Rummikub celebrates 70 years with commemorative postage stamp in Israel

The popular family gaming title Rummikub has been handed national recognition of its cultural impact in its country of origin, Israel, where it has received its own commemorative, bespoke postage stamp.

The new Israeli stamp features iconic tiles from the game first invented in 1950, including its much-loved Joker tile, celebrating 70 years of the game’s influence and impact on the gaming space.

Rummikub was first created and developed by Ephraim Hertzano, who started hand-making sets in the back garden of his home with his family in Israel. Since then, an estimated 50 million games have been sold in over 60 countries around the world, and translated into 27 languages.

The game is distributed in the UK by John Adams Leisure.

Each game of Rummikub is as different as the combinations of moves a player chooses to play. The aim of the game to is to be the first to clear your rack of all tiles onto the table as part of a ‘run’ or ‘group’ and then shout ‘Rummikub’.

Players must use strategy and sharp moves to outwit their opponents but beware of the Joker… he can fire up the game, and if he is smiling on your rack at the end of the round, you lose 30 points.

Rummikub is available in many variations including Classic, Travel, Junior, and more. It can be played with two to four players aged seven upwards (Junior from four plus) and is available in all good toy stores.

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