Backdating Discover?

All about Discover & Diners Club - talk about their credit card deals such as the More, Miles, Escape, and others.
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Postby CC Deville » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:33 pm

DavidNY wrote:Wow, it's the old design (minus the 12-digit account number). How cool. I'll have to get that, though will wait until my card gets closer to expiring.

Maybe they'll bring back the old commercials too? Maybe, maybe not.....

Here's the original TV ad played during Super Bowl XX (1986):

Discover Card - The Dawn of Discover (1986) - 0:60 (USA) commercials | adland.tv

I didn't hear the exact quote that Discover claims to have had in the ad though.

Discover Financial Services: Our Company: Our History


Discover has had some good commercials over the years. That original Discover Card commercial was kind of sappy. That soldier coming home to some God awful corn field state....There was one from later in 86 or 1988 that I liked. Some girlfriend whips out her Discover card to show her friends and the music sings, "The Discover Card, Smart Move!" Very 80s and very awesome.

My parents were original 1986 members and a few years ago when they sold my childhood home I was going through records and found my dads unused 1986 Discover Card (the man never used it, only my mom did; I remember her always asking store clerks if they accepted Discover). The Dawn of Discover design was introduced last year for the 25th anniversary. I have not bothered to see if it is available in 2012. It looks very similar to the original: obviously the 1986 card didn't say Cashback Bonus on it (they were originally called Dividend Dollars); the 1986 card had gold letters and numbers, and the light, faint repeating "Sears Financial Network" were in the background, now it repeats Discover. And the 1986 card had an embossed Sears Tower. From what I understand, 1986 Discover Card holders who opted for the Dawn of Discover design have the words "Founding Member Since" on it.

I was only 7 in 1986 but I get off on the fact that my Cardholder Since year is 1999. I laugh at post-2000 Member Since dates-too new. Muwhahahaha!


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Postby DavidNY » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:38 pm

Yep, the commercials were really sappy and were very vague on features.

I wonder if that unused card could be worth a few bucks on ebay :-)

If they backdated my card would say member since the 90's, but they don't, so it doesn't.

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Postby Money card » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:21 pm

CC Deville wrote:AMEX is the only creditor that backdates. I am not sure why they are allowed too and why other banks/finance companies don't.....maybe something in their original charter as a travel and leisure card?

I currently have the "Dawn of Discover" design. It is very close the original 1986 design with the obvious exception that it does not say "Sears Financial Network" and it does not have an embossed Sears Tower. It also has a matte flat finish as it is one of the biodegradable cards. My favorite Discover design was the 1999-2005 ish Discover Platinum before they changed it to Discover More with the dots and black Discover logo.

Fun fact: Discover used to issue their account numbers based on where the account was opened. For instance, a Discover opened in CA would be 6011000X; WA, OR, NV, UT, CO, WY, MT, AZ, NM, AK and HI had 6011009X; IL was 6011006X, FL 6011003X etc. The 7th digit decreased as you moved east with the exception of CA. This has since changed and they seem to be issuing random numbers for the past few years. 60112XXX was a Private Issue (had a different Cashback Bonus set up). Just something I noticed.....


I think the reason they back date is because they want you to be a member again, as I said a lot of their cards have annual fees so they do this to be courteous. If you noticed on their cards, your card gets 4 years before it expires and all other credit cards you get 3 years.

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Postby Money card » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:41 pm

CC Deville wrote:Discover has had some good commercials over the years. That original Discover Card commercial was kind of sappy. That soldier coming home to some God awful corn field state....There was one from later in 86 or 1988 that I liked. Some girlfriend whips out her Discover card to show her friends and the music sings, "The Discover Card, Smart Move!" Very 80s and very awesome.

My parents were original 1986 members and a few years ago when they sold my childhood home I was going through records and found my dads unused 1986 Discover Card (the man never used it, only my mom did; I remember her always asking store clerks if they accepted Discover). The Dawn of Discover design was introduced last year for the 25th anniversary. I have not bothered to see if it is available in 2012. It looks very similar to the original: obviously the 1986 card didn't say Cashback Bonus on it (they were originally called Dividend Dollars); the 1986 card had gold letters and numbers, and the light, faint repeating "Sears Financial Network" were in the background, now it repeats Discover. And the 1986 card had an embossed Sears Tower. From what I understand, 1986 Discover Card holders who opted for the Dawn of Discover design have the words "Founding Member Since" on it.

I was only 7 in 1986 but I get off on the fact that my Cardholder Since year is 1999. I laugh at post-2000 Member Since dates-too new. Muwhahahaha!


CC I have that card to I remember getting that flyer in the mail. I called up and asked the account mgr if I could still keep the same account number as what is on my black glow card, he said yes. I asked if I could have the same membership date which is 1998, he said yes. So I told him to send me the card. As you know I have 2 Discover cards. On 1 account I have the black glow and the original black.

The letters on Discover is more reddish these days. When I originally had the black, the letters were more orange. Then again look at the Tampa bay buccaneers uniforms from the 80's to today
life, was more orange in those days.

CC if you had that card back in those days, did you save that card or any of your other credit cards, like do you have them in a souvenir wallet?

I have that Discover, I have 1 with the moon, an all pitch black card. I have my original Mobil card before they shared with Exxon, I have my Dad's old expired gold card when the gladitor was faced differently and up on top it said Irvings Trust. I also have my old First card Gold cards, platinum and Bank 1. Those are some cards that I have in my souvenir wallets

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Postby CC Deville » Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:31 pm

Money card wrote:CC I have that card to I remember getting that flyer in the mail. I called up and asked the account mgr if I could still keep the same account number as what is on my black glow card, he said yes. I asked if I could have the same membership date which is 1998, he said yes. So I told him to send me the card. As you know I have 2 Discover cards. On 1 account I have the black glow and the original black.

The letters on Discover is more reddish these days. When I originally had the black, the letters were more orange. Then again look at the Tampa bay buccaneers uniforms from the 80's to today
life, was more orange in those days.

CC if you had that card back in those days, did you save that card or any of your other credit cards, like do you have them in a souvenir wallet?

I have that Discover, I have 1 with the moon, an all pitch black card. I have my original Mobil card before they shared with Exxon, I have my Dad's old expired gold card when the gladitor was faced differently and up on top it said Irvings Trust. I also have my old First card Gold cards, platinum and Bank 1. Those are some cards that I have in my souvenir wallets


Well, the 1986 card was my dad's and yes, I still have it. My original Discover from 1999 was black but the "DISCOVER" was holographic and if you moved it around in the light you could see the sun setting/rising over the ocean. It was pretty cool and loads better than the black logo they use now. I have the basic More design now (silver with the dots) and of course the Dawn of Discover design (same account of course).

I have never heard of a souvenir wallet. But yes, I have kept almost every credit card I have ever been issued. Even my Mervyn's California card-although it is in 15 pieces.

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Postby Money card » Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:29 pm

What I mean is when your current wallet gets little tears, holes and it gets old, after you replace it with a new one. That would be the wallet with your expired credit cards that you saved.

That's what I mean by souvenir wallet. An old wallet.

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Postby CC Deville » Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:49 pm

Money card wrote:What I mean is when your current wallet gets little tears, holes and it gets old, after you replace it with a new one. That would be the wallet with your expired credit cards that you saved.

That's what I mean by souvenir wallet. An old wallet.


Ah, got it. No, I havn't got a souvenir wallet. My old cards are locked in a filing cabinet. I actually did buy a new wallet last year but I don't care for it. I am very attached to my wallet and it should be retired at this point.



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