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Publication numberUS1177677 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 4, 1916
Filing dateMar 25, 1915
Priority dateMar 25, 1915
Publication numberUS 1177677 A, US 1177677A, US-A-1177677, US1177677 A, US1177677A
InventorsIra M Beam
Original AssigneeIra M Beam
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Apr. 4, 1916.

Application filed March 25, 1915. Serial No. 17,042.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, IRA M. BEAM, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city of Philadelphia, county of Philadelphia, and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Playing-Cards, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description both of the construction thereof and of the preferred rules for playing the same.

The object of this invention is to provide a novel game for both young and old, which can be manufactured at a low cost and which will supply along felt need.

Another object is to provide such a game comprising a system of cards, having suitable indicia upon one side of each thereof, and arranged in such groups and in such numbers that the players may carry out all of the details experienced in the well-known game of base ball, when played in the usual manner by opposingteams upon an outdoor field or diamond. And no less important an object is to provide a game of the character, which though embodying all of the pos-- sible plays provided under the rules governing base ball, is so simple in its construction and operation that any one can readily become proficient in playing the same within a relatively short time. 7

Further objects andmore specific details of this improved game are hereinafter fully brought out in the following description, when readin conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in Which Figure 1 is a plan view of a diagram to be used in connection with disks, pegs, pins, or other suitable markers, for recording outs, strikes, balls, and the position of base-runners; Fig. 2 represents a set of cards with the preferred reading matter thereon, said set being divided into three groups, A, B and C; Figs. 3, 4 and 5 represent a second set of cards, with the preferred reading matter thereon, said second set being divided into three groups represented by said figures respectively.

Referring to the drawings, it should be stated at p the outset, that the respective groups of strike and ball cards shown in Fig. 2 are to be distinguished from each other by any suitable means, as for instance, by being printed in letters of different colors. For purpose of illustration solely, it will be considered that group A'is in red, group B is in green, and group C is in of the respective sets of cards shown in Fig. i

2. And furthermore, the set of cards in said last-named figure comprise those held by the party or parties representing the team or side occupying the field during a given half of a certain inning, while the set of cards shown in Figs. 3, 4 and 5 are those held by the party or parties representing the team at the bat.

There is practically an unlimited number of combinations of cardswith which this game can be played, and of the numbers of cards in each of the respective groups of the fielders pack (Fig. 2) as well as of the number of the various cards in the batters pack (Figs. 3, 4 and 5), but while many different combinations have been used to advantage, that hereinafter fully described is considered as being the most desirable. And it is therefore to be understood that wh1le the description of this game in its preferred form must necessarily be confined to details, the general idea or arrangement of the cards as a Whole, and their relationships to one another, are to be considered in their broader significance as well.

As indicated by the numerals in the lower right-hand corners of the cards shown in Fig. 2, the fielders pack comprises a total of thirty (30) cards, there being ten (10) cards to each of the groups hereinbefore referred} to as bearing lettering of different colors. Incidentally, it has been found that the strike and ball cards of groups A, B and C are bestarranged in combinations of 6-4, 73 and 6-4, respectively, as

shown in Fig. 2.

The batters pack comprising a total of sixty (60) cards, having twenty (20) in each of the groups illustrated in Figs. 3, 4 and 5, is so colored upon the reverse of each of the cards that when held by one of the players, the player holding a series of the cards of the fielders pack, can size up something of the condition of the cards held by the first player, by observing how many cards the latter may have which are of a color on the reverse face correspond ing to the coloring of the letterlng on the' ion obverse face of one or more of the cards held by the said party playing the fielders pack. The cards comprising the groups shown respectively in Figs. 3, 4: and 5 are of a number in each case as indicated by the numeral in the lower right-hand corner of each, the total in each of said groups being twenty (20) cards. 7

In playing this game in accordance with the preferred set of rules, the cards ofeach of the two packs are thoroughly shufliedcards .of the batters pack'are dealt to the party representing the team at bat; theseparties for convenience being referredto as X and Y.

To start the game, X, afterhaving noted the number of cards in'Ys hand corresponding to the groups represented in his own hand, plays a card, as for instance, one bearing the word Strike of the A group. If Y has in his hand any of the cards of the group shown in Fig. 3, he must select one of such group and play it. If-the card played by Y bears simply the wordfStrike, a suitable disk, pin, mark or other indicating means is placed upon-the numeral 1- on the diagram (Fig. 1) following the word Strikes. If, however, the card played by Y should have wording upon its face, such for instance as, Batter out', fiy to left,

Batter out, 3d to 1st, etc., an. indicating mark is placed upon the first numeral to the right of the word out on the diagram and Y is charged with one out. On-the other hand, if Y upon Xs play, played a card bearing the word Single, or Two base hit, etc., a'suitable disk or other indicatlng means is placed upon the first base or secj 0nd base of the diagram, as the case'may.

be. In any.even t,each of the players takes up another card from his respective-pack,

and X again leads-off; in each case, 'how-. ever, Y must reply .if possible with a card corresponding in color to the lettering on I the card lead by. X. Should he not 'do so,

a strike. or ball is entered on the diagram according to the card playedby, X,

and regardless. of what maybe upon-the card by which Y answers. Furthermore,

' whenever X plays a ball card, Y. in playing any one of his cards of the correspond- Y ingly colored group is credited with a ball regardless of thecard he mayplay, and for this reason his choice should be theleast desirable'ofthe cards of that color, which he may holdat the time, I

When one or more of the baseshave been occupied by Y, as a result of safe-hits, errors, bases on balls, etc. the runners on said bases are advanced as indlcated by the printed matter upon the card next played by Y, or in a manner otherwise explained in the preferred rules. Or, it may be that double-playsmay be made, there by putting out one of the base-runners as well as the man-'at-bat; or, a base-runner may be put out trying to steal a base.- These and other plays, possible in a regular game of base ball as played out of doors,

are fully indicated either by the printed matter upon the face of the set of cards comprising the batters pack, (Figs. 3, 4 and 5), or in the preferredrulesaccomparry-ing each game. Likewise, as inthe national game as played out of doors, Y gives up the batters pack (Figsr3, 4 and 5) and takes thefielders" pack. (-Fig. 2) after having sustained three outs, each of said outsfhaving been made as the result of an accumulation of three strikes before a safe hit, or as indicated by the reading 1 upon the face of thecardswhich Y has had ,to play in response to the" respective cards led by X. p .Whenever the sides change, the cards of each pack are again thoroughly shuflied and dealt, to the respective parties in the manner hereinbefore described. And when each of the sides has been retired once, an inning has been completed, another change. of packs takes place, and so on until the. standard nine-inning game has been .completed, or in case of a tie until such time thereafter as one side may lead the other side in the number of runs. .obtained.

[From the foregoing anyperson 'can readily understand the construction and the preferred manner'of playingthe game de-' scribed, but it is to. be understood that vari ous changes 'may. be made, either in the cards or in the rules of-play, which do notremove the same from within the scope of the appendedl'claims. Y

' Havlng thus descri I claim and desire to-protect by Letters Pat- 'entof the United States is: a 1: A-playing card game, comprising a set of members provided with suitable indicia, said set comprising a plurality of groups and ase'cond' set of members comprising a plurality of. oups equal in number'to-those of the'sai first set andthe respective groups in saidfirst set having indi-' cating means upon. their reverse faces bywhich they are related. to the respective groups in said second set.

2. A playing card-game, comprising a setof cards in turn. COIDPTlSlDg a plurality of bed ,my invention, what 4 groupsbearing identifying'indicia 'such as contrasting colors, numerals, marks, designs, etc., and a. second set of cards comprising a plurality of groups, the backs of which bear colors, numerals, marks, designs, or other identifying indicia, to relate them to the respective groups of said first set bearing similar indicia upon their. faces.

3. A playing card game, comprising a set of cards comprising three similar groups of cards bearing suitable indicia, in as many distinctive colors, and a second set of cards comprising three groups, the backs of each of which being of colors corresponding to' the respective colors of the indicia upon the faces of the respective groups in said first set. 4:. A playing card game, comprising a set of cards in turn comprising three groups each having a plurality of differently printed cards, the cards of said groups being distinguished 'by the coloring of the printed matter thereof, and a second set of cards comprising three groups, the reverse faces of each of said last-named groups corresponding in color to the printed matter upon the faces of the cards of the said first groups. 5. A playing card game, comprising a set of thirty cards in turn comprising three groups of ten (10) cards each, and having printed matter upon one face thereof, in different colors to distinguish the 30 cards of said groups, and a set of sixty (60) cards in turn comprising three groups of twenty (20) cards each, the reverse faces of said last-named groups being of a color or design to distinguish them apart and to relate them and the respective groups, of said first set of cards, and the cards of said second set having suitable indicia.

6. A playing card game, comprising a set of cards, constituting the fielders pack .or set, in turn comprising three groups of cards having printed matter upon one face thereof, in contrasting colors, and a second set of cards constituting the batters pack or set, and in turn comprising three groups of cards, the reverse faces of the. cards of each group being of a color-or design to relate them to the cards of the respective groups in the fielders pack, and bearing upon their obverse faces suitable printed matter indi-' cating various plays which it is possible to make in the game of base ball.

upon their obverse faces any 7 A playing card game, comprising two 7 sets of cards, each embodying three groups,

one of said sets bearing words describing the kinds of ball called on a pitcher, and the other set bearing the terms descriptive of plays made by a side at the bat, the number of cards of each group held by one having the second set being indicated to the holder of the other set by the appearance of the reverse faces of the cards of said second set.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 24th day of March, 1915.

. IRA M. BEAM. Witnesses:


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U.S. Classification273/298, 273/244.2
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/02