“Carte per Signora” patience sized pack was produced by Fratelli Armanino, Genova, in c.1897
Hand-drawn designs by Inmaculada Gabaldón with suits based on traditional Spanish ones, published by Naipes de la Cigüeña, 1991
“Baraja Literaria” Spanish style pack with cartoons by Serafín, limited edition. Published by Asescoin and manufactured by Naipes Comas, 2002
A variety of classic, vintage and antique collectible playing cards from around the world View More →
Playing Cards promoting wine produced for Bodegas Trapiche, Argentina, 1998
Naipe Extra ‘Las Dos Torres’ manufactured by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V., Mexico, c.2002
KNIGHT'S 'Royal Primrose' CASTILE soap advertising playing cards manufactured by De la Rue & Co., c.1930
Usually featuring advertising messages and images promoting breweries, cigarettes, chocolate, banks, insurance, sea or air travel and other consumables, advertising playing cards are used in pubs and cafés and are a popular publicity item. Some packs are widely distributed, others are more exclusive. In some cases single cards are collected from inside the advertised product to complete a full set. View More →
An early advertising war deck printed by Gray Lithograph Co., New York, featuring patriotic themes connected with the Spanish-American War.
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 →
Spectacular court cards designed in Art Deco style with bright colours, elegant indices and a lovely Joker.
Originally published as “Slavonic Cards No.501” by The Colour Printing Plant, St. Petersburg, in the 1920s
Russian “Historical extra fine No.204” Playing Cards depicting Ancient Dynasties.
“4 Elementos” playing cards designed by Marcos Neila Muro celebrating environmental sustainability and ecology, 2014
Isle of Man stamp issue based upon the history of Manx themed playing cards, featuring six fascinating, full colour stamps.
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. View More →
Spanish regional costumes and coats-of-arms; cute illustrations on each card, 1986.
Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany
Faulkner’s “Shakespearian Misfitz”, designed by George Lambert, published around 1907/08.
Russian “Historical” playing cards with designs by Nikolay Karazin, 1897
Innovations in printing technologies have impacted the appearance of playing cards. Until the year 1832 playing cards manufactured in Europe were laboriously and expensively stencilled by hand. Then the process of typographical printing of playing cards was invented by Thomas de la Rue. View More →
Woodblock and Stencil Pack of standard English playing cards by Simon Wintle
Goodall’s earliest cards were traditional in appearance but in around 1845 ‘modernised’ courts were designed.