Mint, sealed deck of cards made by Il Meneghello in a limited edition of 2,000, c.1989, chronicling the history of fascism in Italy. The suits are unique to the deck, consisting of fascist elements or symbols, including the fasces, and I believe that the backs show the fasces against a black background. The faces of the cards show photographs and other historical materials during the years 1919-1945, the years that fascism was prominent in Italy. This deck is mint and sealed and I have elected not to break the cellophane. However, the faces of some of the cards can be seen at the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM #04683). There is a card inside that shows the number of this set out of the limited edition of 2,000; I do not know that number because I have elected not to break the cellophane. The cards are in a paper with the Italian national colors (red, white, green), and that paper is contained by an imitation leather cover that is tied at the side with a ribbon in the same colors.
It is a traditional Italian deck, complete at 40 suited cards (Ace through 7, Jacks, Queens, Kings). As noted, it also has a card announcing the deck and confirming the number of this set within the limited edition; I don’t know if there are other extra cards in the deck. The cards appear to be square cornered, on uncoated stock, and are long, measuring 100mm x 60mm.
As noted, the cards and packaging materials are mint and sealed.
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