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June 2017

Tarocchi di Mantegna, c.1465 • Monday, June 5, 2017

The so-called Tarocchi di Mantegna (c.1465) reflect an ideological structure bringing to mind the soul's progress towards perfection.

Naipe Nacional • Monday, June 5, 2017

Naipe Nacional designed by the architect, illustrator and artist Luis Alemany (1886-1943)

Blog Post   Tesseract Mobile Solitaire Games • Monday, June 5, 2017

Tesseract Mobile’s new Solitaire card games for Android devices features dynamic playing cards that change style...

Versailles • Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sumptuous ‘Versailles’ playing cards created by Matéjà and printed by B. P. Grimaud, c.1970

May 2017

Rodolfo de Olea : “El Elefante” • Wednesday, May 31, 2017

“El Elefante” Cadiz pattern by Rodolfo de Olea Viaña, 1899

Catalogue of Magic Card Tricks • Saturday, May 20, 2017

Gamagic Catalogue of Magic Card Tricks, c.1940. Everyone is familiar with playing cards, which makes them a ready medium for magical performance.

I. Hardy facsimile • Friday, May 19, 2017

Facsimile edition of 19th century I. Hardy Exportation deck complete with reproduction tax wrapper, c.1990s

New Jacob’s Bible Cards • Friday, May 19, 2017

New Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards, Tel Aviv

ANNOUNCING A NEW BOOK • Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I have written a new book on the history of the British playing card industry.

J. Muñoz, Getafe (Madrid) c.1870s • Monday, May 1, 2017

Catalan pattern by unusual manufacturer from Madrid, J. Muñoz, Getafe, c.1870s

April 2017

Jeu de Cartes Napoléon • Sunday, April 30, 2017

Deck created by Matéja celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Napoleon (1769-1969)

Rush Hour • Sunday, April 30, 2017

“Rush Hour” by Universal Publications Ltd, London, c.1935

Fair Play cross cultural playing cards • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes

Blog Post   Divine Art Playing Cards - Relaunch • Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Divine Art Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba & Guru Playing Card Company, 2016.

Progressive Whist Cards • Tuesday, April 18, 2017

There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s

Scottish Picture Playing Cards • Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987

Shop Item  The 72 Names Cards • Friday, April 14, 2017

A divination deck based on the Kabbalistic "72 Names of God" and the metaphysical artwork of Orna Ben-Shoshan, 2010

Shop Item  The Visconti-Sforza Tarot • Friday, April 14, 2017

Facsimile edition of the XV century Visconti-Sforza Tarot, published by Dal Negro

Aleister Crowley Tarot – the sombre luminary • Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943

East African Playing Cards • Tuesday, April 11, 2017

East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957

Chérie • Saturday, April 8, 2017

Chérie No 7022 designed by Hans & Louise Neupert, nice vibrant artwork, swinging 60s

The Summer Palace • Friday, April 7, 2017

The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998

Biermans Genoese pattern • Thursday, April 6, 2017

Biermans Genoese pattern for Clayson agricultural machinery, late 1960s

Adelaide Casino • Thursday, April 6, 2017

Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987

The Blue Train (Bloutrein) • Tuesday, April 4, 2017

“The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africam

March 2017

Mayall Press Art Studies • Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946.

Early Tarot Cards • Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tarot, originally a 15th century card game, has evolved into a form of personal mysticism and spirituality.

Norway’s Beauty Spots • Monday, March 20, 2017

Views of Norway’s Beauty Spots Souvenir playing cards published by Nyborg in collaboration with Oslo Travel Association, 1950s.

Shop Item  Ataque Football game • Sunday, March 19, 2017

“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958

Georg Kapfler • Monday, March 13, 2017

Antique deck of old Bohemian playing cards of the German type manufactured by Georg Kapfler and dated 1611.

Vienna (ex-Lyon) pattern • Sunday, March 12, 2017

‘Vienna pattern’ derived from archaic Lyon pattern by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne A.G., c.1926-1934

Prince of Wales National Relief Fund 1914 • Saturday, March 11, 2017

A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.

Shop Item  Naipes Merlín for Total Magnesiano • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

“Naipes Merlín” Catalan pattern produced by Kit Produccion y Diseño S.A., Argentina, 2009

Cartas Gitanas - Argentine Fortune-telling cards, c.1955 • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.

Shop Item  Naipes Merlín for Bingo Begui • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Naipes Merlín produced by Kit Produccion y Diseño S.A. for Bingo Begui, 2007

Shop Item  Italcred • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pack produced exclusively for Italcred credit card customers, c.2005

Shop Item  America Online Beach • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

«America Online Beach» promotional playing cards, Spanish suit system, non-standard designs, 2006.

Elephante No.50 • Saturday, March 4, 2017

‘Elephante No.50’ Cadiz pattern produced in Brazil, probably by Azevedo & Cia, Recife, c.1920

Saint-Martin Island Souvenir • Saturday, March 4, 2017

St-Martin Island Souvenir published by Editions Exbrayat

Cádiz Type playing cards • Friday, March 3, 2017

Cádiz Pattern playing cards

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A • Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

February 2017

Shop Item  Bodegas Trapiche Día del Amigo, 2003 • Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bodegas Trapiche Día del Amigo, 2003

Shop Item  Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals, c.1998 • Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals - Accupril & Lipitor, c.1998

Collectors' Playing Cards for Sale • Thursday, February 23, 2017

Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

Naipes Garaycochea • Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Humorous playing cards designed by Carlos Garaycochea, Buenos Aires, c.2002.

“Maxi Puke 201” Circus Poker • Monday, February 20, 2017

“Maxi Puke 201” Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai

Pack of Royals • Thursday, February 16, 2017

Willie Rushton’s “Pack of Royals” featuring caricatures of the Royal Family, 1995

57: China 3 • Thursday, February 9, 2017

A third and final look at some Chinese cards

Master of the Playing Cards • Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Animal suited playing cards engraved by the Master of the Playing Cards, Germany, c.1455

Sola-Busca Tarocchi • Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Sola-Busca Tarocchi, c.1491

Historic Shakespeare • Sunday, February 5, 2017

Historic Shakespeare with courts featuring Shakespearean characters, Chas Goodall & Son, 1893

Desafio Football Caricatures • Sunday, February 5, 2017

“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000

Shop Item  Escolazo • Friday, February 3, 2017

Naipes Escolazo manufactured by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, c.1978

Shop Item  Carlos V • Friday, February 3, 2017

“Carlos Vº” Catalan pattern by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, 1980s

Shop Item  Inter-Continental Hotel • Thursday, February 2, 2017

La Española Spanish-suited cards for Inter-Continental Hotel, Buenos Aires, 2005

Shop Item  Imparciales cigarettes • Thursday, February 2, 2017

Catalan pattern for Imparciales cigarettes printed by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, 1980s

Shop Item  Bodegas Michel Torino • Wednesday, February 1, 2017

La Española 2000 for Bodegas Michel Torino, 2005

January 2017

Shop Item  ServiClub • Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Spanish Cádiz pattern for YPF ServiClub Loyalty Card, 2001

Shop Item  Sika Construction Materials • Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Spanish Cádiz pattern for Sika Construction Materials, Argentina, 2008

Shop Item  Aventis Pasteur Pharmaceuticals • Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Spanish Cádiz pattern for Aventis Pasteur S.A, 2004

Shop Item  Fernet Capri • Tuesday, January 31, 2017

La Española Classic pattern for "Fernet Capri", 2006.

Shop Item  Coimexpor Argentina S.A. • Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Deck for Coimexpor V8 Lights cigarettes, 2008

Shop Item  RedElec Argentina • Monday, January 30, 2017

Publicity pack for RedElec Argentina electricity network, c.2008

Roche Advertising Playing Cards • Saturday, January 28, 2017

Roche Pharmaceutical playing cards, 1980s

Shop Item  Francisco de Narváez, 2007 • Saturday, January 28, 2017

Promotional pack for Francisco de Narváez's election campaign in 2007.

Cartas Precolombinas • Friday, January 27, 2017

Spanish playing cards with Pre-Columbian designs from Argentina, 2001

Hakka • Wednesday, January 25, 2017

“Double Happiness” brand Hakka [客家] playing cards used by Hakka ethnic communities who have a separate identity from Cantonese,

Shop Item  Dayco drive belts • Monday, January 23, 2017

La Española 2000 for Dayco drive belts by Gráfica 2001

Shop Item  Xanax pharmaceutical • Monday, January 23, 2017

Spanish Cádiz pattern by Gráfica 2001 for Xanax alprazolam, 2001

56: Number cards and Chinese Crackers • Monday, January 23, 2017

A brief look at the number cards used in standard English packs.

Miner’s Cards for Rutek Alliance • Sunday, January 22, 2017

Miner’s Cards for the Czech company Rutek Alliance, 2012.

Jacob’s Bible Cards • Friday, January 20, 2017

Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Card Factory Ltd, Tel Aviv, 1980s

Eastern • Wednesday, January 18, 2017

“Eastern” playing cards dedicated to ethnic Buryat culture, 2015

Anti-Fascist Propaganda Pack for the Siege of Leningrad, 1943 • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In 1943 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.

55: China 2 • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Some further American designs used in China.

Shop Item  ‘Creciendo Seguros’ road safety awareness playing cards • Monday, January 16, 2017

‘Creciendo Seguros’ road safety awareness playing cards sponsored by Chevrolet, Argentina, 2006.

Shop Item  Angry Birds card game • Saturday, January 14, 2017

“Angry Birds” card game made in China licensed by Mattel Inc, 2011

Shop Item  Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin • Friday, January 13, 2017

“Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin” collectible playing cards, made in China, c.2010.

Tam Cúc 三菊 • Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tam Cúc playing cards from Vietnam, based on Chinese chess, 2016

Shop Item  Plants vs Zombies UNO • Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Plants vs. Zombies UNO Chinese edition, licensed by Mattel East Asia Limited, 2011

Shop Item  UNO Indonesian edition, 2011 • Wednesday, January 11, 2017

UNO Indonesian edition, licensed by Mattel for sale in Thailand, etc, 2011

Shop Item  Angry Birds UNO • Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Angry Birds themed UNO card game manufactured in China, 2003

Shop Item  Adventures in Korea • Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“52 Adventures in Korea” souvenir playing cards, c.2010

Shop Item  C.W.S. Paints • Tuesday, January 10, 2017

C.W.S. Paints advertising pack made by C.W.S. Printing Works, Longsight, Manchester during the 1930s.

Shop Item  Houses of Parliament / Victoria Tower • Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“Houses of Parliament / Victoria Tower” by John Waddington imported into Argentina by Casa Jacobo Peuser Ltda, c.1938.

Shop Item  Berkshire Printing Co. • Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Standard deck manufactured by The Berkshire Printing Company Ltd., Reading, c.1935.

Shop Item  MacDonald Clan tartan • Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MacDonald Clan Tartan playing cards published by Andersons, Scotland, c.1930

Shop Item  Girls’ Generation • Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“Girls’ Generation” : K-Pop playing cards from South Korea, 2011

Shop Item  Chinese Facial Makeup • Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Chinese Opera Facial Makeup playing cards, c.2012

Shop Item  Mini Trump Card key ring • Monday, January 9, 2017

Mini Trump Card key ring playing cards, published by Popcorn Co. Ltd, made in China, 2011

Comtesse • Sunday, January 8, 2017

“Comtesse” by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1960s

Shop Item  KR Mahjong cards • Sunday, January 8, 2017

Chinese KR brand Mahjong card set, manufactured by Qingyuan Wan Qi Poker Products Co., Ltd

Shop Item  Tiger Beer • Sunday, January 8, 2017

Tiger Beer brewery playing cards featuring special artwork on the box, backs and Jokers

Shop Item  Learn Thai Flash Cards • Saturday, January 7, 2017

“Learn Thai” flash cards published by Lanna Innovation Co. Ltd, 2009.

Seoul Tower Hwatu published by Miracle Fish ©2008 • Thursday, January 5, 2017

This special ‘Hwatu’ card set has all the traditional 48 flower cards given a modern graphic treatment.

I. Schenck, Nuremberg • Thursday, January 5, 2017

I. Schenck, Nuremberg, late XVIIIth century

One Piece Hana Fuda • Thursday, January 5, 2017

One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010

World Cup ’98 • Thursday, January 5, 2017

World Cup ’98 football team pack for Paradigma Consulting Group, 2000

Shop Item  Nintendo standard deck • Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Nintendo standard deck, made in Japan.

Shop Item  Bio-Pack Flash Cards • Monday, January 2, 2017

Bio-Pack flashcards produced for Thai biology students

December 2016

Shop Item  Ovaltine Vocabulary Cards • Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thai Children’s Colour Vocabulary Cards promoting Ovaltine Smart chocolate drink, 2016

54: China 1 • Friday, December 30, 2016

Although many people would not consider Chinese cards worth collecting, the huge variety of court designs used by the companies based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan over the years should be of interest to those who like to enjoy variation in court cards, jokers and aces of spades.

53: Some recent acquisitions • Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Over the past few months the following items are a selection of what has come my way.

Carel de Wagenaer • Thursday, December 8, 2016

Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698

Jean Borin • Wednesday, December 7, 2016

‘Cartes de Luxe’ with artwork by Belgian artist and designer Jean Borin (1907-1997).

Cyprus Souvenir • Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cyprus Souvenir playing cards published by Editions Michalis Toubis S.A., 1998

Wild und Hund Skat • Friday, December 2, 2016

Hunting deck designed by Walter Niedl for “Wild und Hund” magazine, c.1977

DRRR!! • Friday, December 2, 2016

DRRR!!, short for Durarara!!, is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel written by Ryohgo Narita.

Walkers Shortbread • Friday, December 2, 2016

Advertising Deck for Walkers Shortbread, c.1998

Angler Skat • Thursday, December 1, 2016

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981

November 2016

Children’s Vocabulary Cards • Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thai Children’s Colour Vocabulary Cards promoting Ovaltine chocolate malt drink, 2016

Hunting Themed Skat • Tuesday, November 29, 2016

German-suited hunting themed deck designed by Günter Schmitz and made by VEB Altenburg, 1980

Shop Item  Vistas del Perú, c.1920 • Monday, November 28, 2016

“Vistas del Perú” souvenir deck imported from USA by Edw. E. Muecke, Lima, c.1920.

Shop Item  El Reloj card game from Peru • Monday, November 28, 2016

“El Reloj” card game printed by Imprenta Lecaros, Avenida Abancay 764, Lima, Peru, c.1920

52: The Isle of Man • Monday, November 28, 2016

The Isle of Man has always been a tax haven within the British Isles and it has also had some interesting packs of cards.

Classique • Sunday, November 27, 2016

“Classique” by Draeger Frères, Paris, c.1949 with designs reminiscent of early French cards.

Ciel de France for Miro Company • Saturday, November 26, 2016

‘Ciel de France’ published by Miro Company (Paris) featuring designs by Jacques Branger, c.1950

Shop Item  Discovering the Jungle • Friday, November 25, 2016

Discovering the Jungle souvenir deck published by Fenno Peru, 2009.

Pleisure Pub Group Bible #3 • Friday, November 25, 2016

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full... it always needs topping up with these delicious cocktail recipe cards...

Banco for Air France, c.1952 • Friday, November 25, 2016

Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962 • Friday, November 25, 2016

Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962

Shop Item  Discovering Perú • Thursday, November 24, 2016

"Conozca Perú / Discovering Perú" deck published by Fenno Peru, 2009

Shop Item  “El Perú” Fabrica de Cigarrillos • Tuesday, November 22, 2016

28 fantasy cigarette cards for the Peruvian tobacco company Roldan y Cia, San José 66, Lima. c.1890

Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910 • Monday, November 21, 2016

Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910

Shop Item  Roldan Cigarette Cards, Peru • Monday, November 21, 2016

14 assorted cigarette cards with miniature playing cards inset into top corners for Roldan y Cia Tobacco, Lima, c.1895

Cefacidal / Mead Johnson • Sunday, November 20, 2016

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson advertising playing cards, c.1975

Shop Item  Pavias Playing Cards, Peru • Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pavias playing cards made in Peru, c.1990.

C.W.S. ‘Game of Snap’ • Thursday, November 10, 2016

C.W.S. ‘Game of Snap’ advertising household products, Manchester (UK), 1930s.

Shop Item  Peru Rail souvenir playing cards • Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Peru Rail souvenir playing cards published by Peru Rail, Cusco, c.2005.

Shop Item  Inka Culture, Peru, c.2000 • Monday, November 7, 2016

Inka Culture playing cards, Peru, c.2000

Shop Item  ‘Casinos para Bridge’ for Club Social Miraflores - made in Peru • Sunday, November 6, 2016

‘Casinos para Bridge’ - anonymous manufacturer, made in Peru for Club Social Miraflores.

Shop Item  Laboratorios Magma ‘Complement’ • Sunday, November 6, 2016

Publicity pack for Laboratorios Magma, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1990.

Shop Item  Peruvian Playing Cards • Friday, November 4, 2016

Naipes Tipo Español “Naipes y Casinos” made in Peru, 1990s

Shop Item  Piatnik for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú • Thursday, November 3, 2016

Piatnik & Sons for the “Estanco de Naipes del Perú”, c.1960

Mos Burger • Thursday, November 3, 2016

Advertising deck for Mos Burger, one of the largest hamburger chains in Japan, 2015

Shop Item  Bosco by A.S.S. for Peru • Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bosco playing cards manufactured in Germany by A.S.S. expressly for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú, 1930s

Shop Item  Toyo No.88 for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú • Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Toyo playing cards No.88 made in China for the “Estanco de Naipes del Perú”

Shop Item  Leopardo 777 for Peru • Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Leopardo 777 made in Japan for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú, c.1960

October 2016

Shop Item  Old Smuggler Whisky • Sunday, October 30, 2016

Old Smuggler Whisky playing cards manufactured in Argentina, 2004.

Last Updated February 06, 2016 at 03:52pm


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