1883 Murphy Varnish Transformation Limited Playing Cards Deck

Regular price $19.99

 The Limited: (Limited to 1883 copies) Using the original design with added color from the deck. It will also be printed in a vintage long tongue tuck box and wrapped in a custom paper wrap. Sealed with individually numbered stamps.

-Vintage Tuck Box

-stamp numbered seal

 -Limited to 1,883 

-Linoid Finish 

-Bee Stock 

-Please note: Metal certificate of authenticity and vintage over wrap with extra stamp is not included, these features were only available to original kick starter backers.  You get the vintage tuck box with a custom numbered seal sealed in plastic wrap.

The Murphy Varnish Transformation Playing Cards were originally printed in 1883 by Andrew Dougherty. It was an advertising deck for the Murphy Varnish company from Newark New Jersey. The Murphy Varnish company was founded in 1865 by Franklin Murphy, the former Governor of New Jersey.   

In a transformation deck there are unique pictures on each card intertwined with the pips, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades, & Hearts. As an advertising deck it depicts comical pictures of varnish salesmen, people worshiping cans of varnish and all of the good uses for the Murphy Varnish.   

In the Hochman Encyclopedia of Playing Cards it is listed as both a transformation deck and as an advertising deck. The deck is so popular it is actually on the cover of the Hochman encyclopedia of American Playing Cards.

Last two pictures compare the originals to the resorted version.