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To hear a discussion recorded in January 2010 with the Dawson’s on condition, click on the following link to a website dedicated to magic and playing cards developed by a well known magician and collector named Lee Asher.You will find a wealth of other interesting information on these subjects in his comprehensive site.Unfortunately, most decks that collectors find have seen at least moderate use and have probably lost some element of their desirability.While terminology relative to assessing the condition of playing cards has not been standardized, most collectors would agree that “as issued” means the deck was found in about the same condition as when it left the factory.Condition Like any collectible, condition plays an important role in desirability and thus in value.We would all like our decks to be sparkling mint and still in their original wrappers and/or boxes.
In Europe there are a number of clubs and England is the home of the International Playing Card Society, a group with members from around the world, whose main emphasis is on education and research into the history and use of playing cards.Perhaps it had been opened but never really taken from its packaging, and certainly never played with. a cellophane wrapper, is missing from an otherwise pristine deck, it could not be classified as ‘as issued’ – rather it would be ‘mint’.If the missing element was of more consequence it would likely be further downgraded.Despite most people’s desire to collect only as issued, or perhaps mint, decks, collectors will still rejoice at finding a deck in only, say, good condition if it is high on their want list or quite scarce.Often it will be purchased with the expectation that the same deck in better condition will one day replace it. It appeared originally in an article by Margery Griffith, then Curator of the United States Playing Card Co.