I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall.
No.4 Special Whist (American Skat) playing cards made by the Russell & Morgan Printing Company, 1889.
There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s.
History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.
Trophy Whist No.39 playing cards published by the the United States Playing Card Co., 1895.