Introduced in 1891. Discontinued in 1943, although
I have never seen a regular issue of this deck in US8e, so 1924 may be a more accurate end date. Acorn is
one of the early Bicycle back designs that features the League of American Wheelmen logo of the Bicycle
wheel with three wings. Please see the League
Back page for more information.
Pictured below is a set of four colored Acorn backs. These
were produced by a British card manufacturer, Chas. Goodall. While I assume that the USPC is the originator
of this design, I have no direct evidence other than the knowledge that Acorn was one of the earliest
Bicycle back designs. I am also not clear how both versions of the Acorn back were apparently marketed
in the United Kingdom simultaneously without a copyright issue arising. Thanks to a collector friend for
the Goodall information.
The next image shows a comparison between a red Acorn card that
was offered on eBay and a standard Acorn. I didn't notice until months later that the image was backwards
compared to the standard Acorn design. This sometimes happens when a back design is counterfeited. The design
is photographed and a printing plate is made from the resulting image. When printed, this plate makes a
reversed image. See the Knock-Offs
page for examples of counterfeit Rider and New Fan backs with reversed images.
The last image, below, shows the box for the Heritage Series
reissue of Acorn. The box design is modeled after a US8c box, but the color is non-standard (for Bicycle
A red US8b Acorn joker sold on eBay for $60 on October 21, 2016.
Any US8b joker is relatively rare, so I believe this was a reasonable hammer price. A brown US8b Acorn deck
(no joker, no box) sold on eBay for $137 on November 15, 2016. That may seem like a low price for a
brown Bicycle deck, but brown and green Acorns are actually the most common of all the brown and green decks.
A blue US8a Acorn ace of spades sold on eBay for $78 on April 23, 2017. That, to me, was a surprisingly high