Very interesting and I believe somewhat rare deck of cards published by the Turkish Playing Card Monopoly c.1970s. I infer the date from the tax imprints on the Aces and pip cards, and because the box has a white band. There is a very similar deck at the Elliott Avedon Virtual Museum of Games which the Museum has dated 1975, and I think this deck is probably about the same age. The box has the words "Briç Oyun Kâğidi ("Bridge Playing Cards"). There are initials inside the imprint reading "O.K." which I believe stands for Oyun Kâgitlari. Other imprints on Turkish cards reported in the literature have the initials "O.K.M.," known to stand for Oyun Kâgitlari Monopolü, which translates "Playing Card Monopoly" and I believe that O.K. means the same thing. I think the word Artex on the box and label, and inside the imprint, describes the coating used (i.e., something comparable to "plastic coated" in English), but I am far from sure about that. Finally, there is a reference in the imprints on the cards to "KZL-AY/30," and I have given that as a "title" for the deck. I have no idea what these latter letters and numbers represent – conceivably a brand.
The deck is complete at 52 cards – probably never a Joker. I assume this because the court cards are in the Belgian pattern. As noted, the Aces and pip cards have imprints – commonly seen on Turkish cards from the 1970s and 1980s. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 57mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in excellent condition, very lightly used. The box is in no better than good condition. It has been opened from the bottom, the bottom side flaps are missing and there is tearing at a bottom edge and wear at other edges.
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