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Jordini
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I just found a very old deck of cards with a 10 cents stamp on the box. They're "Bee" brand and according to the box they are

No. 97 Pinochle
"Bee"
Squeezers Playing Cards

The New York
Consolidated Card Co.
New York, N.Y.

According to the box it has a Cambric Finish

The back is not one I have come across before. It has designs distantly similar to a red Circle Back Talley Ho deck. Does anyone have any info on it?
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Never heard of it. Would like to see a pic.
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Where did you find the deck?
Jordini
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My Grandmother found them in her house. (She used to own a variety store which is probably where they are from). I'm going to take a picture maybe later tonight.
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Can you scan it and post it? You got our curiosity now.
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Jordini,

There was a rather large number of back designs made under the "Bee" banner. Although not as many as Bicycle (80+ backs) the Bee name produced at least 8 and perhaps many more back designs.

Many of them can be seen in old H.C. Evans catalogs. A scan of one such page is here;

http://www.nls.physics.ucsb.edu/~nathanb/cards/hcbee.jpg

There is an interesting thing written with the box of Steamboats at the bottom of the page. It says that they carried the green version at all times. When's the last time you saw a deck of green Steamboats? I have 2 in my collection, and one is posted under the Steamboats card on the site. If you look closely, you can see that it's a stripped card (wedge-stripper).

Jason

The rest of that site is worth looking at too. I know, cause it's mine.

Jason
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Jason,
I love your site and have often used it as a resource. Truly, the collection is extensive. However, I must complain about your rather elitist attitude when choosing which cards to represent and which ones not to represent. Now I know you like to think of your site as a relatively complete listing of card brands, yet you unashamedly ignore certain brands as if they have no place in the history of the pasteboards.

For example, I personally own a deck of cards that have, on each and every card, a glorious, full-color picture of Spongebob Squarepants. Yet is it on your site? Nooooo! Perhaps Spongebob is not "proper" enough for you? As another case in point, I have in my collection a deck of Limited Edition Scooby-Doo playing cards, however they are nowhere to be seen on your "complete" list, despite the fact that it is common knowledge that the Scooby-Doo deck was a favorite of none other than Dai Vernon himself!

How dare you blatantly ignore this little peek into our illustrious history? If you wish to conitue your status as a playing-card expert, I strongly suggest you open your eyes, my good friend.

Now, I must get back to putting fanning powder on my Snoopy deck.

Thank you,
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On 2005-08-18 09:02, Reis O'Brien wrote:
Jason,
I love your site and have often used it as a resource. Truly, the collection is extensive. However, I must complain about your rather elitist attitude when choosing which cards to represent and which ones not to represent. Now I know you like to think of your site as a relatively complete listing of card brands, yet you unashamedly ignore certain brands as if they have no place in the history of the pasteboards.

For example, I personally own a deck of cards that have, on each and every card, a glorious, full-color picture of Spongebob Squarepants. Yet is it on your site? Nooooo! Perhaps Spongebob is not "proper" enough for you? As another case in point, I have in my collection a deck of Limited Edition Scooby-Doo playing cards, however they are nowhere to be seen on your "complete" list, despite the fact that it is common knowledge that the Scooby-Doo deck was a favorite of none other than Dai Vernon himself!

How dare you blatantly ignore this little peek into our illustrious history? If you wish to conitue your status as a playing-card expert, I strongly suggest you open your eyes, my good friend.

Now, I must get back to putting fanning powder on my Snoopy deck.

Thank you,
Reis O'Brien


LOL. I actually think he is telling the truth
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Reis,

My Scooby-Doo deck has touch-work in it that I'd rather keep quiet, the same goes with my Edge-marked Sponge-Bob deck.

Don't assume I don't have or acknowledge these things just because I choose not to alert the masses.

Jason
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"Illusion is the first of all pleasures."
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That is a sweet back design.
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I like them. I'd use them except that 1)They're old and worn 2)I only have one deck 3)They're Pinochle.

If anyone wants to buy them for their collection, make me an offer.
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Don't let ellusionits see them or the will issue black versions.
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On 2005-08-18 22:53, JasonEngland wrote:
Reis,

My Scooby-Doo deck has touch-work in it that I'd rather keep quiet, the same goes with my Edge-marked Sponge-Bob deck.

Don't assume I don't have or acknowledge these things just because I choose not to alert the masses.

Jason


Well... in that case... I guess I understand. Smile

That's one hot looking deck Jordini. I'd hang on to them if I were you just for the coolness.
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Yes, very beautiful back design!
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That is a very nice back design. Too bad it isn't a regular full deck.
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I'd like to make you an offer but if I were you I'd rather keep a rare, old deck like that to myself.
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