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Publication numberUS1704457 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 5, 1929
Filing dateAug 3, 1927
Priority dateAug 3, 1927
Publication numberUS 1704457 A, US 1704457A, US-A-1704457, US1704457 A, US1704457A
InventorsBedard Lewis A
Original AssigneeBedard Lewis A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Playing cards
US 1704457 A
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March 5, 1929; K L, A, BED 1,704,457

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Patented Mar. 5, 1929.



Application filed August 3, 1927.

itect, every play made in the actual game of base ball.

The deck is composed of flour suits, each having the same number of cards, and the 1 cards of .llCll suit being serially llllllllJGl'GL'l, and distinguished "from the cards of the other suits by color on their faces.

()f the accompanying drawings forming a part 01" this specification,

Figure 1 shows in overlapped relation the cards of one suit.

Figures .l, 3, land 5, show four cards, one of each suit, a suitable distinctive color being indicated on each card.

Figure 6 is an edge view of the deck, showing the four suits slightly spaced apart.

Figure 7 is a diagram showing the relative positions of four players at a card table.

The same reference characters indicate the same parts in all of the figures.

I will first describe the deck and the characteristics of the several cards thereof.

The deck is composed of four suits, each having the same number of cards, preferably fifteen, one of the suits being shown by Figure 1. The cards of each suit are serially numbered on their faces, the numbers in this instance including 1 to 15, and being at corner portions of the face sides.

The face sides of the cards of each suit are colored to distinguish each suit from the others, as imlicated by the notations black, red, yellow and green, marked on Figures 2, 3, l, and 5, each of the cards shown by these figures being the first card of one of the suits.

The colors named are used illustratively, and not in a limiting sense.

The suit shown by Figure 1, may be either of the suits shown by Figure 6, in which the suits are represented as separated from each other, this figure being accompanied by notations which, for convenience, indicate that the black cards constitute suit number one, the red cards suit number two, the yellow cards suit number three, and the green cards suit number four. The serial numbers of certain cards in each suit preferably have characteristics distinguishing them from the serial numbers of the other cards of that suit, so


Serial No, 210,243.

that the cards are grouped bytheir serial numl'iers. Figure 1 shows the numerals 1, 5, 10 and 15, distinguished by the fact that they are considerably larger than the other numerals.

The players of one side may represent batters, and those oi? the op 'iosing side lieldcrs. the rules may provide fbr the dealing by a lieldcr oi fifteen cards to each player, when there are four players, each two playing as partners and representing a ball team of nine men.

The game may be played by innings, any number being agreed upon before starting th 'ame.

To emphasize the fact that the deck is adapted to be played to simulate a game of base ball, the face of each card may be provided with a design representing a base ball, as shown by Figures 1 to 5, the design preferably including an outline map of the Western Hemisphere.

A similar design may be applied to the back of each card, and may be accompanied by an outline map of the Eastern Hemisphere.

A dummy card on which the rules of the game are printed, may be added to the deck,

this card being of the same size as the playing cards oi the deck.

The following description of the manner of using the cards in playing an inning of a base ball game will be sufficient to give an understanding of the invcntiomdt being under stood tl; it the rules accompanying the deck provide for all other cont]agencies or plays of a base ball gan'ie.

Although an inning may be played accomplishing much di lferout results from other innings of the game, yet the following is an illustration of one possible way. For instance, A and C (Figure 7) are playing partners and represent a ball team of nine men, say Boston Americans, while B and D are playing partners and represent another ball team of nine in on, say Detroit Americans.

The Bostons being at the bat first, are termed the batters, while the Detroits are the fielder-s. W'ith these cards the fielder-s, or say B, deals out cards to each player, using the entire deck. The players are now seated at a table in the usual order of any card game, as indicated by Figure 7. C leads black card number 5, D plays black number 4, giving G a one base hit. A leads red 14, while B plays another 14, say black, and fouls As play crediting him with 1 strike. C leads yellow 11 and D plays yellow '12, crediting C with 1 strike. A leads green let, and B plays green 15, crediting A with 1 strike, malting the Boston batters 1 out and one man on 1st base. C leads yellow 9, and D plays yelloW 10, designating a foul fly (cau ht), crediting C with 1 out. A leads blacK 15, and B plays black 11, crediting A with a three base hit, forcing C home,v who has been on first base. i

The game now stands 1 run, 2 out, and one man A on 3rd base. C tries for a home run by leading red 1, D plays number 13 (any suit) designating a fly (caught) and crediting 1 out to (I, making a total of three outs for Boston, with the score standing at one to nothing. The cards are now all gathered, shuff d, and dealt out by C, 15 cards to each, and so on the game progresses until. the number of innings agreed upon have been played.

I may add that the reason for having the numerals 1, 5, 10 and 15 larger than the remaining numerals in each suit is, first. the number 1 is the commanding card in the deck, being the only one capable of making a home run. The number 5 is the highest card in a group allowing a 1st base hit. The number 10 is the highest card in a group allowing a 2 base hit. The number 15 is the highest card in a group allowing a 8 base hit. So that 5, 10 and 15 indicate the group of cards possible of making the dilierent base hits.

Aside of the 1 being a home run card, it also designates a fly (caught) making 1 outwhen played over any other card in its suit. The number 10 is also commanding, in the same sense that it fouls any card in its suit and designates a foul fly (caught) when played over a card of less numerical value, ex cept the number 1, in which event, it is only a foul ball.

The following chart summarizes the seyengw foul fly caught one out.

[1-15 black B-11 black C- 1 red 11-13 anysuit quence of plays above described 1 base hit.

mi {oul ha1l-1 strike. C-l1 yellow One m D12 yellow 1 Sumo ne out L AMP! green 13-15 green 1 C Oyellow 3 base hit, also forcing one run. fly caught or one out.

Score-3 outs with i run.

I claim A deck of cards for playing a game, representing baseball, composed o't sixty 'ards divided into four suits oi nit-eon cards each, all of the cards in each suit being serially numbered consecutively from one to 'li'ticen and distinctively colored on their faces, the serial numbers being duplicated in all the suits and the distinctive color of each suit being ditterent from that of the others, the numbers of the terminal cards and two of the intermediate cards of each suit having ch aractcristics distinguishing them from the other car ls of the suit, and making said cards what are termed commanding cards, that divide each suit into three groups, each including one of said commanding cards, and a plurality of the other cards, all the cards of each said groups representing one of a plurality of certain definite plays in the game, e. single base hit, or a two base hit or a three base hit, and certain of said conmiandii cards of each suit indicating ditlcrent pla determined by the card which is played inunediately preceding the playing of said cemmanding card.

In testimony whereof I have affixed my signature.


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2687306 *Sep 23, 1952Aug 24, 1954Cheng George CDeck of playing cards
U.S. Classification273/298
International ClassificationA63F1/00, A63F1/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/02
European ClassificationA63F1/02