Extremely interesting and I suspect rare deck of 100% plastic playing cards from Istanbul, Turkey. It appears that the cards were made by Uğur, a plastics company, and the run of this deck may have been Uğur’s only attempt at playing card manufacture. The Jokers say Uğur 81, and I have assumed that 81 is a reference to the year of manufacture; if it is not, then I do not know when the cards were made. The court cards are the Belgian standard pattern, not uncommon in Turkish-made decks.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 wonderful Jokers that are probably unique to this rare deck. The background of the faces of the cards is not white, but a kind of grayish tint, and I think that they were made that way. The cards are bridge size, measuring 90mm x 59mm, and come in the original box.
Those who are accustomed to quality plastic cards by Kem or Italcards should be alerted that these cards are not a complete success. I think that aging has made the plastic very slightly brittle, and one of the cards (separately pictured) has a small nibble at one end. Moreover, a number of the cards have some “scarring” on the horizontal dimension. However, if you collect all-plastic cards, it seems to me this deck should be in your collection, and it may be a very long time before a better example comes along. The box is in very good condition, relatively clean but with shelf wear.
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