Excellent set of pinochle cards made by Arrow Playing Card Company, c.1925, before Arrow changed its name to Arrco. The deck is given the name “Kibitzer” because of the delightful backs on the cards; I do not think it is a separate brand, but rather believe that these were standard Arrow cards of the day. The Ace of Spades is shown in the Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia as a standard Arrow Ace. The deck is complete at 48 cards (2 x 24 – i.e., 2 each of the Ace and 9 through King in all 4 suits). The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are “as new.” The box has some soiling and considerable wear, but it has retained most of its tax stamp and is structurally sound.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.151, MSN1d.
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