Counterfeit Bee Playing Cards

No 99 "Bee" Counterfeit Playing Cards

a MUST-HAVE for any collector of rare playing cards


These counterfeit cards only have value for collectors of rare and historic playing cards. If you are looking for good-quality cards, these are not for you. If you are looking for genuine "Bee" cards, these are not for you.

The exact origin of these cards is unknown. They were made somewhere in Asia, and were smuggled illegally into the United States, to be sold in convenience stores.

The US Playing Card Co. [USPCC], the legitimate maker of "Bee" cards, is fighting a war with counterfeiters. A number of different counterfeit "Bee" cards have emerged in recent years. The two most common counterfeit "Bee" decks are the "Connell Bros." counterfeit deck, and the "Bee - 99" bridge size deck (shown here). Although these decks were made to look like genuine "Bee" cards, there are some inconsistencies that make them easy to spot.

The box is made from cheap card stock. The print is monochromatic, and the image is not as crisp as it should be. Although the counterfeit box is labeled as "POKER" and "STANDARD" [size], the cards are actually narrow bridge-size cards. The design of the counterfeit box is not a copy of a genuine bridge-size "Bee" box. It is actually an altered design of the classic poker "Bee" box. The biggest discrepancy in the design is the "No 99 - CLUB SPECIAL" label. To the best of our knowledge, all the USPCC "Bee" cards are labeled as "No 92 - CLUB SPECIAL".

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The construction of the box is also not the same as the construction of genuine USPCC boxes. The main difference is the bottom side of the box, which has been made to be closed with a tuck-in flap, in much the same way as the top side. All genuine USPCC boxes are factory-sealed on the bottom (or on the two sides) by folding and gluing together opposite flaps from the the front and the back. The dismantled box shows the exact construction of the counterfeit box.

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Counterfeit Playing Cards - marked cardsThe quality of these cards is inferior to the originals they were made to replicate. These cards are made from paper that does not have the same flexibility and durability, and the finish on the cards looks like a thin-plastic laminate.

The No 99 counterfeit "Bee" cards are factory marked for suit and value. The work is very crude and easy to spot by anyone who bothers to look. All the marks are located across the uppermost (and lowermost) row(s) of diamonds. The image shows the back of the Deuce of Spades. The value of the card is marked on the left side, and the suit mark is on the right. The enlargement shows the marking for the deuce, which is represented by clipping the lower corner of the first diamond (to represent an ace, the diamond would have been clipped on top). A similar mark, with the clipping on top, can bee seen on the opposite side, even without the enlargement. This represents the suit of spades.

It should be noted that the quality of the print is so poor that there are many flaws throughout the entire deck (fronts and backs). Some cards have spots of missing print, some have blotches of ink, and some of the cards tend to look faded.

The deck consists of 52 cards, plus two Jokers; there are no advertising cards. The Jokers and the Ace of Spades have been completely redesigned (were the counterfeiters possibly worried that they may be sued by the USPCC?). The original factory order of the cards is also different from the factory order of USPCC cards. The boxes are wrapped in cellophane, but they do not bare a USPCC seal over the top flap.

Despite the fact that these counterfeit cards are of poor quality, the cut is very good. Interestingly enough, this is not always the case with genuine USPCC cards, which are often found to have slight inconsistencies in the cut.

 

 

Due to the small supply of these counterfeit cards, we limit all orders to two decks per customer (all orders of two decks must be made as a red/blue set). The current price, which is relatively high, does not reflect the quality of the cards; it only reflects the rarity and the collectors' value. Furthermore, the price is very likely to go up, as soon as our supply drops down to a few remaining decks.

 


We do not promote the production, or distribution of counterfeit playing cards, or any other counterfeit products. We do not try to sell these cards as genuine articles, nor do we try to ruin the reputation of the USPCC. We are only making a few of these hard-to-find decks available to collectors who wish to add one or two decks to their private collections of rare and historic cards.


We will not ship counterfeit playing cards to a PO Box using US Postal Service. Will will only ship to a street address using a courier service, such as UPS or FedEx.