Local Inventor Ken Johnson and Mattel Release Phase 10 Anniversary Box Set

The Detroit native created the card game 40 years ago
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Ken Johnson, pictured above, created Phase 10 in 1982. // Photograph courtesy of Mattel

Phase 10, a rummy-style card game invented by Detroit native Ken Johnson, is celebrating 40 years. To commemorate the anniversary, Mattel, which produces the game, is partnering with Johnson to release a special-edition Phase 10 box set.

Johnson, who still resides in Southeast Michigan and runs several businesses, created the game in 1982 at just 22 years old. Since then, according to a press release, Phase 10 has gone on to be translated into more than 20 languages and sold in more than 30 countries. More than 2 million Phase 10 decks are sold each year.

“I’m excited to partner with Mattel to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Phase 10,” says Johnson in a press release. “Since inventing the game in 1982, it’s brought me so much joy to see how this game has become a multi-generational family tradition over the years, transcending languages and cultures to bring people together all over the world.”

Ken Johnson, Creator of Phase 10 (2)
The special-edition box set is available for purchase through Amazon. // Photograph courtesy of Mattel

The object of the game is to be the first person to complete 10 varied phases — which include two sets of three, one run of seven, etc. — in order. Phase 10 is suitable for two to six players, ages 7 and up.

The anniversary set is $15 and includes a keepsake box and cards featuring retro graphics as well as a letter from Johnson. It will be available exclusively through Amazon.

To purchase, visit amazon.com.

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