Orient Express deck, with special courts, jokers and ace of spades. Reverse: VSOE logo in gold on blue panel.
Cards from uncut sheet of “Starościanka” playing cards manufactured by KZWP-Trefl (Poland), 2003
‘Pelaco’ playing cards with Aboriginal characters by Sands & McDougall, Australia, c.1930
A variety of classic, vintage and antique collectible playing cards from around the world to add depth to your collection View More →
“Monuments and Images of Mexico” for the tourist souvenir market by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A. 1960
Ormond Printing Co ‘Emerald Isle’ playing cards with photo of Glengarriff Harbour, Co. Cork, 1965
Uncut sheet of 'Aristocrat' playing cards for Dunes Hotel Casino manufactured by the USPCC, Cincinnati, c.1995
Fortune-telling cards and modern tarot packs have been conjured in a wide variety of conceptions. They involve use of imagination and intuition to assess one’s own thoughts and feelings from the view point of the symbolic images. This is liberating and creative, finding meaning and answers for oneself, rather than having blind faith in religion. Through imagination we can reach the darker regions of the psyche, face our mortality and discover the ethical principles at the heart of religion. View More →
Ramses II Tarot deck was published c.1975 in conjunction with a Peruvian occult or esoteric magazine.
Dondorf's range of playing cards and card games includes a Fortune-Telling set which is sometimes named after the French fortune teller Madame Lenormand.
Playing cards arrived in Europe the late 14th century and rapidly became a part of popular culture. Antique playing cards are like a visit to the local museum and evoke images of past eras and ways of life and also demonstrate archaic technology or production methods. So what do the oldest surviving playing cards look like? View More →
Geistliche Karten, Augsburg, 1718. Each card carries a text in Gothic typeface giving advice regarding what to do and think each day.
Fine playing cards by Gumppenberg of Milan evoking the style of antiquity, c.1830
Tarots with French suit signs started appearing in around 1750. Subjects depicted on the trump cards varied, but during the 18th century there was a preference for pictures of animals or hunting scenes.
The playing card calls for artistic treatment and although the constrained size imposes some limitations there is an almost bewildering wealth and variety of designs in playing cards and their tuck boxes. The serious player requires design to be unobtrusive so that aesthetic considerations remain in the background. However, with modern manufacturing technology more eye-catching designs are becoming popular as gifts, collectibles and for their attractive appearance. View More →
Wiener Waisenfond Whist No.1, designed by Nellie Stern and manufactured by Ferdinand Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna, 1916.
“Iceland” playing cards with scenic aces designed by Guðmundur Pétursson Thorsteinsson (Muggur, 1891-1924) were first published in 1923
The portrayal of national or ethnic identity on playing cards reflects the different cultural backgrounds, native communities and language groups which co-exist in the world today, celebrating their accomplishments, art and histories. The indigenous capacity to assert itself with dignity in the face of modernity shines through these cards. View More →
Naipes Nacionales designed by Manuel Bayardi and published by Clemente Jacques y Cia, Mexico c.1940
Non-standard Spanish-suited playing cards created by Rafael Rodriguez Hernandez and published by Ediciones Baja Andalucia, Sevilla, c.1980.
Czech “Hussite” Pack engraved by Karel Hoffmann and first printed by Jan Ritter in 1895.
Isle of Man stamp issue based upon the history of Manx themed playing cards, featuring six fascinating, full colour stamps.
The Legends Playing Card Company partners with The Expert Playing Card Company to provide high quality, beautiful decks of cards.
The 19th century saw the rise of European tourism, especially in Switzerland. Souvenir playing cards depict the aesthetic, political, social, cultural and economic standpoints of the countries to which they belong and remind us of our journey. They usually feature beauty spots, local customs, gastronomy, heritage or other attractions and are closely related to shopping... View More →
Beautiful Bath is a hand-made pack by Karl Gerich which was published in 1996