The Tally Ho Show – 3 Deck Reviews and a MEGA GIVEAWAY


In this episode, we dive into the world of
Bicycle’s slightly less famous cousin, the age-less Tally-Ho playing cards, including
looks at a faithful reproduction, a modern built-for-cardistry take on a classic, and
a beautiful interpretation of the brand from one of my favorite designers and artist. Plus, we announce the winner of the White
Regalia deck and more! Coming up next! [Music] If you’re watching this than the likelihood
is you know the Bicycle brand of cards pretty well. It’s by far the most famous brand name,
not just in the stable of brands owned and distributed by the United States Playing Card
Co., but in all the world. The first Bicycle deck of playing cards was
introduced in 1885. But in that same year, another company, one
run by a man by the name of Andrew Dougherty, introduced another brand that’s stood the
test of time, the Tally-Ho Playing Cards. A few years later, the USPCC bought up Dougherty’s
brand and instead of eliminating the competition they merely added to the stable. Over the years the Tally-Ho name and the designs
associated with it have been re-issued, reinterpreted and reimagined and we’ve seen many different
decks built for very different purposes hit the market; in this episode we’re gonna
look at some of the best and most popular recent examples of Tally-Ho Playing Cards;
the 1885 restoration by Michael Scott, the Cardistry-Con Hong Kong 2018 deck, and the
Olive Edition from Kings Wild Project. In fact, I’ll be giving away one of each
of these amazing decks in a super giveaway you are NOT gonna want to miss, so make sure
to stay all the way to the end for that. This is going to be a great episode! For those of you who are new, I’m the Gentleman
Wake and this is the go-to channel for the playing card enthusiast. Whether you are a cardist, a magician, a gamer
or a collector, this episode is for you and we hope you’ll consider subscribing if you
haven’t already. First up, let’s set the stage by looking
at what the world considers to be a standard Tally-Ho deck. These are the Tally-Ho no. 9 decks in the traditional red and blue editions. The Tuck boxes still feature Andrew Dougherty’s
name plus a mention of the famous Linoid Finish. More on that in a bit. Aside from the choice in color, the no. 9’s come with two distinct card backs which
have come to be known as the fan backs, so called because of the small hand-fan like
shapes seen throughout the design, and the circle back, which of course features a large
circle design. Both designs are available in blue and red. The cards faces themselves are bicycle standard–pips,
indices, layout and courts. The jokers feature a British gentleman fox-hunter
in yellow riding pants and red coat, exclaiming Tally-Ho! The term Tally-Ho originates as a call-out
used by hunters upon the sighting of their prey, usually foxes. It’s an conceptual choice that’s not too
dissimilar to how Bicycle’s or Bee’s came to be featured by other brands. But although the name has been around since
the beginning, the original Tally-Ho decks produced by Dougherty in New York city, then
only 21 years old, featured a unique design that’s worth looking at. This is the 2018 reproduction of the original
Tally-Ho no. 9 playing cards produced in 1885. Originally funded as a modest kickstarter
campaign, this reproduction is by Michael Scott, who has made a name for himself reproducing
a slew of original decks like the triplicate decks and the murphy’s varnish decks. Original available in a limited, original
and standard versions, which is the own seen here. The standard tuck box features brown ink on
white glossy cardstock. The front of the tuck has evidently not changed
much since their inception The sides give the address of the original factory. The back of the tuck includes more branding
and a circular trade mark design that features a circle of cards fanned out around a spade
pip. The box is held shut by a vintage tax stamp
seal. Opening the box reveals that the card-backs
do not feature a white poker border, instead the backs show off a full edge bleed tan color
contrasted with brown ink floral scroll work. The design is intricate and busy but definitely
vintage feeling and very different from the modern circle and fan backs. One hold over from this original deck that’s
successfully made the transition to the modern day is the circular floral design found on
the sides, which is the same as the ones found on the ends of the circle backs. The faces themselves feature vintage feeling
pips and indices. The courts are the more crude, antique looking
ancestors to the modern day standards down to the traditional implements and poses. The jolly jokers are not the fox-hunters we’ve
come to know. They feature a circle in the index. The ace of spades is big and ornate and features
the original ad copy. The deck handles wonderfully–despite the
reproduced artwork, these are of course modern cards made to today’s exacting standards. They are great for gameplay, built for collectors. The included double backer gives them some
magic utility and cardistry looks pretty good too. If it’s cardistry you’re after then this
next version of the Tally-Ho’s is for you. The Cardistry-Con Hong Kong 2018 deck and
we’ll get to that deck in a second. Before we do if you want to support this channel
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we provide. The Tally-Ho linoid finish–I promised I’d
talk about this a bit earlier–is quite popular among cardists. Whilst the slippery air-cushioned finish of
Bicycle Rider-backs makes for easy fanning and springs, the linoid finish, which features
an additional chemical layer designed to increase the longevity of the Tally-ho deck, lends
itself well to packet cuts and maneuvers that require a bit of ‘magnetism’ in the cards. Don’t be fooled though, because the modern
linoid finish decks fan and spring just as well as any Bicycle decks. The popularity of the Tally-Ho brand for cardistry
has led the USPCC to dedicate some time and energy to designing a deck of Tally-ho’s
built for flourishing and what better place to premiere the deck than at a convention
for cardists. The Cardistry-Con Hong Kong 2018 Tally-Ho
deck was originally made available on the floor of the convention, and subsequently
through second hand online retailers as well. The edition size was limited to 1000 decks. Several small changes were made to what ostensibly
is a standard Tally-Ho circle back deck. Perhaps most glaringly obvious is the garish
color palette; bright orange, sky blue, and cobalt blue. The tuck box feels very reminiscent of course,
with some notable exceptions being the omittance of the A. Dougherty name and the replacing
of No. 9 with the year 2018. Pulling the cards out of the box we can see
that the card-backs are full bleed edge-to-edge casino style. It’s a enlarged reproduction of the typical
monochromatic circle back designed to creative eye-catching patterns when fanned and spread. One little note of interest, the card backs
are subtly one-way–featuring nine orange ‘blades’ or spokes and seven blue ones,
while the other side evenly divides them into two groups of eight each–and whether intentionally
or not, coupled with the included double-backer that makes them somewhat magic friendly as
well. The faces also carry forward the color palette. Cobalt blue replacing black on the spades
and clubs, and orange replacing red on the hearts and diamonds. The courts are recolored bicycle standards
and the jokers are recolored standard Tally-Ho jokers as well. There’s also an included card advertising
Tally-ho on popular asian e-commerce sites–which makes sense considering the deck was distributed
in Hong Kong. The deck works well enough for gameplay, and
the commemorative nature of the deck makes it attractive to collectors as well, but of
course the draw here is how the deck handles and looks during said handling. As you can expect the stock flourishes brilliantly. It’s modern cut, faroing back to front. The loud color palette on the edge to edge
design is certainly eye-catching, although I don’t think this deck is going to win
any awards in the design category. Some might say It’s a desperate attempt
at capturing a market obsessed with colorful and modern ‘hype’ decks, and maybe they’re
right. But I like that the USPCC is experimenting
with cardistry focused decks, even if this one is a bit of a miss on the design front. I do think fans of Tally-Ho’s will appreciate
them, and maybe fans of the John Elway era Denver Broncos. Coming up next, a Tally-Ho deck that does
in fact feature top-notch design… I’m not gonna sit here and regale you with
words of praise for Kings Wild Project and designer Jackson Robinson. Frankly I’m sick of saying how awesome his
designs are, what great attention to detail the decks he produces have, and how I’m
a big fan. Blah Blah Blah… you’ve heard it all before. Except, well, ok… maybe just one more time. The Olive Edition Tally-Ho number 13 playing
cards are the latest in a line of reimagined takes on the venerable classics produced by
Jackson Robinson. He began the set with a blue-backed reinterpretation
of the classic circle back. And since some of the subsequent decks in
the series, the Scarlet, Pearl, Emerald and now Olive editions have featured the names
of some of Jackson’s daughters. I own three of the four, plus the original
deck. The scarlet deck–which I don’t own–is
gilded in gold and highly sought after. As is the usual case with Jackson, he designs
multiple versions of the decks–the case here with the Olive deck–more elaborate collector
friendly Limited Edition tuck cases and simple players editions as well. The printed designs on both are identical
but the collector’s deck is embossed copper foil with olive colored ink on sage green
matte cardstock. The design is brilliant and the box is premium
feeling. The back of the tuck features a representation
of the back design, somewhat of a cross between the fan back and the circle back with the
majority of the design being new elements thrown in. The inside of the limited edition box features
a repeating olive leaf pattern. Other than the name and some loose inspiration,
Jackson’s versions of the Tally-Ho playing cards are completely custom. The card backs are metallic inks; light brown
and olive green on white stock. There’s a poker border surrounding the intricate
design; a water-wheel like circle of floral scrollwork. On the faces, the pips are elegant and smaller
than standard. The clubs feature elongate stems. The index font is fancier than standard. There’s a double backer that features one
side in a monochrome metallic copper. The ace of spades is big and bold and features
a olive branch wreath. The jokers are a visual pun on the traditional
fox-hunter, this time literally a fox dressed as a hunter. A nice included detail is the fact that the
fox holds a martini with a olive in it. I could simply let the courts–modified standard
Kings Wild Project court cards–speak for themselves, but instead I’ll tell you that
these courts are simply gorgeous. They feature amazing attention to detail and
the metallic inks shimmer nicely. The Kings Wild Courts are definitely contenders
for my top ten court cards list–a video I’m working on for the near future. In fact I think the difficulty will come in
deciding which version of the courts across all of his decks are my favorite. With regards to handling and utility? These are USPCC Tally-Ho decks featuring the
same stock and finish you’d come to expect. These aren’t made for cardistry, but flourishing
feels great nonetheless. The true draw is impressing on poker night
and of course on display in a collection. The 1885 reproduction is still available PlayingCardDecks.com. In fact use promo code: Gentleman10 to save
10% off your order. The Cardistry Con deck may prove a little
harder to find. Ebay is a good option. The Olive Tally-Ho Limited Edition is still
available at KingsWildProject.com–this is a premium deck so expect a higher price point
for that one. But if you want a chance to win a Reproduction
deck, Cardistry-Con deck AND a players edition of the Olive Kings Wild Tally-Ho deck here’s
what you have to do. 1. Like this video. 2. Be a subscriber to this channel. And 3. Tell me a) which Tally-Ho deck is your favorite
and b) do you prefer single deck episodes or multi-deck episodes like this one? One more thing! Congrats to Robbie Tabbs, winner of the White
Regalia deck. Contact me Robbie to claim your deck. Just a reminder to all of you out there…
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