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Superior Steamboats No.9

National Card Co.: Superior Steamboats No.9  c.1885

Various U.S. playing card manufacturers produced their own version of the Steamboat brand, usually towards the bottom of the range, which related to the Steamboats that plied the Mississippi River. This deck was of slightly superior quality than it's predecessor “National Steamboats No.9” and is enhanced by a more picturesque Ace of Spades. It was retained by U.S.P.C.C. after its absorption by that company until about 1910.

Above: Superior Steamboats No.9, c.1885. Although the Steamboats brand was the bottom of the line quality-wise with all makers, this particular deck is gold edged! Images courtesy Rod Starling.


REFERENCES

Dawson, Tom & Judy: The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, U.S. Games Systems Inc., 2000

All images on this page are from the collection of Rod Starling, author of "The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards".

Last Updated January 26, 2016 at 12:47pm

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