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Brown & Bigelow (Creative Playing Card Co., Inc.) “52 American Beauties” Pin-Up Playing Cards, Gil Elvgren Designs, c.1955
Excellent set of what is generally regarded as the finest deck of pin-up cards ever made, called “52 American Beauties,” featuring the original designs of Gil Elvgren. The cards were made by Brown & Bigelow affiliate, Creative Playing Card Co., c.1954, and there are actually 53 different Elvgren illustrations, one on each of the suited cards and on 1 of the 2 Jokers.
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers, 1 of which is a biography of Elvgren. The cards are wide, measuring 89mm x 63mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in superb condition, “as new” or very nearly so. The box is in good, perhaps very good, condition, reasonably clean but with shelf wear, especially at the edges and corners.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, “American Pinups” Color Insert
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