House of Cards (Small) | Original Set of 54 playing-size cards | Pre-Computer Game Promoting Creativity and Inventiveness | designed by Charles Eames | 1952
As noted by Charles Eames, “Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are preludes to serious ideas.”
The Eames designed the original House of Cards in 1952 and made in West Germany, with revisions in 1961 and 1999 showing the evolution of this collaborative teaching tool. Exemplifying familiar and nostalgic objects from the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms. 54 colorful cards, so slotted (six slots allowing the images as to form a fascinating construction toy). The design of each card is different. All are bright, Enclosed are illustrations of possible constructions and instructions diagrams, a collection rich in color and form to delight adults and children everywhere. The House of Cards can be assembled together to form fantastic structures both large and small. Dimensions: 3.75” x 2.25”.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection