Russell “No. 126 Pageant” Playing Cards, Art Deco Backs, c.1926Russell “No. 126 Pageant” Playing Cards, Art Deco Backs, c.1926Russell “No. 126 Pageant” Playing Cards, Art Deco Backs, c.1926Russell “No. 126 Pageant” Playing Cards, Art Deco Backs, c.1926

Mint set of cards with a wonderful art deco design on the backs that came in a box marked "No. 126 Pageant." The box was sealed with the tax stamp when I received it, but I could learn nothing about the brand, and so I cut the stamp to see what was inside. According to the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM #03040), the Joker is a joker that was used in the Hamilton brand beginning in 1926,. The Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia notes that Russell Playing Card Co. became a part of the United States Playing Card Company in 1929. This deck includes an Auction Bridge scoring card revised as of 1926, and so I have attributed the deck to Russell – possibly a short-lived predecessor to the Hamilton brand. However, it is quite possible that this deck is a USPC brand, made after Russell was absorbed into USPC. The brand is not mentioned anywhere online that I can find, or in literature available to me.

The deck has 52 cards, plus the Joker and Auction Bridge scoring card noted. The cards are bridge size, measuring 90mm x 58mm, and come in the original Pageant box.

As noted, the cards are mint. The box is in excellent condition, with very little shelf wear for a 90 year old deck. Again, I cut the tax stamp.

Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p. 136.

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Russell “No. 126 Pageant” Playing Cards, Art Deco Backs, c.1926

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