Originally posted by Bill Duncan:
I sure miss the Arco cards...
I'll bet cash-money that Richard does too, and these are the cards he's talking about. USPC acquired Arrco (yes - 'rr') in the late 80s and that was that. They were the best cards; virtually indestructible.
At the "New York Magic Symposium" in San Francisco (don't ask me what year - 1980something) I attended a semi-private card workshop that RK gave. In speaking (and I'm being kind here, he wasn't "speaking") about how great the cards were, he threw them on the floor and literally walked all over them. "Would you do THAT to Bicycles?!?!?"
He scooped them up - and immediately did a perfect pressure fan. I ordered dozens from him (I still have some of the gaffs, which at the time, I believe, were the first printed gaffs to match a national brand).
This makes me wonder if Mr. Kaufman perhaps hoarded a personal stash and is still working through them(?).
PS: Just as an FYI: I did a review of playing card sales in the U.S. in general consumer channels (food stores, drug stores, mass merchandisers [K-Mart, Target etc. - no Cosco] combined).
Unfortunately I cannot go into detail here without permission from the syndicated data firm that provided the data (Information Resources, Inc.), but I will say that the Bicycle brand has more than half of the dollar sales in the country. The next closest competitor is "Private Label" (all store brands combined) at less than 20% of Bicycle's
total sales. Tally Ho doesn't even make a dent. The point here is that the cards that are the most recognizable in this country - like it or not - is Bicycle. Any thing else may
raise suspicion among some lay people.
What I found was very interesting. There was even a segment for "trick" cards (very small, but there).
[ October 30, 2001: Message edited by: Dustin Stinett ]