Vintage Rook Deck

This is a vintage set of Rook Playing Cards.

Rook is a commercial card game that has been around since 1906, in various incarnations. According to the publisher, "It's much easier to play than Bridge, more fun than Pinochle, and more varied than Hearts. Rook is played with a deck of 56 numerical cards and the unique Rook bird card."

I'm not quite sure how old this deck is. There is no date on the cards or the box. The last copyright date on the instruction booklet is 1968, so this deck is probably from the late 1960s or early 1970s. It was published by Parker Brothers in Salem, MA, and marked "Made in U.S.A.".

Vintage Rook SetThis is the set -- box, 1 decks of cards, instructions.

Vintage Rook DeckThis is a close-up of the front of the box.

Vintage Rook CardA detailed look at the "Rook" card.

Vintage Rook CardsThe full deck of Rook cards -- Red, Yellow, Black and Green, numbered 1-14.

It is in very good condition, and complete with all 57 cards and an instruction booklet that provides rules for Rook and a number of variations, including:

  • The Regular Game
  • For Two Players
  • Club
  • Tennessee for Two
  • Over The Top
  • 3-Handed Partnership Display
  • Partnership for 4
  • Dixie
  • One-High Partnership
  • Kentucky Discard
  • 600
  • Short Pack: 600
  • Display
  • Boston
  • The Bird Picture Card
  • Solitaire
  • Tuxedo
  • I Doubt It
  • Panjandrum
  • Donkey
  • Golden "10"
  • Match
  • Clock Pastime

If you're interested in seeing other vintage Rook cards, visit Coit Morrison's Rook Card Collection, which contains over 100 Rook decks, going back to the early 1900s.

For more modern renditions of this classic game, check out our Rook page, or search for your own vintage deck at eBay.

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