Card Game is a pricing game played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards for a brand new car as well as with a special card deck to determine how close they must come to the car's actual retail price without going over to win it.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

  • The goal of Card Game is to make a bid on the car that is within a certain range below the actual price of the car. First, the contestant draws a card from a special deck of seven cards to determine how close they must come to the car's price without going over. The values in that deck include two cards each of $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000; and one $5,000 card.
  • The contestant is then given an opening bid of $15,000 and asked to draw cards from a standard deck of oversized playing cards. The cards drawn are used to increase the contestant's bid: Number cards add the face value multiplied by $100 to the bid, while face cards (Jack, Queen, King), like tens, are each worth $1,000. Contestants may draw as many cards as they want until they believe their bid is within the required range.
  • Aces are wild in this game if a contestant draws an ace, they can add any value they wish to their bid. Contestants are allowed to use an ace when it is drawn or save it for later use. They are also allowed to continue drawing after playing an ace, although the ace can effectively make their final bid whatever they want it to be.
  • When they decide to stop, a range is revealed corresponding to both the contestant's bid and the range card selected. The price of the car is revealed and if it falls within the selected range, he/she wins the car.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Card Game has undergone a series of rule changes, mostly because of inflation:
Year Opening Bid Range Card
1974~1983 - $200 to $1,000 each one (in increments of $100) (Aces were worth anything up to $1,000. Thus, the maximum starting bid done by the contestant is $1,000.)
1983~1993 $2,000 Two each of $500-$1,000 (in increments of $100) (No limit ace card bids)
1993~2001 $8,000 Three each of $500, $1,000, $1,500, and $2,000
2001~2005 $10,000 Same
2005~2008 $12,000 Two each of $1,000, $2,000, and $3,000, and one $5,000.
2008~2012, 2014~present $15,000 Same
  • Before the 2014 set change, the price of the car was read verbally; the player won if the difference between their bid and the ARP was within the range selected. With the set change, "OVER" is no longer displayed if the player goes over.
  • Card Game was taken out of rotation on July 24, 1975 (#1514D), then temporarily returned on September 12, 1975 (#1585D, aired out of order on September 10) and was back in the rotation permanently on November 4, 1975 (#1662D).
  • When the game's rules were changed on March 16, 1983 (#4843D), the game was retitled "(The) New Card Game" for approximately a year; also, the table received a new logo and paint job. On its first appearance, it was covered with a red sheet, and Holly lifted the red sheet to reveal the revamped game. On September 10, 1984 (#5391D), after the original name was restored, the game received another new paint job and a new 5-digit bid display, allowing it to be played for more expensive cars.
  • On November 19, 2004 (#3055K), the table and display were changed again to include a copper paint job and a new logo using a set of cards. In the later years of his tenure, former Price Is Right host Bob Barker had contestants drawing an ace simply say what they wanted their final bid to be, instead of requiring them to do the math and come up with a value to add to the bid.
  • Current host Drew Carey has returned to asking contestants to decide a value for drawn aces instead of stating a total bid, though he accepts final bids if a contestant offers one instead of a value to add.
  • Card Game wasn't played from February 16, 2012 (#5844K) until May 14, 2014 (#6743K), when it returned with an all-new Vegas-style look, new a custom Special Deck and main deck (retiring the "Big Bicycle" decks; these new decks have "Welcome to Carey's Card Club" on their backs; the design is in the style of the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign), a new monitor using cards as digits, and was played near Contestant's Row instead of on center stage for most pricing games. Like any pricing game using electronic displays (Bonus Game, Check Game, and Grand Game), the green display turns red if it's ruled a loss.
  • On October 13, 2014 (#6841K, aired out of order on October 14) and February 20, 2015 (#7015K) during Dream Car Week and #UDecide Week, a Range Rover ($66,625) and a Porsche ($68,590) were offered with a starting bid of $60,000. Neither playing was won.
  • On March 11, 2016 (#7445K, aired out of order on April 29), Melissa Belmontes picked an Ace, and her final bid from the Ace was $22,000. She barely won the car, which was priced at $22,025.
  • On September 30, 2019 (#8831K), the game received an enlarged table, keeping its current motif and allowing both Drew and the contestant to stand behind the table.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 46.
  • Picking the $5,000 range card is almost an automatic win, as most cars are within $19,000-$22,000 in the price for this game.
  • If Card Game is to be the Million Dollar Game on The Price is Right $1,000,000 Spectacular, the contestant would need to come within $100 of the price of the car to win the million dollars.
  • Card Game was one of seven pricing games seen the fourth taping session of Season 36, which was seen on October 18, 2007 (#4044K, aired out of order on January 2, 2008), October 24, 2007 (#4053K, aired out of order on October 23), November 2, 2007 (#4065K, aired out of order on October 30), November 7, 2008 (#4073K, aired out of order on November 8), November 13, 2007 (#4082K, aired out of order on November 15), and November 22, 2007 (#4094K, aired out of order on October 19).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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YouTube Videos[edit | edit source]

A playing of The New Card Game from 1983
A playing of Card Game with a Bill Cullen reference
A Card Game Win with the use of an Ace and only an Ace! (February 19, 1993, #8705D)
Card Game playing from May 7, 1993 with a rule change and now permanently played for 5-digit Cars (#8815D)
A Heartbreaking Loss! (January 23, 1997, #0224K)
A Super Heartbreaking Loss! (February 21, 2002, #2074K)
A Card Game Win from 2007 (April 6, 2007, #3945K)
New Card Game behind the scenes story
Card Game Returns (May 14, 2014, #6743K)
Card Game for a Range Rover (October 13, 2014, #6841K, aired out of order on October 14)
A 2-card Card Game Win! (October 23, 2014, #6854K)
A Card Game Win with the use of an Ace! (November 3, 2014, #6871K)
Card Game for a Porsche (February 20, 2015, #7015K)
A Heartbreaking Loss with the Use of an Ace! (March 29, 2017, #7873K)
Debut of Card Game's Enlarged Table (September 30, 2019, #8831K)

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