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“Executive Deck” (“Nixon Deck”) Playing Cards, Dr. Gordon Mercer and F.W. Smith Designs, Maker Unknown (Japan), c.1973
Rather rare U.S. political deck, made in Japan, known as the “Executive Deck,” also known as the “Nixon Deck.” It features the terrific original designs of Dr. Gordon Mercer, a U.S. political scientist, and F.W. Smith, an artist. The King in each suit is Nixon; the Queen in each suit is Pat Nixon; and the Jacks are Spiro Agnew (Spades), John Connally (Hearts), John Mitchell (Diamonds) and Henry Kissinger (Clubs). I do not know the maker, but note that the Joker is very close (but not identical) to the standard Joker used by Angel Playing Cards Co.
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are bridge size, measuring 87mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are “as new.” The box is in excellent condition with very minor shelf wear.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.229, P14
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