Introduced in 1895. Discontinued in 1943.
Expert is relatively easy to find in all of its iterations, although US8b and US8d boxes
are always scarce.
This back design is very similar to Old Fan. For a comparison
of the two backs, visit the Old Fan page.
Expert is also very similar to two different Chas. Goodall decks issued in the United Kingdom (see
comparisons of both back designs with Expert, below). I don't know for certain that the USPC design came
first, but Expert is one of the older Bicycle back designs. Interestingly, Expert was also one of the back
designs exported to the UK (click on "UK" above for more information).
The Expert back was revived in a distressed version for what I
believe was USPCC's second Heritage series. See examples of the different colors offered in the third
The last image, below, is from a Universal Playing Card Co.
catalogue in the collection of a Japanese collector, Kei Izumi. Several of the backs in Universal's
extensive offerings bear a striking resemblance (or are identical) to USPCC back designs. The image below
shows their adaptation of the Expert back, which appears identical to the USPCC version, but for the little
bicyclists having been replaced by the graphic element from the center of the card. Also see the
Nautic pages for more images from this interesting catalogue.
A red Expert sample card sold on eBay for $30 on February
13, 2017. A blue US8c Expert Seconds deck (with the original box, joker and special "Seconds"
ace of clubs) sold on eBay for $58 on April 27, 2017. A blue Expert sample card sold on eBay for $10 on
January 23, 2018.