, especially for a cold and snowy night, near a warm fire with friends.

    • BobZau profile imageAUTHOR

      Bob Zau 

      6 years ago

      Michigan Rummy is a fun game that is easy enough to play while you carry on conversations with your friends.


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