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Help Identify this Deck?
« on: April 20, 2017, 12:12:07 PM »
 

publius

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Doing some browsing online and saw this deck. This is the only picture provided, and there is no other identifying information. Which company did the AoS like this with the number "8" in the center?
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Re: Help Identify this Deck?
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 07:35:28 AM »
 

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Very common USPC ace, used starting in at least the 1930s and through the 1960s. Found on Aviators, bridge decks of all sorts. Served as one of the generic or default ace designs for many brands. 
 

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2017, 10:27:28 AM »
 

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I did some digging last night and read basically what you posted. Don't know how I haven't come across one before, but I am still a novice to vintage decks. Tell me, I found a supply of a handful of these decks in great condition, different spinoff brands like Torpedo, Mohawk, etc; all around this era or a little earlier, for about $6 a deck - but oddly enough most are missing their boxes. Is this a worthy investment? One deck features the AoS that identifies only "Russell Playing Card Company" with the old Russell AoS design. I would imagine that much of the deck's value is contingent on the tuck box, correct?
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Re: Help Identify this Deck?
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2017, 12:45:46 AM »
 

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 For these common decks which were used under multiple names, the tuck is more important.  It is what gives the deck it's personality. I recently received a deck of "Whoopee" playing cards.  They are plain old Torpedo cards, but the tuck is great.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2017, 03:12:58 PM »
 

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Those are awesome
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Re: Help Identify this Deck?
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2017, 04:57:40 AM »
 

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I have Torpedo and Mohawk decks - inside, they were simply Aviators.  At one time in history, they were using "off-brands" like Torpedo, Whoopee, etc. as a way of off-loading leftover stock on the cheap - they'd really put whatever decks they had excess of into those boxes.  The back of this deck looks an awful lot like modern Aviator backs.
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