Posted 10 years ago
As a card collector it is very hard not to love and treasure Transformation Playing Cards. There are a few wonderful antique varieties and the Murphy Varnish deck is probably the most desirable American one. It was published in 1883 by Andrew Dougherty and is a transformation pack which means the pips (clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades) on each card except for the face cards have been “transformed” to create a small picture. This deck also advertises Murphy Varnish on almost every card and has stunningly brilliant court cards. This one is truly a winner and is actively sought after! It can be found in the Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards on pages 179 and 206.
However there are many more recent transformation decks as well, including some that are limited editions. They are generally very clever and a fun category to search for. In the past, there were a number of people who would take an ordinary deck and create their own version of a transformation deck. These early hand transformed packs have become very collectible.
Keep an eye on this item as I plan to change the cards from time to time to give you a further glimpse into this wonderful pack.