Introduced in 1894. A lovely back design that has been revived
several times since being discontinued in 1943.
Cupid was first issued in what collectors usually call the Sod back
(click on the link to the left below). The version pictured here is called Cross-Hatch in reference to the design
between the bicycle wheels that replaced the grass seen on the earlier version. It is common in red and blue, but
very rare in green or brown. Even single cards in the latter colors are not seen often.
The first image, below, shows the narrow version of Cupid issued
in 1918 for pinochle compared to the standard back. I have never seen any complete decks of this narrow pinochle
deck, although several back designs were shown as available in this size in the 1918 USPCC catalogue (see the
New Fan back page for another example of this
The second picture below shows a simplified red and gold version
of Cupid released by USPCC in 1997. I have only seen this deck in red. It came in a cellophane wrapper without a
box. A limited number were sold on eBay in the mid-2000s, but I haven't seen it offered since then, so this
version of Cupid is probably relatively scarce. A similar deck was released more recently in gold with red and
blue backgrounds. This new gold version more closely resembles the original Cupid back, with greater detail in
the design, distinguishing it from the 1997 deck. See the second image, below. Cupid was also rereleased by USPCC
as one of several decks in the Heritage series.
An EX/VG red US8c Cupid deck (no joker, no box) sold on eBay for
$35 on May 17, 2017.