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Mint, sealed deck of rare and unusual cards published by Compucard, Inc., conceived and designed by S.G. Pitroda. I assume that S.G. Pitroda is Satyanarayan Gangaram Pitroda, popularly known as Sam Pitroda, a prominent telecom engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and policymaker born in India. Starting in 1964, Pitroda lived in Chicago, and spent considerable time in Delhi, frequently as a technological and engineering consultant to the government of India. Compucards, Inc. was located in Oak Brook, Illinois, and presumably is a company Pitroda formed to publish these cards. I do not know who actually made the cards. The first 2 pictures show the deck listed here; the remaining pictures showing the faces of the cards are from an open deck, but the cards for sale are still sealed in the wrapper.

The back of the box describes the deck:

“This new set of playing cards is aimed especially at the growing population of computer users. These cards are different from traditional cards. The new card game uses Binary Values (1,2,4,8, etc.) as opposed to Decimal Values (1,2,3, . . . . 10 etc.) The Q, K and Joker are replaced by Computer, Programmer and Bug. Almost all of the known card games can be played with the new Binary Cards for fun and excitement.”

The box and the 2 extra cards included with the deck go on to explain how to use the deck. Frankly, it is not at all clear to me how known card games can be played with this deck, but then I am hardly conversant with the whole concept of “binary values.” It is worth remembering that the world of computers was very different in 1983 than it is today. The deck has 64 suited cards (16 in each of the 4 suits), plus 2 Jokers (Bugs), plus the 2 extra cards noted that describe the deck. Each suit has the following cards in ascending order: +1, *1, +2, *2, +4, *4, +8, *8, +16, *16, +32, *32, +64C (Computer), *64C (Computer), +128P (Programmer), and *128P (Programmer). The cards are bridge size, measuring 90mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.

The cards are mint and sealed. The box is “as new.”

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Compucard, Inc. “Compucards” Playing Cards, Binary Values, S.G. Pitroda Designs, c.1983

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