Back when I was initially sorting through all my cards I found a few Mario Kart 64 cards. I don't recall where I got these cards. My research showed that these cards were available through a Nintendo Power catalog. I subscribed to Nintendo Power pretty much the whole time the N64 existed. I had kept all of the magazines, maybe around 60, until a few months ago when I just had to purge them all. I made sure to look through them all and it was a fun trip down memory lane.
I loved the Nintendo 64. At the time I felt like it was such a revolutionary console. Full 3D environments! N64 games don't quite hold up anymore but Mario Kart 64 is one exception. It was such a fun racing game and I thought all of the courses were well-balanced; except for that damn Yoshi's egg course.
I normally don't care for non-sports cards but these Mario Kart cards are an exception. I liked the design, I liked the fact that there were 64 cards, and I liked that it was Mario Kart 64. These cards seemed to be non-existent on the internet though. I found some references here and there but I couldn't get complete information on the set.
I don't consider any cards I collect to be "white whales" because frankly I don't chase any rare cards. I typically can't justify the expense. However, the moment I found out about these cards I made it my mission to track down the whole set. Naturally, eBay was my best bet. Other than a few cards here and there, I didn't have much luck. The only option I truly had was an unopened pack that was being offered at $99(!!). I offered the seller $10 but that was unexpectedly declined.
Several months go by until two weeks ago when my eBay alert pops-up and says that someone is selling the whole set, in great condition! I carefully watched the auction and as you can probably guess since you're reading this post--I won! I thought it would take me a lot longer to find all these cards but I was in luck!
|I'ma Wario, I'ma gonna win!|
|Everyone's favorite--triple red shell|
|Luigi tripping on a spiked mushroom|
Really nice images to represent the courses:
A few more scans of the item cards:
|A detailed description of the item|
But wait! That's not all! The last cards are Super Secrets destined to propel you to number 1!
|Telling me to power slide is neither super, nor secret.|
For a non-sport set by a non-trading card company (okay, I know Nintendo initially started out as a card company) this is a solid set. The real highlight to me is all of the card images for courses. They are unique shots. For fans of Nintendo or Mario Kart I would recommend this set but good luck trying to collect them all!