AFRO-AMERICAN PLAYING CARDS
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.
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.
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 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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