The "Sheba" deck is probably the first deck that aimed to bring the history and greatness of Africa to the spotlight. It reflects the growing awareness about their roots and heritage among the Afro-American population. It's a theme that will be found in other decks here too.

In this deck there are three figures chosen to represent "the greatness and the glory that are the legacy of African peoples". The description of the three starts with the Q's. 
They all show the Queen of Sheba, after who the deck was named. There are many stories from different religions about her, but the publisher has chosen that of Makeda, a beautiful virgin Queen of Ethiopia and Sheba, who traveled thousands of miles to Jerusalem to appear before King Solomon. He promised her mutual respect and enduring peace. After her return her people enjoyed great prosperity during her just and wise reign.
The kings represent Askia the Great, emperor of Songhay, who lived from 1442 to 1539. His reign began in 1483 and it seems that it was just and efficient and led to the institution of modern economic and social welfare programs and achievements in education and medicine. 

After the rebuilding of Timbuktu Askia established new trading routes and they brought prosperity to his nation's capital, by then seen as the intellectual and cultural Mecca of the civilized world.
The jacks show Hannibal, the great general from Carthage who crossed the Alps with his elephants to fight the Romans.

The deck was designed by Brent Bailer. His designs are colorful, but he too makes use of similar drawn faces, some mirrored. The ace of spades shows the Ankh sign, symbolizing eternal life in ancient Egypt, and the back design is derived from an African motif. The deck was published by Omega Concepts Ltd. in 1972 and consists of 52 cards and 2 jokers. Neither the box, nor Hochman mention a printer.



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