Dating vintage playing cards
Armed with these two works, you'll have a working knowledge of the historical development of playing cards (did you know they used to have square corners? And do use e Bay to see if anything like your deck is currently listed.(I like e Bay; I just don't like e Bay sellers who don't accurately describe their wares.) Now for the last step; join (or at least contact) a playing card collector's group.
Let's talk about condition for a moment, because you can do that right now. These issues are important, because if you're going to try to sell the deck to someone, you need to describe it honestly.
Do the cards seem to be as good as new, or are they bent, worn, ripped? To quote from the publisher: "This 332-page volume (plus 24 in color) is based on Gene Hochman's The Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards which was originally published in six parts between 19.
A complete cataloging of American playing card makers as well as details, types, and brands of playing cards from the late 1700s to the early 1930s.
Among the oldest known card decks is the “Marmalukes of Egypt,” a set marked with swords, cups, coins, and polo sticks.
Cards arrived in Europe sometime in the late 14th century, likely passing through the major port of Venice.
Collectors collect playing cards in a variety of ways.