Thanks to JUDY DAWSON and the late TOM DAWSON
for sharing their wealth of knowledge about playing cards and for permission to use material from their
excellent update to
The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards.
Thanks to STEVE BOWLING for his consultations and
contributions on many matters pertaining to Bicycle cards (dates of issue, design, rarities, and others too
numerous to mention).
Thanks also to ROD STARLING, MAXIME HERIAUD,
and "A Collector Friend" (who wishes to remain anonymous) for sharing their collections and