Russian “Historical” playing cards with designs by Nikolay Karazin, 1897
Transformation playing cards hand-drawn on a pack manufactured by Hunt’s Playing Card Manufacturing Co Ltd c.1880
“Silly Symphonies” or “Mickey Mouse Snap” manufactured by Chad Valley Co. Ltd, 1930s
“Happy Families” game published by Chad Valley c.1930 drawn in the slightly grotesque style of the Victorian era
A variety of classic, vintage and antique collectible playing cards from around the world to add depth to your collection View More →
Ormond Printing Co ‘Emerald Isle’ playing cards with photo of Glengarriff Harbour, Co. Cork, 1965
Piatnik Spanish suited “Naipes Barajas Españolas” No.1932 “Marca El Jokey”
Facsimile of archaic 17th century playing cards from Northern Spain
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.
A set of rather unusual and non-standard cartomancy cards from Argentina with religious connotations and imaginative artwork.
Mitelli's designs are a complete departure from the old tradition, especially the 22 Trump cards.
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 →
Early History of Playing Cards: The Origins of Playing Cards, an on-line tutorial covering the early history of playing-cards.
Animal suited playing cards engraved by the Master of the Playing Cards, Germany, c.1455-60
The games we play mirror the world we live in. Children don’t play card games any more because they prefer computer games, which are the ultimate excitement. Antique and vintage children’s card games offer nostalgic memories of the fashions and social stereotypes of past eras and are a study in social anthropology. View More →
Facsimile edition of “Löjliga Spel Kort” (1825) illustrated playing cards from Sweden, showing scenes from Fredman‘s Epistles and Songs.
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 →
Málaga Costa del Sol souvenir playing cards published by Otermin Ediciones
Three Kingdoms playing cards describes the historical story of the Three Kingdoms period, the political and military struggles between the contending rulers. Chinese Imperial Culture Playing Cards.
Quantum playing cards were designed by Catherine Geaney in 2010 for her final year at college.
Playing cards designed by James Acken evoking Celtic myth in all its beauty, mystery and weirdness...
Playing Card Oracles - Alchemy Edition - by Charles J. Freeman and Ana Cortez
When movies, radio and television first appeared playing card manufacturers were worried. But people still had plenty of leisure time and card playing continued to increase. Today’s electronic devices, computers, the Internet and online gaming have changed everything and many former playing card manufacturers have closed down or been taken over by larger corporations. The older manufacturers are now a reminder of bygone days. View More →