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Bear's Animals (UK cards)

Bear Cards AppThe Yoyo Bear Animal cards first appeared in the UK in mid-November 2020, although the official launch was in mid-December. The cards are in Portrait format, with the numbers marked on the front. They have yet to appear in the USA.

The set consists of 60 cards, plus at least 9 bonus cards. For the first time, Bear has produced an "App" which enables collectors to keep track of which cards they have.

We are now in early October 2021, and after a false dawn in July, and the situation has got worse. A shortage of fuel and cardboard has affected the production of cards, and some packs now contain Greatest Games cards! We are still awaiting the final 10 cards.

About 10 months into collecting these cards, we can make the following observations:

1. Around 80% of the cards in the early packs were in the range 1-16.

2. By March, the cards 17-24, and 37 to 42 were appearing in greater numbers.

3. The next batch of cards first appeared in the new style Go-Ape packs which hit the shops in late April. The numbers available from the 1-60 range seem even more random than the original release. By mid-May, this batch comprised 26-29; 34-36; 46-48; 51-52; and 55-57; In addition there are 9 'Go-Ape' bonus cards, which are all types of tree dwellers, split into subsets of three. The final card in this batch is the, yet to materialise, Golden Go-Ape card.

4. In mid-July, it seemed that the rest of the cards had been released however, a month later, and it turned out to be a false dawn. The July batch consisted of 31, 33, 49, 50 and 60 in very limited numbers.....

5. In late September, due to a shortage of cardboard, the Go-Ape packaging had disappeared and some packs now contained Greatest Games cards. My own experience from the three packs I bought in October, is that one of the two packs dated Sept 2022 contained Greatest Games cards. The other Sept 2022 pack, and the third pack dated Aug 2022 contained Animal cards, but only the really common ones that appeared from the very start. All very frustrating.

6. There are still 10 cards missing in the range 1-60. These comprise the following cards: 25, 30, 32, 43, 44, 45, 53, 54, 58 and 59.

7. With regard to shiny cards, it would seem unlikely they will be part of the original 1-60, even though there are now 10 cards missing. There are three more sets of non-shiny bonus cards to come, and I think it is more likely that the shinies will come from here.

The image below shows most of the first six cards. All of pages have now been populated to some extent, but are still not complete. Hovering the mouse over the numbers below (or tapping numbers if on a tablet or phone) will display the remaining pages.

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Yoyo Bear's Animals UK Cards Gallery

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