Images courtesy Rod Starling

Congress playing cards dating

So it is possible that the deck was produced years before the tax stamp was even applied. Rod Starling has also sent me some updated information on the more recent printing codes in use by the United States Playing Card Company. However, it appears that the old letter system has been retained. Usually on the outside of the deck's box, or even on the ace of spades there is a manufacturers address.

This is when modern playing cardThere is no known explanation

This is a great way to date older sealed decks as well. Therefore, Congress cards and any other pre-faced brands stopped using the codes altogether. To the left is a stamp that was in use by the U. Usually decks were stamped when they were marketed as opposed to when they were manufactured.

Kei Izumi, a collector from Japan, found a Motor No. The deck shown above was imported into Argentina by the agent Flo. Therefore everything in grey on this chart is subject to change without notice. The stamp was cancelled by K.

Image courtesy Matt Probert. There were other versions of this back issued around the same time with a different border or a black background. Use this chart to determine the year the deck was printed.

This is when modern playing card seals were developed. There is no known explanation for the other letters and numbers. Use the chart below to determine the year the deck was printed. This means a supply of faces were printed then stored so the backs could be added as needed. Collectors will also sometimes pair an orphan deck with an empty box of a similar vintage.