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Published January 23, 2024 Updated January 23, 2024

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! playing cards

Strange facts from Robert Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ books, in the form of cartoons.

1970 USA Stancraft Cartoon Education Add to Collection

The 53 hard-to-believe facts presented in this largely black and white pack are all taken from Robert Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ books. They are conveyed in the form of cartoons with accompanying text. There was an earlier edition (1963)1 of the same pack produced by the Creative Playing Card Co. of St Louis, Missouri. An easy way to distinguish between the two is that the 1963 pack did not use serifs for the word ‘JOKER’ on the two Jokers. See the box

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! playing cards designed and manufactured by Stancraft Products, Minneapolis, MN, USA, c1970 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! playing cards designed and manufactured by Stancraft Products, Minneapolis, MN, USA, c1970

Above: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! playing cards designed and manufactured by Stancraft Products, Minneapolis, MN, USA, c1970. 52 cards + 2 Jokers in tuck box. Size: 63 x 88 mm. The back design is reproduced on the back of the box.

Reference

1. Dawson, Tom and Judy. The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards. Stamford, CT, USA: U.S. Games Systems, Inc.; 2000. p.305, N26.

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