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Re: I can't be the ONLY person to have played this game.....
It appears to be a standard card game that you may have gotten a commercial version of. Boardgamegeek DOES have some standard card game listings (like poker or bridge) but definitely not all. The best place for standard card games is Pagat.com:
I also found this, which IS a commercial version, but it seems more 1890's than 1990's...
Hope this helps!
Oops! That Pagat entry is for a dominos variant (I hadn't realized that Pagat had dominos entries). That may be a completely different game. Anyway, I hope some of my comment helped!