Eight excellent souvenir decks made by various makers during the past 75-80 years or so. Each is available separately for $10. All 8 can be purchased for $75. Each is described below:
• Mint, sealed (cards, not box) deck of “Beautiful Britain” cards, with backs depicting Bootham Bar in York, made by Waddington’s. The “Beautiful Britain” series was a special series made by Waddington’s for the London & North Eastern Railway. The box of this deck has a special band confirming the abolition of the duty on English playing cards in 1960. I have adopted this as the date of the cards, although Bollhagen dates this deck c.1956, and the actual manufacture of the cards probably preceded the abolition. As noted, the cards are still mint and sealed in their glassine type wrapper; the box is in very good condition, although the after-added bands are somewhat frayed and there is slight wear along the edges. Reference: Bollhagen, The Great Book of Railroad Playing Cards, p.96, LNE-49.
• Mint deck made by De La Rue c.1950, with lovely illustrated backs depicting 5 famous landmarks of London. The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Goodall Jokers, a design inherited by De La Rue when the 2 companies merged. The cards are bridge size; there is no box. As noted, the cards are mint.
• Mint deck of “Cornwall” cards made by Obchodni Tiskarny n.p. Kolin c.1970s, with backs depicting a map of Cornwall. The deck has the “Foreign” Ace of Spades used by Kolin, and a Joker used by Kolin that bears a similarity to a standard Waddington Joker. The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. They are bridge size, and come in a box that is unmarked, and may be missing its sample card. The cards are mint, and, except for the fact that it may be missing its sample card, the box is “as new.”
• Mint deck by Aotea Playing Card Co. of New Zealand c.1940, with a black and white photograph on each card depicting a New Zealand scene. The deck has 52 cards, plus 1 Joker. The cards are bridge size; there is no box. As noted, the cards are mint.
• Beautiful deck of Swiss souvenir cards made by AG Muller in the early 1990s, with a gorgeous color photograph on each depicting a Swiss scene. The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are bridge size; there is no box. The cards are “as new.”
• Excellent deck made by Arrco c.1940, with very attractive illustrated backs depicting the U.S. Capitol Building. The deck has 52 cards, plus 1 standard Arrco Joker, and 1 contract bridge scoring card. The cards are bridge size; there is no box. The cards are in excellent condition, “as new” or nearly so.
• Mint, sealed deck of “Bok Tower” cards, made by Arrco c.1930s, with backs depicting the famous Florida landmark. I believe that the image on the backs is a color photograph, but conceivably it is an illustration. I assume that the deck has 52 cards, plus 1 Joker – a standard Arrco Joker shows through the wrapper. The cards are bridge size, with gold gilt around, and come in the original box, which has a very clean $.10 tax stamp. As noted, the cards are mint and sealed, although the wrapper is coming loose at one end. The box is also “as new.”
• Excellent deck made by Arrco c.1940, with delightful illustrated backs depicting persons recreating in the ocean and on the beach at Convention Hall in Atlantic City. The deck has 52 cards, plus 1 standard Arrco Joker, and 1 contract bridge scoring card. The cards are bridge size, and come in the original box. The cards are in excellent lightly used condition, with some edge wear and very light soiling.
THE CHARGES SHOWN FOR DOMESTIC SHIPPING AND INSURANCE ASSUME THAT ALL 8 DECKS ARE PURCHASED. If FEWER THAN 8 ARE PURCHASED, SHIPPING AND INSURANCE WILL BE LESS.
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