Very good set of somewhat rare souvenir cards made c.1902 by USPC and published by Edward H. Mitchell of San Francisco, featuring photographs of Oregon.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus an extra card that is a map of Oregon. The deck originally had a card announcing the deck – comparable to the title page of a book – that was called its “Joker” and had a picture of the U.S.S. Oregon in the center, but that card is not present in this deck. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm. They come in the inner portion of the original box.
The cards are in what I believe should be described as very good moderately used condition. There is wear, light soiling and evidence of use throughout the deck and on the edges; the map card and 5 of Spades have noticeable creases, but otherwise there are no cards with tears or significant problems. I believe that the cards may once have had gold gilt, but it is worn away. The pictures of the listing are representative of the condition of the deck as a whole. What remains of the box is a mere remnant and worthless, except for its tax stamp which is consistent with the date generally given for these cards. The cards have been priced as if there were no box at all and with due consideration of the additional shortcomings described in this listing; the deck is rare enough that it is collectible, its problems notwithstanding.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.259, S44
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USPC “Oregon Souvenir” Playing Cards (52/52, EC, NJ), Edward H. Mitchell Publisher, c.1902