A.W. Gamage Sports Outfitters Playing Cards Set and Checklist

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Title A.W. Gamage Sports Outfitters Playing Cards
Year 1900s
Size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set
52

A.W. Gamage Sports Outfitters Playing Cards Overview

A.W. Gamage Playing Card Golf Tennis.jpgThese playing cards were the work of a sporting goods company, A.W. Gamage, Ltd. The company operated in Holborn, England. A.W. Gamage, the proprietor, is seen here and he is said to have started his business in 1878. As mentioned here, the store operated until 1972.

The cards were a standard deck of playing cards. Rounded corners have helped many of them to remain in good condition. An exact date of production for these cards is not known but they are believed to be from around the early 1900s. Cards were printed in both blue ink and red ink. Currently, it is not known which (if either) is significantly rarer.

Of note is that the backs of the cards feature generic athletes participating in a variety of sports. The sports depicted on the cards include:

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Field Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Hunting

These weren’t the only sorts issues from A.W. Gamage. In addition to other playing cards, they also distributed a set of sports postcards.

A.W. Gamage Sports Outfitters Playing Cards Checklist

The checklist for the set is merely a standard deck of playing cards, numbered Ace through King with cards in all four suits, clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. Each card has this same sports scene on the back.

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