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“Next” Glamour / Pin-Up Playing Cards, Ed Runci "Eyecatcher" Design on Backs, Maker Unknown, “Modernist” Designs on Faces, c.1980s?
Terrific deck of pin-up cards made for “Next,” the U.K. clothing and homeware retailer. I do not know the maker of these cards, but the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM05918) shows “Next” as the publisher and lists them as U.K. cards. The “Next” retail chain took hold in the mid-1980s and so I have dated them to that decade; however, the backs are a design by Ed Runci, titled "Eyecatcher," that dates to 1 955, and so they may date earlier.
The cards are very nicely made, and in addition to the Runci illustration on the backs, they have very “modernist” designs on the faces, with 2 large indices on each card, one black and one gray, and nothing more. The upright indice for cards A-10 is at the bottom half of the card, and for J-K is on the top of the card. This is true whether the black indice is on top, or the gray one.
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are wide, measuring 89mm x 64mm, and there is a special (heavy) box with a clouded, thick plastic tray inside a metal sleeve.
The cards are in “as new” condition, and the box is in very good condition.
A deck with very similar designs to the faces – but with different, “modernist” backs – is also for sale in this shop (T00001378).
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