Originally posted by One_Handed_Shuffle:
Bicycle Seconds most definitely exist - I have a deck on my desk now as I write.
I bought a box of around 16 packs at the Blackpool Magicians' Convention in February for 15 (just less than a pound a pack). The card case quite clearly says Seconds on the front and back, and the US Playing Card Co. address in Ohio is on there; the cards themselves are of the same quality (in terms of their look and their feel) as standard Bicycle cards.
I use them for practising, but not for performing as I feel that having a card case that announces Seconds makes me look like a cheapskate!
I don't think any layperson would ever know what "seconds" on a box of cards meant. Hell, I have never heard of it until this post, and I have been into magic for 10 years.