Introduced in 1895. Discontinued in 1907. Not uncommon
in any of its red or blue iterations, although I have seen fewer blue decks than red. Decks are
rarely found in green or brown, but singles in those colors do show up from time to time. Very
similar in design elements to Racer No. 1. See a comparison on the
Racer No. 1 page.
As with other Bicycle back designs that featured the
League of American Wheelmen logo of the wheel with three wings, the Model back was updated to include
a four-winged wheel as the central motif in an attempt to make the back design fully symmetrical.
The result was the next deck in the sequence,
Model No. 2. Visit that page to
see how the card designers didn't quite get it right.
To learn more about the League of American Wheelmen
logo and its use on Bicycle cards, please see the
A red US8b Model No. 1 deck in EX/NM condition with
no box or joker sold on eBay for $111 on October 12, 2016. A blue Model No. 1 sample card sold on eBay
for $15 on February 3, 2017 (see the last image, below). A green Model No. 1 single sold on eBay for $58
on February 4, 2017.