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Published September 06, 2022 Updated September 06, 2022

Stainless steel playing cards

Out-of-the-ordinary set in an unusual container.

2005 United Kingdom Touch of Ginger Ltd Metal Add to Collection

When I first saw this item on display at a trade show early in 2005, my first thought was, “Who on earth would want to buy such a thing?”. I was assured by the salesperson that there was indeed a market for such items, particularly in gambling centres like Las Vegas where those who win “big” are looking for things to buy with their winnings. I had another thought: my fiftieth birthday was fast approaching and this set was being produced in an edition of just 50 sets. My parents were persuaded – they would buy it for me as a present!

It seems odd to call cards made of stainless steel “cards” but let’s not forget that cards have been made of many different materials over the centuries – silver, hide, shell, plastic, aluminium, etc. To quote from the extra card, “Each card face is finely etched onto 316 stainless steel with a classic English pattern”. That pattern is a Goodall design, with the Ace of Spades being inscribed “MADE IN ENGLAND” along the bottom ribbon. The overall look is similar to that of a negative photograph. See the extra card

To continue, “The casket is machined from a solid billet of 316 stainless steel and every set is hand finished by craftsmen”. The base of the casket carries the serial number (in this case 11) which matches the number on the extra card. In total, the set weighs just under 3 kilos! See the casket

Stainless steel playing cards by Touch of Ginger Ltd, 2005 Stainless steel playing cards by Touch of Ginger Ltd, 2005

Above: Stainless steel playing cards produced by Touch of Ginger Ltd, Cambridge, GB, 2005. 52 cards + 3 Jokers + 1 extra card in a stainless steel “egg” casket, in a suede bag. Size: 55 x 86 mm.

Stainless steel playing cards by Touch of Ginger Ltd, 2005
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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.

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That is certainly a cool and interesting deck of cards !


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