Playing Cards and Card Game Collectibles
Aluminum Mfg. Co. “Aluminum Playing Cards,” Pan American Exposition, c.1901
Dubois Double Six “Card Dominoes”, Henry Jullier (sp.?) Designs, c.1827 ...
Charles Pry “Circus” Playing Cards, Hand Made By Artist, Ltd. Ed. (?/300), ...
Dondorf No. 301 “German” (“Deutsche Spielkarten No. 301”) Playing Cards, ...
About Two For His Heels
As we begin this year (2015), we are in the process of going through boxes of cards that have yet to be listed. We have literally 100s of decks that we believe may be of some interest to collectors, each of which is worth less than $25. The cost to list and maintain a listing here on Ruby Lane makes it impractical to list a single deck for less than $25, and so we will be organizing these decks into groups. We have done this from time to time in the past, but during the first six months of this year, we anticipate that there will be quite a few of such groups. For example in January we have already listed a group of 8 Airline decks and a group of 9 Coca Cola decks. A price is quoted for the group as a whole and for each deck individually, and often there is a discount to buy the entire group. If you are interested in one or more decks, but less than the entire group, please just send us an email. In all cases where a group of decks is offered, the domestic shipping quoted is for the group as a whole, and will be less if fewer decks are purchased.
Also, we anticipate that at some point during this year we will attempt to handle postage internally, with a resulting savings to our customers. We hope that this transition will go smoothly. In every sale, we charge only for actual shipping costs, and if any shipping charge ever seems out of line, please just let us know. While on the subject of shipping, we mention as we have in prior years that for domestic shipping Ruby Lane has instituted a system designed to calculate shipping and insurance automatically. When several items are ordered, that system simply adds together the separate shipping and insurance charges for the several items. That is, it does not “combine shipping” to reflect the savings involved in having several items shipped at once. There is nothing we can do to override this system. However, please be assured that we will combine shipping on all orders. This can be done by adjusting the invoice before payment is made, or if payment has already been made, by issuing a refund for the excess. Again, our intent is to charge our cost, and nothing more, for shipping and insurance.
We continue to be concerned that the shop may be difficult to navigate, and so repeat below what appeared in this space last year. If you have any suggestions about how we could make it easier to locate items of interest to you, we welcome them.
One of the best things about the Ruby Lane website is that it has a full text search capability. In most cases, the simplest way to find decks by a particular card maker is to search for that maker in the shop’s search box. This is also very efficient if the subject matter of the cards is known. For example, if interested in Alaska souvenir decks, a simple search of the word Alaska will show them all.
Another way to find a deck is to click on the link on the main page of the shop that says, “See All ___ Items.” As this is written at the start of 2014, that number is 540 Items. Under either “Antiques” or “Collectibles” the cards are generally arranged by the country of the card maker, not the publisher. This way of finding a deck is preferable when a full text word search generates too many decks. For example, a search for the Spanish card maker “Fournier” will also generate all decks in which the description contains a reference to the Fournier Museum catalogue – a very large number that will include decks made by almost every card maker worldwide of any historical importance. For Fournier cards it is best to go to the “See All ___ Items” link, click on “Playing Cards Spain” in the Vintage Collectibles category listed on the left of the page, and look at the Spanish decks. This is also often true if interested in cards made in a particular country.
One problem with looking for cards using the “See All ___ Items” link is that many “Antique” cards are shown in the “Collectibles” section. This is because Ruby Lane does not permit an item to be listed as an “Antique” for less than $100. There are many decks of cards from the early 20th century that are more than 100 years old – thus qualifying as “Antiques” by age – but not eligible for “Antique” status on Ruby Lane because they are listed for less than $100. For example, if looking for a deck made in Germany via the “See All ___ Items” link that is more than 100 years old, the “Playing Cards Germany” link in the “Vintage Collectibles” section should be clicked as well as the same link in the “Antiques” section, because the “Vintage Collectibles” section will include Dondorf and other decks that are more than 100 years old. Of course, if the name of the maker is known, the best approach would generally be to search for that name (i.e., word search for “Dondorf”).
Finally, if you would like us to be on the lookout for certain kinds of cards, please let us know. We are constantly buying and selling cards, and enjoy finding things that may be of interest to our customers.