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JenniferG

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Were they originally marked or was that added later?  I don't know much about them.  But I just ordered 12 decks of them from Penguin Magic.. the marked ones.
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Were they originally marked or was that added later?  I don't know much about them.  But I just ordered 12 decks of them from Penguin Magic.. the marked ones.


Jennifer, so far as I know, USPCC's designers designed them. Their marketing dept. suddenly got very defensive of the original Rider Back design. It is their flagship and as such, they didn't want to see it diluted by significant changes. They continued to approve of most changes to the faces, with some exceptions.

The Mandolin Back decks are another "concession" and I believe Paul Harris had a hand in that project. To me they are less likely to be confused with Rider Backs.

I can understand why companies are vigilant with branding. Try altering some of the major trademarks and see how fast attorneys call.
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This is my understanding as well.  Both the Maiden Backs and the Mandolin Backs were developed as a way of protecting the Rider Back design, which is now trade-marked, and can't be tinkered with in any way. 

The same is true of their signature Ace of Spades and Jokers.

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