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Yu-Gi-Oh! (Japanese遊☆戯☆王HepburnYū-Gi-Ō!lit. “King of Games”) is a Japanese manga series about trading card gaming written and illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi. It was serialized in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine between September 1996 and March 2004.

The plot follows the story of a boy named Yugi Mutou, who solves the ancient Millennium Puzzle. Yugi awakens a gambling alter-ego or spirit within his body that solves his conflicts using various games.

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Panini is an Italian company headquartered in ModenaItaly, named after the Panini brothers who founded it in 1961. The company produces books, comics, magazines, stickers, trading cards and other items through its collectibles and publishing subsidiaries. Panini distributes its own products, and products of third party providers. Panini maintains a Licensing Division to buy and resell licences and provide agency for individuals and newspapers seeking to purchase rights and comic licences. Through Panini Digital the company uses voice-activated software to capture football statistics, which is then sold to agents, teams, media outlets and video game manufactures.

New Media operates Panini’s on-line applications, and generates income through content and data sales. Forming a partnership with FIFA in 1970, Panini published its first FIFA World Cup sticker album for the 1970 World CupSince then, collecting and trading stickers and cards has become part of the World Cup experience, especially for the younger generation. In 2017, a 1970 World Cup Panini sticker album signed by Pelé sold for a record £10,450.

Up until 2015, Panini produced stickers and trading cards for the UEFA Champions League. As of 2019, Panini has license rights of football international competitions such as the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Nations League and Copa América, as well as domestic leagues including the Premier League (from the 2019–20 season), Spanish La LigaItalian Serie A, and Argentine Primera División among others.

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The Topps Company, Inc. is an American company that manufactures chewing gumcandy, and collectibles. Based in New York CityTopps is best known as a leading producer of American footballbaseballbasketballice hockeysoccer, and other sports and non-sports themed trading cards. They will no longer be licensed by MLB to produce baseball cards after the 2025 season.

It is currently the only baseball card manufacturer with a contract with Major League Baseball. Topps also produces cards under the brand names Allen & Ginter and Bowman.

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Pokémon (an abbreviation for Pocket Monsters in Japan) is a Japanese media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a company founded by NintendoGame Freak, and Creatures. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996, and is centered on fictional creatures called “Pokémon”. In Pokémon, humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train Pokémon to battle other Pokémon for sport. All media works within the franchise are set in the Pokémon universe. The English slogan for the franchise is “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!“. There are currently 901 Pokémon species.

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The Upper Deck Company, LLC (colloquially as Upper Deck and Upper Deck Authenticated, Ltd. in the UK), founded in 1988, is a private company primarily known for producing trading cards. Its headquarters are in CarlsbadCalifornia, United States.

The company also produces sports related items such as figurines and die-cast toys on top of having exclusive agreements to produce memorabilia (under the brand name “Upper Deck Authenticated”) with such athletes as Michael JordanTiger WoodsLeBron JamesBen SimmonsWayne GretzkyConnor McDavid and Serena Williams. Under the Upper Deck Entertainment name, the company also produced card games such as World of Warcraft and Vs. System.

Upper Deck is also the current licensor of the O-Pee-Chee brand since 2007, having released several baseball and ice hockey card collections

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Magic: The Gathering (colloquially known as Magic or MTG) is a tabletop and digital collectible card game created by Richard Garfield. Released in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast (now a subsidiary of Hasbro), Magic was the first trading card game and had approximately thirty-five million players as of December 2018, and over twenty billion Magic cards were produced in the period from 2008 to 2016, during which time it grew in popularity.

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TOYS & COLLECTIBLES

Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.

Barbie is the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over sixty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parodies of the doll and her lifestyle. Mattel has sold over a billion Barbie dolls, making it the company’s largest and most profitable line.

The Barbie doll brand has expanded into a media franchise, including a long-running series of animated films that began in 2001. From 2002 to 2017, the films were aired regularly on the Nickelodeon cable channel.

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Fisher-Price (styled as fisher-price since 2019) is an American company that produces educational toys for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, headquartered in East AuroraNew York. The company was founded in 1930 during the Great Depression by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, Helen Schelle, and Margaret Evans-Price.

Fisher-Price has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel since 1993.

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Hasbro, Inc. (/ˈhæzbr/; a syllabic abbreviation of its original name, Hassenfeld Brothers) is an American multinational conglomerate with toyboard game, and media assets, headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Hasbro owns the trademarks and products of KennerParker Brothers, and Milton Bradley, among others. Hasbro is incorporated in Rhode Island,[4] and as of August 2020 over 81.5% of its shares were held by large financial institutions.[5]

Among its products are TransformersG.I. JoePower RangersRom the Space KnightMicronautsM.A.S.K.MonopolyFurbyNerfTwister, and My Little Pony. The Hasbro brand also spawned TV shows to promote its products, such as Family Game Night on the Discovery Family network, a joint venture with Discovery, Inc.. As of end 2019, it is also the parent company of mass media and entertainment company Entertainment One.

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Hot Wheels is a brand of die-cast toy cars introduced by American toymaker Mattel in 1968.[2] It was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, former owner of Matchbox.

Many automobile manufacturers have since licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of their cars, allowing the use of original design blueprints and detailing. Although Hot Wheels were originally intended to be for children and young adults, they have become popular with adult collectors, for whom limited edition models are now made available.

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Lego (/ˈlɛɡ/ LEG-ohDanish: [ˈle̝ːko]; stylised as LEGO) is a line of plastic construction toys that are manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in BillundDenmark. As of 2021, Lego was the largest toy company in the world. The company’s flagship product, Lego, consists of variously coloured interlocking plastic bricks accompanying an array of gears, figurines called minifigures, and various other parts. Lego pieces can be assembled and connected in many ways to construct objects, including vehicles, buildings, and working robots. Anything constructed can be taken apart again, and the pieces reused to make new things.

The Lego Group began manufacturing the interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Movies, games, competitions and eight Legoland amusement parks have been developed under the brand. As of July 2015, 600 billion Lego parts had been produced.

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Mattel, Inc. (/məˈtɛl/) is an American multinational toy manufacturing and entertainment company founded in January, 1945 and headquartered in El Segundo, California.

The products and brands it currently produces include BarbieHot WheelsFisher-PriceAmerican GirlUNOMegaThomas & FriendsPolly PocketMasters of the UniverseMonster High and Enchantimals, with Ever After High and My Scene also having been previously produced. In the early 1980s, Mattel produced video game systems, under its own brands and under license from Nintendo. The company has presence in 35 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 countries.

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Nerf is a toy brand formed by Parker Brothers and currently owned by Hasbro. Most of the toys are a variety of foam-based weaponry, with other Nerf products including balls for sports such as American football, basketball, and baseball. Their best known toys are their dart guns (referred to by Hasbro as “blasters”) that shoot ammunition made from “Nerf foam” (partially reticulated polyether type polyurethane foam).

Their primary slogan, first introduced in the 1990s, is “It’s Nerf or Nothin’!”. Annual revenues under the Nerf brand are approximately US$400 million.

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