Introduced in 1906. Discontinued in 1970, but was released
again in the 1980's or 90's as a regular issue, and as a pinochle deck (see the second image, below).
Racer No. 2 is a common deck in red and blue and has been a mainstay of many a poker game over the years.
While original decks are easily found in the more common colors, complete decks of Racer No. 2 are very
rare in green and brown. Brown singles are not difficult to find, but green ones are seldom seen.
Pictured below is a comparison between Racer No. 2 and one
of two different back designs used for No. 41 Vanity Fair, the United States Playing Card Company's first
true transformation deck (ca. 1895, Hochman T11, shown on page 208 of the Hochman Encyclopedia of American
Playing Cards). The similarities between the two designs are striking, even in the background pattern.