Mint set of unusual cards distributed during the 1970s by Philip Morris at its manufacturing facility in Richmond, Va. The box is unmarked and the cards show only that they were made in the U.S.A. There is nothing to indicate the maker, and it is unlikely that these cards were sold commercially. Many decks of cards for Philip Morris brands were made by USPC, but there is no way of knowing who made these cards.
The backs of the cards depict an “old west” scene, with cattle drivers playing cards around a campfire. I say that these cards are unusual, because the box and cards have been manufactured to give the appearance that they were charred by the campfire. The deck here for sale is a new deck. The cards are mint and the box is “as new.” However, they have intentionally been made to look “dirty” and “smoke damaged.” The court cards are Wild West figures, and the Jokers show a bull on them.
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and come in the original unmarked box. The same image that is on the backs of the cards is on the back of the box, but it is not a sample card.
The cards are mint, removed from the cellophane wrapper to be photographed for this listing. The box is “as new.”
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