United States Printing Co. (USPn.), c1891.
This Ace, discovered since the original Hochman Encyclopedia was issued, is very similar to the US8b
ace of spades, which was issued immediately after. The only difference is in
the wording "Printing
Company," which was later replaced by "Playing Card Company" on the US8b ace. The US8aa
deck came with the Joker shown below, which is identical to the US8b joker, and very similar to the US8d
joker. I only have one US8aa deck with an original joker, a blue Wheel No. 1.
Finding any back design issued with this ace
is extremely difficult. The US8aa boxes are even harder to find as they were made with a
particularly brittle and acidic cardboard which just gets more fragile with time.
The final image, below, is of a very rare
US8aa box that was presumably issued with a "seconds" quality deck of cards.
Bicycle Seconds were
offered through the years, sometimes with a special ace of clubs or a rubber stamp on the card.
Back Designs Issued in this Style:
21. Cupid (Sod)
56. New Fan
80. Wheel No. 1
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