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

The Detroit native created the card game 40 years ago
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.