Excellent set of USPC’s “New Orleans and Gulf Souvenir” cards, an early souvenir deck that is somewhat rare. It was made c.1900 and has the usual oval framed photographs on each card. Sam Houston is the King of Diamonds, and the Joker shows a Mardi Gras parade. As the Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia puts it, “[t]he back has pale pink magnolia blossoms forming a frame outlined in gold of a plantation scene.”
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus the Joker noted. The cards are wide, measuring 89mm x 63mm, with gold gilt around. There is no box. They came to me in a remnant of a “wallet” type holder that will travel to a buyer with the cards. But it is not of much use, and I have priced the deck as if there was no box.
The cards are in excellent condition with something like 25-35% of the gold gilt remaining. The cards have obviously been handled over the years, but they do have creases, corner problems, etc., and the cards are clean for their age.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.258, S35
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