The United States Playing Card Company has been producing Bicycle playing cards since 1885 and has been producing high quality cards ever since. These in particular are the newer standard cards that are produced in Erlanger. KY. Some playing card collectors prefer the cards that were made in Ohio before Bicycle’s move to Erlanger, KY. I personally do not have any that were made in Ohio so I cannot compare. I do have some Bicycle cards of the older design but they were produced in Erlanger, KY for the International Playing Card Company in Richmond Hill, ON (A Canadian Subsidiary of the US Playing Card Co.).
Pictures above illustrate the box, face and back designs.
Most people have played with a standard Bicycle deck so I won’t get too in depth with this description of these decks.
The boxes are identical in design as you can see. The gold border is slightly metallic and the colour of the deck is indicated by the colour surrounding the Bicycle logo and the word standard.
The deck does come with two advertising cards from Bicycle and all the faces and backs are standard for the rider back cards.
The air cushion finish is just as good as ever giving a nice glide to dealing, good fanning ability and cuts are decent as well.
These are some of the best all around decks you can buy for gaming, cardistry and you will often see these as the standard cards magicians use for their magic tricks.
BACK – 4/10
FACE – 4/10
FINISH – 7/10
Only reason the back and face get lower marks is the design is very common though being unique to Bicycle.
So buy? Well if you don’t already have a deck of these cards I would say it’s worth it especially if you are using a cheap deck and never experienced the feel of a Bicycle deck.