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TDC (Hoyle) “Campaign Deck” Playing Cards, Reprint 1892 “Cleveland Campaign” Deck, USGS Publisher, c.1980
Mint deck of cards published by U.S. Games Systems and printed by TDC (a Hoyle brand) in 1980, called “Campaign Deck.” It is a reprint of a deck made in 1892, known as the “Cleveland Campaign” deck, which was supportive of Grover Cleveland. According to the Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia, this original “Cleveland Campaign” deck was itself a response to two wonderful decks published by A.H. Caffee in 1888 relating to the contest for the Presidency of that year between Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland.
The listed reprint has 52 suited cards, including a special “Campaign” Ace of Spades, plus 2 Jokers, and the court cards depict Cleveland (Kings), Mrs. Cleveland (Queens) and Allen Thurman (Jacks), Cleveland’s running mate in the unsuccessful 1888 election campaign. The cards are wide, measuring 89mm x 63mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are mint; the cellophane was broken on the box to permit the cards to be inspected and photographed for this listing. The box is “as new.”
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.230, P17(a). [The original “Cleveland Campaign” deck is P17, and the two Caffee decks are P3 and P18].
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