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If you want marked Rider Back cards, better get them now, because there probably aren’t any more coming out. iTricks contacted the United States Playing Card Company to get an explanation on the rumors that the card clearing house has put the kibosh on any altered Rider Backs, and the word is not good.

According to an employee of USPCC who requested anonymity, the marked decks will no longer be printed due to patent infringement legal issues. For example, if they print altered versions of the deck then they weaken their legal defense against another company printing knock-off versions that are only slightly different.

When asked why they had ever printed marked Rider Back decks, the USPCC employee replied, “we didn’t have a close eye on our legalities.”

So there you have it, straight from the (albeit not fully identified) horses mouth