“Carte per Signora” patience sized pack was produced by Fratelli Armanino, Genova, in c.1897
C. L. Wüst Oval Patience Karten No. 240, beautifully printed by chromolithography, c.1910
“Poker Faces” playing cards illustrated by Alex Elsen evoking the seedy underworld of organised crime.
“Queen of Hearts” by Josie Callipari, winner of the Brian Tucker Accounting Desert Fantasia Award 2005
SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon playing cards featuring SpongeBob and Patrick the star fish.
Art Deco 1930s ‘Strip Tease’ card game featuring characters involved in the performance and subsequent prosecution of an imaginary strip tease.
“007 Guns & Gadgets” James Bond themed playing cards printed by Carta Mundi, 2005.
A variety of classic, vintage and antique collectible playing cards from around the world to add depth to your collection View More →
uncut sheet of “STAR WARS Episode 1” playing cards printed by U.S. Playing Card Co., c.1999
Naipe Extra ‘Las Dos Torres’ manufactured by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V., Mexico, c.2002
Uncut sheet of Disney collectable cards printed in Poland by KZWP-Trefl, 2003
Political playing cards were introduced in the 17th century providing entertainment by satirising or deriding current events and leaders. Propaganda cards, war cards and even educational cards all carry a political message... but at this critical time in history people are awakening to a need for global healing which politicians can’t always deliver. View More →
Hadsegélyzö Kártya ('War Aid Cards') Nr. 63 designed by Leo Kober and first published by Piatnik, Budapest, in 1917.
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 →
‘Jugendstil Tarock’ was designed by Ditha Moser and first published by Albert Berger and Josef Glanz in 1906.
Fortune-Telling Cards, c.1690-1715, made specifically for the purpose of fortune-telling.
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 →
Fine playing cards by Gumppenberg of Milan evoking the style of antiquity, c.1830
The idea for these playing cards came from Vitaly Fishilevich's love of pirate stories and hidden treasure...
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 →
The cards are decorated with birds, animals, plants, cavorting children and other miniature creatures.
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 →
Inka-Dynasty playing cards based on 16th century designs by Guamán Poma, Peru
These “Stage Playing Cards” are souvenirs from a bygone age but today they have historic and nostalgia value.