Introduced in 1899. Discontinued in 1917. Pedal is a
whimsical back design that joins Chain,
and Sprocket in celebrating
one small part of the common bicycle. Note the tiny pedals that serve as a border design, and
the four pedals drawn in perspective in the center. Altogether a very pleasing design.
Pedal decks appear from time to time, but the deck is
difficult to find in its original box in any of its iterations. The 1917 end date suggests that it
was manufactured well into the US8c years, but I have never seen a US8c issue of Pedal. The only US8b
Pedal deck I have seen is a Seconds deck. When you find Pedal, it will most likely be in its US8d
After examining a few singles, I made the following
observations. Like a few other essentially symmetrical back designs, Pedal has an extremely subtle
"one-way" design element: the nut in the center of the card has an inner shading on one side
only. But, another single I looked at had no shading in the center nut, suggesting that this small error
was eventually corrected. Interestingly, the card with the corrected design had a linen finish and
thicker numbers on the face, both consistent with a later US8c release. See a comparison of the two
Pedal is one of several decks that was reissued as part
of USPCC's Heritage Series. See the last image, below.
A US8d blue Pedal Seconds deck in G+ condition sold on
eBay for $63 on November 20, 2016.
What's a Seconds deck? A blue US8d Pedal deck in VG- condition
(no box, no joker) sold on eBay for $44.00 on February 19, 2017. A blue US8c Pedal ace of spades sold on
eBay for $23 on June 10, 2017.