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Hey gang,

A quick heads-up that my buddy Michael Scott has just launched his latest card project. Judging from the success of previous projects I can hardly wait to see the results! Smile

1876 MAUGER QUADRUPLICATE PLAYING CARD RESTORATION by Michael SCOTT

1876 Centennial Exposition Deck Restoration, The Deck Commemorated the world's fair in Philadelphia & the declaration of Independence

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Today at At 1:00pm Pacific time the Mauger Project will be launched on Kickstarter. This is thought to be the first deck of cards to coincide with a fair. Own this restoration of a rare piece of playing card history. Smile

Victor E. Mauger was born in England and emigrated to New York in 1855. He started a business importing metal goods. Around 1870 he also began importing playing cards from the Chas. Goodall & Son company from England. The Goodall Company began making special decks with a unique Ace of Spades for their American decks. By 1873 Mauger started to manufacture his own brand of playing cards to supplement his supply and he altogether dropped Goodall in 1876 due to high import duties.

His deck printed in 1876, The Centennial Exposition Deck is thought to be the first deck to commemorate a fair. They were made in conjunction with the world's fair in Philadelphia. The deck also commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence.

The cards had several unique details that set them apart from other American decks of the day. They were slightly larger measuring 90mm x 62mm as opposed to the standard poker size.

Indices were just beginning to be used. Andrew Dougherty had a patent in 1876 for his Triplicates and The New York Consolidated company had a patent the same year for their Squeezers. Mauger wanted to use Indices on his cards so he opted to put them in all 4 corners making them Quadruplicates. He went a step further and like many popular European decks made the pips 4 colors with Black Spades, Red Hearts, Yellow Diamonds, and Blue Clubs. Almost sounds like a lucky charms commercial.

The decorative ace of spades has the dates 1776 & 1876 commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Independence. It also has the latin words "NUNQUAM RETRORSUM"; translation: "No Revoke" or "Never Retreat"

There will be 5 versions of this deck, They are listed in greater detail as you scroll down the page.

  • USPCC Standard (Blue Back)
  • USPCC Limited (1,000) (Blue Back)
  • Mauger Replica (Red Back)
  • Mauger Limited (1,000) (Red Back)
  • Mauger Original Release Limited (500) (Red Back)

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USPCC STANDARD EDITION

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  • Printed by USPCC with a Linoid Finish
  • Standard poker size
  • Custom Replica Stamp Seal (Sticker)
  • 56 Cards, 1 Original Joker, 1 Double Back/2 Gaff Cards

USPCC LIMITED EDITION

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Printed on the interior of the limited USPCC deck is a sketch from page 194 of the catalog from the World's fair from 1876. It depicts the opening ceremonies of the fair in front of the main building. Pictured is the Presidential Party being introduced to the Foreign Commissioners.

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  • Printed by USPCC with a Linoid Finish
  • Limited to 1,000
  • Standard poker size
  • Comes in a Navy Tuck with a hot stamp foil star
  • Reprint of a sketch from the fair inside the tuck.
  • Replica paper stamp seal
  • 56 Cards, 1 Original Joker, 1 Double Back & 2 Gaff cards

1876 Blue Mauger Restored Back (before & after)

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MAUGER REPLICA EDITION

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  • Cards are the size of original deck 90mm x 62mm
  • Comes in replica 2 piece heavy cloth cardboard box
  • Hot stamp foil gold star
  • Linoid Finish
  • Replica paper stamp seal
  • 53 cards

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  • Limited to 1,000 decks
  • Actual size of original deck 90mm x 62mm
  • Comes in replica 2 piece heavy cloth cardboard box
  • Hot foil gold stamp star on box
  • Linoid Finish
  • Gold Gilt Edges
  • Replica paper stamp seal
  • 53 cards
  • Stainless Metal Cert, Numbered Ace of Spades certificate of authenticity

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Metal Certificate of Authenticity

The metal certificate of Authenticity will be individually numbered 1-1,000 to correspond with each limited deck. It is made of frosted stainless steel with a polished edge. The ink will be etched into the card. The size will be the same size as the original cards 90mm x 62mm.

MAUGER ORIGINAL RELEASE LIMITED

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  • Limited to 500 Decks
  • Actual size of original deck 90mm x 62mm
  • Comes in replica 2 piece heavy cloth cardboard box
  • Hot foil gold stamp star on box
  • Linoid Finish
  • Gold Gilt Edges
  • Replica paper stamp seal
  • Wrapped in Ace of spades wrapper and sealed with 2 paper stamp seals.
  • Missing the 5 of Clubs like the original factory deck. (5 of clubs will be packaged outside the deck in a plastic card bag with the metal cert.)
  • 53 cards (5 of clubs packaged outside the deck box)
  • Gold Metal Cert, Numbered Ace of Spades certificate of authenticity


The missing 5 of Clubs:

The original deck that was shipped in the red box with the red back pictured below contained a fatal error, that is if you wanted to actually play cards. The 5 of clubs was missing. In the brown and blue box editions that came out later that year the error was fixed and those decks include the 5 of clubs. The Original Release Limited will be an exact replica edition, true to the original decks that were shipped out and it will be missing the 5 of clubs. The 5 of clubs will be packaged in the plastic sleeve with the metal cert separately outside the deck. Only 500 will be printed.

Metal Certificate of Authenticity

The metal certificate of Authenticity will be individually numbered 1-500 to correspond with each limited deck. It is made of frosted brass with a polished edge. The ink will be etched into the card. The metal cards will be the same size as the original cards 90mm x 62mm.

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THE JOKER: GEORGE L. FOX:

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The Joker depicts George L. Fox (July 3, 1825 - October 24, 1877) a popular actor and dancer that became well known for his pantomime clown act in the play Humpty Dumpty. Fox enlisted as a lieutenant in the Eighth New York Infantry when the civil war broke out. He eventually earned the rank of major and was involved at the First Battle of Bull Run. After the war he enjoyed great acting success starring in A Mid Summer Nights Dream then in his most famous role as Humpty Dumpty.

By the way isn't he a dead ringer for Data from Star Trek in the poster on the left? Smile

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Original back and restored back

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Original and Restored Ace of Spades

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RESTORED STAMP:

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Wooden Brick Box:

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For more information, photographs, reward levels, etc Click Here!

Home Run Games
5155 E Eagle Drive
Unit 20561
Mesa, AZ 85277

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