Wonderful double deck of cards made c.1927 by USPC for "French, Shriner & Urner," a Boston shoe manufacturer of the day, advertising the company's "Twin Grip" golf shoes. Each deck has an Ace of Spades, a Joker and an extra card unique to French, Shriner; however, the best part of each deck is the special Ace of Clubs, titled "Four Aces of Clubs," which featured photographs of four prominent golfers of the day: Gene Sarazen, Harry Cooper, Leo Diegel, and Johnny Farrell. Presumably each had some kind of endorsement deal at the time, as the Ace states that the four golfers wear "Twin Grip" shoes. Of the four golfers, Sarazen is probably best known and remembered today, but Harry Cooper and Leo Diegel are also in the World Golf Hall of Fame, and Johnny Farrell had 22 PGA tour wins, including the 1928 U.S. Open (in a 36-hole playoff with the great Bobby Jones) and was voted Best Golf Professional in 1927 and 1928.
Each deck has 52 cards, including an original Ace of Spades and the special Ace of Clubs noted above, plus an original Joker, plus an original extra card advertising the company. The company logo is on the backs. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 57mm, with gold gilt around. They come in the original box with the company's logo.
The cards of the deck with salmon backs are in very good used condition, with edge wear and some soiling, but without other issues. The cards of the deck with the blue backs are in good used condition, with the same edge wear and soiling and with several cards that have additional issues (separately pictured). The Ace of Clubs in this blue deck has some corner "wrinkles" – not quite a crease or a bend, but affected. All pictures of the faces of cards are from the salmon deck, except the last two which show the cards from the blue deck with issues, including the Ace of Clubs from that deck. Approximately 10%-25% of the gold gilt is left on the cards. The box is in no better than fair condition. It has wear, soiling, and an ink spot, and the bottom is separated at 3 of 4 edges. I have resisted the temptation to tape the bottom, but it threatens to separate completely.
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