Toys of the Seventies, Jokari

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A paddle ball game that had a weighted base connected to a small bungee cord and a handball like ball attached to it, each player had an oversized plywood ping pong paddle with a wrist strap(so as not to wing the paddle at bystanders if you lost your grip) and took turns striking the ball on the recoil leg of your opponents hit.Great game until your buddy missed the ball connected with your elbow..ouch!!Wimbledon for 10 yr olds on Marigold Circle Great Fun!!!
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Chris - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved this game! I would play, (by myself of course) in my driveway for hours. I found a jokari set at Big Lots a few years ago and got it for my stepson. He didn't like it at all and it seemed to be much cheaper than the original.
70's kid - May 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I've been looking for info on this game for years, but I was spelling it wrong. We used to play for hours. This site is awesome.
Shar - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED my jokari...would play in our culdesac for hours. I remember the plastic casing broke and underneath was a cement block.
Kris - June 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved jokari! Would have blisters on my hand from playing in our driveway. I wish I could find one for my kids. We used ours so much that the ball would come off the string and fly down the street.
Al - August 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this game ss well. I would play on my own for hours and with friends. I wore out my game. I remember there were to versions. A basic and a more expensive version with a better base. I wore out 2 of them until I could not find the replacements balls or strings. contsct me if anyone knows where to but one
ek - December 10, 2009 - Report this comment
i'm in the same boat. had it in the 70's, loved it and yes, my ball flew off into the bushes constantly too. i found a company that sells them after searching long and hard. there's a german company called manufactum which sells through the u.k. that sells a set. my sister and i each bought one to keep the exorbitant shipping costs down, but it was worth it. now, my 5 year old son got ahold of the scissors today and cut the attachment points where the string attached to the ball, so now i'm on the hunt for replacement balls. argh....
AEA - December 13, 2009 - Report this comment
In the 70's my younger brother and I would play this game game for hours. Our game was endorsed by Kyle Rote (sp?) Jr. We loved it!
Net - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Found during move, 2 paddles, but never had string at end of paddles to loop around wrist. The red box has 2 nail looking post to put into ground and keep it steady I believe? Rubber ball looks like a marble. Cannot find this version in photo's. How can I find out what it is worth?
Net - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Found during move, 2 paddles, but never had string at end of paddles to loop around wrist. The red box has 2 nail looking post to put into ground and keep it steady I believe? Rubber ball looks like a marble. Cannot find this version in photo's. How can I find out what it is worth?
Lorie - April 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I too used to spend hours playing this game. A few years ago I found Jokari 2002 online. I was so excited and I immediately ordered it. The rubber ball that came with the game was somewhat "flat" and not bouncy like the '70's version. I called the company and they sent replacement balls but they too were not bouncy like the original. Tonight I got to thinking about the game and I think I might try using a racquetball attached to the base and see how that works.
Kris B - May 06, 2010 - Report this comment
If ANYONE knows where I can purchase the complete Jokari set, PLEASE POST! I used to play Jokari with my brother at grandma's all the time! I inherited the set in the 90's but the set was unfortunately lost in a house fire in 2007. I would appreciate any help in replacing my treasured Jokari!
Kandy - June 16, 2010 - Report this comment
How funny I came upon this site. I have been trying to remember the name of my favorite game that I played (by myself with a ball on a rubber string with a racquet)many years ago. I googled some words and here I am. I was hoping that I could find a set and start playing again or my kids could play; it was such great exercise. If anyone knows where you can purchase one let me know. Thanks
Amy - August 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I too played this game in the 70's with my best friend. We loved this game so much. Why did they stop making it? I wanted to purchase the retro version and surprise my best friend with it, but I fear that I won't be able to do that. Any assistance in finding one would be great. It's really cool to know there are others out there who remember and love this game as much as we do!
Jokari - October 29, 2010 - Report this comment
My father is the guy with the gray hair on the Jokari box... Pretty cool. I grew up playing Jokari, Kickari (sister on that box, and subbuteo (i was in that commercial with Kyle Rote Jr.) I too am a huge fan and play it on it a regular basis with my 10 and 6 year old kids. They love it! I love reading these stories and would love to reproduce a few of the original sets!
Brandon - November 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I have an original Jokari pro set. Kyle Rote Jr signature. Set comes with Base, Ball, String, 2 Paddles with original grips and tethers. String is old and tied in a couple of spots but the game is still functional, very good shape for the age of the game. Anyone interested? I can send you pics via email, send me offers.
angie - January 21, 2012 - Report this comment
As a teenager, I received basically the same game for Christmas but mine wasn't a paddle, it was a racquetball racket. I loved it and would like to find one to play again. Does anyone know what the one with the racquetball racket was called and where I might find one?
Bruce - July 16, 2012 - Report this comment
how can i find out how much money my 1975 set is worth? Still have everthing!
chris - July 21, 2013 - Report this comment
love the game I want to get backinto shape bruce ill give u 40 bucks 4 it
Mark - January 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I just found my set from the 70's in a box in the attic. I loved this game and played for hours. i haven't seen it in years. I've got the 2 wooden paddles with the red Jokari brand and the wooden base with the ball. The rubber string is gone, but I've seen where you can order them. If anyone wants it, make me an offer. It's in good shape. Thanks.
Drea - June 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I am so desperate for someone to reinvent this wonderful game!!! I am having such a hard time finding a new one to purchase in the US.
Anne Furtney - January 16, 2015 - Report this comment
I have been looking for this game for years!!!! Please tell me where to find it!!!
Michele - March 09, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm looking to purchase one. I LOVE this game. Anyone interested in selling one? Please let me know..... Email me at With a pic & price please.... Thank you so very much. 😊
Heather - March 12, 2015 - Report this comment
Please if anyone has a set for sale let me know at i would be very Interested in buying it. Thanks
LISA KELLY - April 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Pam - June 19, 2017 - Report this comment
Looking to replace the string on my jokari anyone know what kind I could use

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