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10 Vintage Games

We chose our childhood favorites. Did yours make the list?

The most exciting moment of Mystery Date is when players turn the doorknob to find out which bachelor has called. — Photo courtesy of Tim Walsh

Mystery Date

Debut: 1965

Inventors: Marvin Glass and Henry Stan

Company: Milton Bradley

Object of the game: Players get ready for a date by acquiring three matching color-coded cards to assemble an outfit, which must then match the outfit of the date at the "mystery door." The original version featured the formal dance date, the bowling date, the beach date, the skiing date and the dud.

History: Game and toy designers Marvin Glass and Henry Stan combined the allure of Barbie with the fun of 1965's biggest game show, Let's Make a Deal, to create Mystery Date.

Updated versions: The game was slightly updated in 1972 but was discontinued in the late 1970s. In 2000, Milton Bradley reissued the game for its 35th anniversary calling it a "classic mystery game." This modern version features an electronic toy phone, three types of mysteries and 24 different bachelors giving clues. Fans can also find a 40th anniversary edition and a High School Musical 3 edition.

Trivia: Mystery Date is a must-have game for many collectors. An original copy from the 1960s can sell for $150-$200.

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