Vintage decks of playing cards!
The KEM cards last sold on the Internet in 2017 for $22.50.
And we can't find another deck of the Scientific American cards for sale anywhere.
So for sure this is a real bargain from us!
KEM DOUBLE DECK CARD BOX - SEA GULLS
This is a boxed two-deck set, featuring illustartions of sea gulls on the backs, and large index faces.
The Aces and Jokers are custom designs as well.
KEM Cards began producing playing cards during the first half of the 1930s, and had the distinction of making the first mass-produced plastic cards.
Made of cellulose acetate, KEM cards were bendable, washable and retained their shape, even when liquid was spilled on them.
This made KEM cards an instant hit with seasoned poker players.
in 2004, after many years of success, KEM cards sold their plants and copyrighted artwork to the US Playing Card Company.
The KEM brand continues to be a successful brand today.
In fact, in 2007, KEM was selected as the official playing card of the World Series of Poker.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN BRANDED CARDS
This is a deck of cards with a Scientific American logo branded design on the backs, and various vintage "scientific" type illustrations on the faces.
Founded 1845, the Scientific American is an American popular science magazine, and is the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States.
Most interesting to magicians is the magazine's important connection to Houdini and his quest to expose fake mediums.
In the early 1920's, the magazine's publisher Orson Munn and his editors James Malcolm Bird and Austin C. Lescarboura offered $5,000 to any psychic who could produce some sort of physical phenomenon in a setting rigorously controlled by the magazine.
The most famous challenger was Mina Crandon, professionally known as Margery.
For several years, she and Houdini duked it out in the news media of the day, with much of the fracas being covered in the pages of the magazine.
In the end, it was decided that Margery failed to prove her powers satisfactorily to the magazine's judging panel.
Though it should be noted that several of the magazine's board members resigned in protest, strongly believing that Margery had indeed proved to be a real medium.