TRW Mission Promo Deck

Front of deck

This is a vintage deck of promotional TRW Mission playing cards printed by Brown & Begelow. They are a standard bridge sized deck with 52 cards plus two jokers. Face cards and pips are standard. TRW Mission was a subsidiary of TRW Inc. The company was founded in 1901 and became defunct in 2002 when it was folded up into Northrop. Tuck case has bad wear damage, but the cards are in very good condition with no missing or damaged cards. Best guess would date these cards between the 1930s and 1960s, but it is impossible to tell. This deck was picked up in a lot from an antique store.

"It's the real thing"

“It’s the real thing”

Until the 1980’s, Coca-Cola® only issued between two and four sets of cards a year. This deck is circa 1971 (though I found one source saying 1973), with the famous tagline, “it’s the real thing.”

This deck is new, still in its box and wrapped in plastic, and was acquired in a lot purchase at an antique store in Ridgecrest in April of 2016.


Round Playing Cards

Round Playing Cards

This is an unused double-deck made for Chadwick-Miller Imports in Hong Kong (Item 14333) circa 1960’s. One red, one blue bandanna style print backs. There are 54 cards per deck (two jokers each). Front case has damage from tape and normal wear. 

Nouvelle Plastic Coated Playing Cards

Double deck girl with bubbles and boy with dandelions

This is a Nouvelle double deck. The kitsch artwork, as best I can find, is circa the 1950s. I do not know if that is when this particular deck was printed, though.

Both decks are in their original seal and in mint condition. The box has normal wear on the corners.