Mint, sealed (cards, not box) double deck of playing cards made c.1950 by Arrco Playing Card Co. for Philco, the radio and then television pioneer, whose “cathedral” style radios from the 1930s are coveted by collectors. To be precise, the cards advertise the “Philco Hi-Hat Club”. While there are other Club items for sale on the internet, I have not been able to find any information relating to the Club itself. Judging from those other items for sale, it appears that the “Philco Hi-Hat Club” was an actual club (or, perhaps, group of clubs), with members, and it is tempting to guess that it was a club that featured jazz music; but I do not know. Philco was purchased by Ford in 1961 and was renamed Philco-Ford, and the tax stamps for these cards dates them to the period 1940-1965. I have dated them to the mid-point of the date range.
Each deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers, all standard Arrco cards. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm. They come in the original box.
One of the decks is still sealed, and the other was opened for purposes of inspection and photographing here. The cards are mint. The box is structurally sound, but badly stained/foxed, especially to the undersigned and sides.
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