Consumer paper versions of the plastic KEM type WSOP decks are sold under the Bicycle brand.
In 2010, Bicycle Playing Cards released special 125th anniversary decks which include a redesigned rear side, redesigned ace of spades, and 1885–2010 written under the numbers on the corner on each card.
Until the late 1980s, the Aviator Ace of Spades and Joker carried no specific branding, so Aviator cards were often used as a generic card for limited-run promotional/advertising decks or to fill in boxes for retired brands. They were first manufactured by the New York Consolidated Card Company in 1892, hence the number "92" on the Ace of Spades; the USPCC acquired the company two years later, but it continued to operate independently, even after merging with Andrew Dougherty and Standard Playing Card Company to form Consolidated-Dougherty.
Standard Bee playing cards have a diamond back, typically blue or red, though casinos frequently use customized Bee cards featuring a logo added to the backs.
Ace of Spades company name time line 1881 - 1885 "Russell, Morgan & Co." or "Russell & Morgan Co." 1886 - 1891 "Russell & Morgan Printing Co." 1891 - 1894 "The United States Printing Co." 1894 - 1925 "The United States Playing Card Co." or "U.
In addition to specialty decks specifically designed for magic, cardistry or purely aesthetic reasons (third-party designs such as Ellusionist and Theory11), Bicycle also make other kinds of non-standard card decks, such as a gaff deck (contained in a mirrored-art box) with an assortment of unusually altered cards that can be used with regular cards for jokes.
The typical Bicycle deck (poker-standard) is a standard issue deck of cards consisting of 52 traditional French-suited playing cards, two jokers, an information card, and a card describing poker ranks.
As with most decks, the first standard card of the deck is the uniquely stylized ace of spades.
Meanwhile, the company would itself be acquired several times in its history: starting with Diamond International in 1969, Jessup & Lamont in 1982, Frontenac in 1989, and then a return to self-ownership in 1994 before finally becoming a subsidiary of Jarden which was in turn acquired by Newell.
The USPCC has historically supported wartime soldiers, starting with the inexpensive Canteen brand of cards during the Spanish-American War and the Pickett brand during World War I.