The Meaning of 808

If you’ve ever looked at a modern Bicycle® Ace of Spades or Joker playing card, you’ve probably seen the number “808” across the card face. What does “808” mean?

The Meaning of 808

The United States Playing Card Company began as a printing company called Russell, Morgan & Company. Russell and Morgan produced their very first deck of cards in a Cincinnati, Ohio factory back in 1881. The brand was called “Tigers” and the number assigned to these new decks was 101.

A short while later, the numbers 202 and 303 were used when the firm printed decks under the “Army” and “Navy” brands. The “Congress” brand and a few others were produced and given similar numbers in sequential order. Eventually Russell and Morgan introduced the Bicycle® playing card line and assigned it the number 808.

Over 125 years later, Bicycle® Cards became the most popular brand of playing cards in the world, and the number 808 continues to be used on the Ace and Jokers provided with each and every deck we manufacture.

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  • Awesome I never heard of anything like that????????

  • I recently posted a photo on your facebook page but nobody responded 🙁

    I have such love for the Bicycle deck and as a working magician always use the standards/rider backs.

    The love is so strong I even went and had the ace of spades blown up to A4 size so i could extract the exact font used for the number “808” and had it tattooed on my hand….

    Dedicated to the USPCC.

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