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Published September 06, 2016 Updated June 06, 2022

Bicycle Heritage

Bicycle Heritage playing cards by the United States Playing Card Company, 2012

USA United States Playing Card Co. Bicycle 2012

Bicycle Heritage playing cards by the United States Playing Card Company, 2012, with a brown ‘retro’ finish and ‘weathered’ print. The venerable Bicycle™ brand now comes in many guises and is often licensed to new designs as well as the classic ones. See the Box

Bicycle Heritage playing cards by the United States Playing Card Company, 2012 Bicycle Heritage playing cards by the United States Playing Card Company, 2012

Above: Bicycle Heritage playing cards by the United States Playing Card Company, 2012.

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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.


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