Three novelty decks by various makers. Each is available separately for $15, and all three are for sale for $35. Each is described briefly below:
• Deck published by Honeywell and probably made in Asia, to advertise its T87 Thermostat. According to Wikipedia, Honeywell first made some model of the T87 beginning in 1953, although these cards appear to me to be of relatively recent vintage. The face of the of the T87 is round, and so the backs of these cards mimic the look of the product itself. The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards measure approximately 76mm in diameter and come in the original box. The cards are in excellent condition, “as new” or nearly so. The box is in very good good condition, clean but with the bottom flap pushed in and a bottom side tab threatening to come off.
• The “Crooked Deck,” made c.1969 by A. Freed Novelty, Inc. The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are 89mm high, and 60mm at the top and bottom; however the overall width of the cards is closer to 77mm, since the sides are not parallel. The cards and box are “as new.” Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.299, O26.
• Unusual and no doubt rare deck of cards made to commemorate the “Third Annual Aerospace Exhibition” sponsored by the Pinellas County Industry Council of the Pinellas Manufacturers’ Association of Pinellas County, Florida in 1964. They are made with inexpensive stock, and presumably were a giveaway to those attending. What is noteworthy about them is that they have a different picture on each back, so that if one were to memorize which back goes with which card, they would be useless for playing a game of cards. The theme of the Exhibition was aerospace history, and the backs of these cards show famous events from that history. It is the early years of the space program, and pictures of some of the early astronauts are shown. The deck has 52 suited cards. If it ever had jokers, it does not have them now. The cards are bridge size, and they come in the original box. Again, the cards were made with thin inexpensive stock. They are “as new,” except that there is small paper loss to several which I think has existed since they were first printed. The box is in excellent condition, except for minor soiling.
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