1976-1980 SAFARI CARDS by Editions Rencontre
Safari Animal / Wildlife Cards were released between 1976 and 1980 through mail subscription only and have
been out-of-print since 1980. The cards measure 4 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches (12 x 12.5 cm) and they are printed on
glossy card stock and they are in full color. The cards are all marked Editions Rencontre, S.A. Lausanne 1976 to
1980. This is possibly the largest of all subscription card sets. The back of each card has a detailed history of the
animal featured on the front including specifications, locations and habits.
These subsciption cards were delivered to buyers in "decks" sent every few weeks. The buyer could then remit
payment which would continue the subscription. These cards were never sold as a complete set or at retail, the
only way to accumulate cards was to subscribe between 1976 and 1980.
The numbering on this set is a little tricky. There are 163 decks with 24 cards per deck for a total of 3,912 cards
in all! Decks run from 1 to 175 BUT Decks 88, 89 and 91-100 DO NOT EXIST, after years of consideration no
one we have dealt with have ever seen these decks so there are 163 decks total in the English Set.
THE FRENCH SET Runs from deck 1-87, 90, 101-199 so it has 187 Decks in all but also skips the same deck
Cards from decks 1 to 21 are numbered 1 up to 504, then decks 22 to 45 the cards are numbered 529 to 1104
(cards 505 to 528 were skipped), then decks 46 and 47 the cards are numbered 1-24 from the decks (normal
Editons Rencontre numbering). Deck 48 fills in cards 505-528 that were previously missing, then decks 49 to 175
all are numbered 1-24 with the Deck number prefix. The cards are numbered on the back with a 5-digit pre-code
13 057 ddd ccc (ddd= Deck number and cccc = card number). Also each THIRD deck came with an insert foldout
booklet called a triptych.
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Card size: 4 3/4 x 4 7/8"
# of Decks: 175
# of cards per deck: 24
Total number of cards in a
complete set: 4,200
Storage Included: Plastic Trays
and early distribution had
Above shows a sample of what the backs of the cards look
like, please click on the image for a larger, more clear version.
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