YABBA CARDS

Yabba is the brand name adopted in 1999 for new cards to replace Telecom's TalkAway card series.

1999 YABBA "FREE FORM" SERIES

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$5 Yellow YABBA     $15 Pink YABBA     $30 Orange YABBA    $50 Green YABBA

Note: This series is the first to be called "Yabba" cards, a name which is to replace the "TalkAway" name. In July 2001 the plastic cards shown above were replaced by cards of identical design printed on thinner cardboard. These reprints can also be distinguished by white panels on the reverse where the expiry date and code numbers are printed.

2000 YABBA THOMAS COOK VARIETY.

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$15 Pink

YabbaThomasCook$30.jpg (15157 bytes)

$30 Orange

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$50 Green

Note: The "Thomas Cook" Yabba cards are the same as the basic Telecom Yabba cards except that they have the Thomas Cook imprint on the face as part of the printed design.

2000  YOUTH HOSTEL ASSOCIATION YABBA SERIES

YabbaSheep$5YHA.jpg (15200 bytes)

$5 Lamb Skydiver

YabbaYHA$15.jpg (15680 bytes)

$15 Penguin Ski-boarder

YabbaHedgehog$30YHA.jpg (15794 bytes)

$30 Kiwifruit Tramper

In Late 2001 the above cards appeared printed on cardboard rather than plastic.

2000 KIWI EXPERIENCE TOUR BUS COMPANY

TelecomYabbaKiwiExp$5.jpg (17700 bytes)

$5 Kiwi Experience

TelecomKiwiExperience$15.jpg (14964 bytes)

$15 Kiwi Experience

YabbaKiwiEx$30.jpg (17353 bytes)

$30 Kiwi Experience

Note: the above cards each have a design incorporating a Yabba Free form card of the same denomination.

2000 ADVERTISING

TelecomKnightAccounting$5.jpg (12848 bytes)

$5 Knight Accounting

TelecomYabbaAMPBendall$10.jpg (13515 bytes)

$10 AMP -Ken Bendall

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$(?) Pulsate Activecard

2001 YHA "READY TO YABBA"

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($  ) personalised YHA card

Note: the above card has a standard Yabba back with pin number and phonecard expiry date which does not usually correspond with the YHA membership expiry date shown on the front of the card.

2002 GLOBAL BOOST

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$10 Andrew Morrison

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$20 Daniel Kereopa

Note: These cards are not branded Yabba but they fit in here most easily because unlike other Telecom "Boost" cards which are for recharging cellphones, these two cards are for use from any landline touch tone phone.

2002 PLUMBERS

TelecomYabbaPlumb$5Ryan.jpg (14821 bytes)

$5 Ryan Plumbers

YabbaDrainlayingWaite$5.jpg (15577 bytes)

$5 A E Waite Ltd

Note: Telecom issued a series of 4 Adcards (Regular magnetic cards) in the late 1990's for various plumbing merchants with different companies having their names printed on the card reverses.  With magnetic cards being replaced in late 1999 the idea of special phonecards for plumbers was continued but with a Yabba card instead.  It is not  known how many different companies have cards so it is possible other designs and values exist.

2002 & 2004 AIR NEW ZEALAND HOLIDAY REWARDS

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($? ) Holiday rewards

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($? ) Holiday rewards

The above card at left first appeared in 2002 and is printed on cardboard. The design at right which first appeared in 2004 is virtually identical to a holiday rewards plastic card previously issued as a Talkaway series card. The only differences are on the backs.

2002 NEW ZEALAND FINANCIAL PLANNING COMPANY LTD.

TelecomYabbaFinancial$5.jpg (10031 bytes)

$5 Blue logo

2002 MASTER ELECTRICIAN

MasterElectrician$5.jpg (15985 bytes)

$5 Imprinted Yabba

2002 AMERICA'S CUP "CALL YOUR CREW" SERIES

TelecomACupCrewCard$15.jpg (15908 bytes)

$15 Black Yacht

TelecomACupCrewCard$30.jpg (13217 bytes)

$30 Black Yacht

2003 AMERICA'S CUP "CALL YOUR CREW" with yellow sticker.

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$15 Black Yacht

Note: It appears that these "Call your Crew" cards caused a lot of confusion with the public and retailers not sure of their purpose. Later in the sales run the $15 cards started to appear with a small Yabba sticker on the face to indicate their status.

2003-2005 YABBA FREEFORM SQUARED OFF Series.

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$2 Blue

Yabbasquare$5.jpg (14600 bytes)

$5 Green

Yabbasquare$15.jpg (14321 bytes)

$15 Orange

Yabbasquare$30TM.jpg (14656 bytes)

$30 Yellow

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$50 Pink

The $5 value was issued in November 2003, the $15 in January 2004 while the $50 first appeared in March 2004. The $2 complimentary card first appeared in February, 2005 while the $30 card finally appeared in July 2005.

2005 YABBA FREEFORM REGISTERED TRADEMARK

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$5 Green

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$15 Orange

The above cards differ from the previous set in that they have a registered (ie R in a circle) logo after the YABBA text rather than the previous trade mark (ie TM) symbol. They also now have a white back whereas the previous set had yellow backs

2005 YOUTH HOSTEL ASSOCIATION YABBA SERIES

Yabbaflysheep$5NLogo.jpg (15064 bytes)

$5 Sheep

YabbaflysPenguin$15NLogo.jpg (14886 bytes)

$15 Penguin

Yabbanew$30logo.jpg (15950 bytes)

$30 Kiwifruit

Note: these cards are similar to the 2000 series but they feature Telecom's updated logo at their foot.

2005 BARMY ARMY DISCOUNT CARD

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($ ) Red

This card was issued in june 2005 for use by Supporters of the visiting British and Irish Lions Rugby Team who are marketed as the "Barmy Army"


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