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De Luxe No.142

The De Luxe No.142 brand of playing cards was introduced around 1921 by the New York Consolidated Card Company. This Bridge size deck came with a multi-coloured Ace of Spades featuring a fan of cards inside a Spade suit sign, and two cherubs at the base, and a coloured Joker, inside a luxury box with a vivid ornamental back design. It proved to be NYCCC's most popular deck in this size. Both the wide and narrow versions of the De Luxe deck are gold edged.

De Luxe Bridge size cards, New York Consolidated Card Co., c.1926, with a colourful Ace of Spades

Above: De Luxe Bridge size cards, c.1926, with a colourful Ace of Spades. Note: the reference to the number 142 only appears on the box, not on either the Ace of Spades or the Joker. Images courtesy Rod Starling.

Right: the front of the box (click to zoom)

The De Luxe No.142 brand was quite popular with the result that many specimens of the decks have survived. It is not known exactly when the brand was discontinued but the latest date of issue would probably be 1930 when NYCC merged with the Andrew Dougherty Playing Card Company and produced cards under the name of Consolidated-Dougherty Playing Card Company until 1962.

The back design is just one of many that were used for the brand, some of which were pictorial and some Arabesque.

“De Luxe No.142” Wide Size

Slighty earlier a wide size version of De Luxe No.142 had been published, in c.1920, with a similar Ace of Spades and Joker, but which was never very popular. The narrow version shown above was issued shortly afterwards.

De Luxe cards, wide size, New York Consolidated Card Co., c.1925 De Luxe cards box, wide size, New York Consolidated Card Co., c.1925

Above: De Luxe cards, wide size, c.1925. The Ace of Spades is not coloured. This is an extremely rare deck. Images and extra notes courtesy Rod Starling.

Right: this box was used for various brands. A special De Luxe box was probably never made for the wide version (click to zoom)

The “Cambric Finish” mentioned on the box was a sort of fabric texture applied to the cards which improved their handling qualities. It has also been seen on NYCCC's “Bee” brand. The box containing the wide deck is intriguing. It looks “generic” and was probably used for several different brands. One gets the impression that from the outset, NYCCC did not intend to go very far with the wide version. Hence, they never made up its own particular box.


REFERENCES

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

Cards from the collection of Rod Starling.

Last Updated May 23, 2016 at 07:50pm

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