Negro Leagues museum hopes for jackpot with new playing cards - KCTV5

Negro Leagues museum hopes for jackpot with new playing cards

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The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is hoping to hit the jackpot with some new playing cards. 

The cards are the brain child of a collaboration between the museum and the U.S. Playing Card Company.

Last year, the card company contacted museum president Bob Kendrick about making a deck of Negro League playing cards.

"This is their first effort to work with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and it is an exciting partnership," Kendrick said.

Each deck contains 24 Negro League logos with each ace having a picture of different championship teams.

"The concept sketches were beautiful, and then when I actually opened the actual deck, I was blown away," Kendrick said.

The first series of cards just came out, and if sales are strong, Kendrick sees more cards being dealt.

"We hope that this is the first of several series of these cards," he said.

For every deck purchased, the U.S. Playing Card Company is donating 15 cents to the museum.

"It's a tremendous opportunity for us to creatively find ways to hopefully raise additional revenue for the museum but also educate the public about the history of the Negro Leagues," Kendrick said.

The Negro League museum is hosting a spades and bid whist card party Friday.  If you are interested in attending, click here.

For more information on where to buy the cards, click here.

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