Extremely charming oversize deck made c.1992 by Carta Mundi for Workman Publishing, called “Cards for Kids.” The cards feature the delightful designs of Simms Taback, celebrated illustrator for children's books. I have described the deck in the title of the listing as a “no revoke deck.” Although the suit symbols are standard colors, the pips, Aces and court cards are set against interior rectangular backgrounds that are blue, purple, green and orange/yellow by suit. That is, the Heart suit pips, etc. are set against interior rectangles that are orange/yellow, the Club suit against green rectangles, etc.
Wikipedia has a short article on Taback:
“Simms Taback (February 13, 1932 – December 25, 2011) was an American writer, graphic artist, and illustrator of more than 35 books. He won the 2000 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat," and was a runner-up in 1998 for "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."
“Taback graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and served in the United States Army. He was a designer for CBS Records and The New York Times. He was the founder and president of the Illustrators Guild (later the New York Graphic Artists Guild) and taught art at the School of Visual Arts and Syracuse University.
“Taback designed the first McDonald's Happy Meal box in 1977. He died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer.”
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are very large, measuring 128mm x 82mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in excellent condition. They have clearly been handled, and may have been lightly used, but there is no indication that any attempt has been made to shuffle them. The box is clean, but missing a top side flap, with generalized wear at the edges and corners.
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