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Brown & Bigelow (Redi-Slip) “53 Vargas Girls” (aka “Vargas Vanities”) Pin-Up Playing Cards, Alberto Vargas Designs, c.1953
Excellent set of the famous and popular pin-up cards published by Brown & Bigelow, Redi-Slip brand, c. 1953, in a box labeled "53 Vargas Girls" The same cards were marketed later under the names, "Vargas Vanities" and (in a double deck set) "Comme Ci, Comme Ca."
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers, one of which is a biography of Vargas. All cards except the Joker with the Vargas biography have original Vargas illustrations – thus, a total of 53 pin-ups. The cards are wide, measuring 90mm x 63mm, and come in the original box.
The cards have obviously been handled and examined, but they are in excellent condition, lightly used if at all; it does not appear that they have been shuffled. The box is in good, perhaps very good, condition, structurally intact and reasonably clean, but with general shelf wear and pushed in at one corner.
Referfences: Dawson, The Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.306, N35; Fournier, Playing Cards, North America 164.
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