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April 2016

Hollywood Stars • Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hollywood Stars by Maple Leaf B.V., Amsterdam, 1957

Playing Cards for Sale • Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I've decided to sell off my surplus packs. The vast majority are standard English, mostly from Britain, but I have a few non-standard packs to dispose of, too.

Cartes à Rire • Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Transformed playing cards featuring satirical caricatures of political figures then in the ascendant, Paris, c.1819

48: Ferdinand Piatnik & Sons • Monday, April 11, 2016

Ferd. Piatnik produced a very large range of cards with many different standard and non-standard patterns. This is a survey of his standard English output.

Blog Post   Dogs • Friday, April 8, 2016

‘Dogs’ playing cards showcases 52 canine portraits in four suits as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by Chet Phillips, 2016

Naipes Tu Destino Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975 • Thursday, April 7, 2016

“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationships c.1975

Black Tango • Tuesday, April 5, 2016

‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973 • Monday, April 4, 2016

Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973

Shop Item  Argentina Tango • Monday, April 4, 2016

'Tango' playing cards manufactured in Argentina, anonymous manufacturer, 2001

Shop Item  Naipes Truco “Únicos” • Monday, April 4, 2016

Truco “Únicos” featuring light-hearted caricatures of national celebrities, designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006.

Shop Item  Naipes Habana, 1960 • Sunday, April 3, 2016

"Naipes Habana" Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Justo Rodero e Hijos S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1960

Tarot de l’An 2000 • Sunday, April 3, 2016

“Tarot de l’An 2000” designed by Pino Zac, 1981, satirising 20th century life.

Shop Item  Tarot de l’An 2000 • Sunday, April 3, 2016

“Tarot de l’An 2000” designed by Pino Zac, published by France Cartes in 1981.

Singapore Airlines • Saturday, April 2, 2016

Singapore Airlines A330 flying experience souvenir playing cards

March 2016

Vac-tric Electric Vacuum Cleaners • Monday, March 28, 2016

Vac-tric Electric Vacuum Cleaner playing cards manufactured by De la Rue, 1930s

British Birds • Saturday, March 26, 2016

Pepys “British Birds” card game with colour pictures, c.1968

Blog Post   Four Point • Monday, March 21, 2016

“Four Point” playing cards, a labour of love designed and illustrated by Ben Vierck, 2014

Food Exchange • Saturday, March 19, 2016

“Food Exchange“ playing cards designed by Ralph Dobson for the British Diabetic Association, 1973.

Bath and the Cotswolds • Friday, March 18, 2016

“Bath and the Cotswolds” souvenir pack of cards published by John McLean of Edinburgh, c.1990

The Stuttgart painted pack, c.1430 • Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The luxury, hand-painted Stuttgart Cards (Stuttgarter Kartenspiel) dated c.1430, with suits of ducks, falcons, stags and hounds.

Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards • Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards depict royal costumes of four periods in English history, 1893

SiRen International • Sunday, March 6, 2016

“SiRen International” playing cards based on traditional style of Indian miniature painting, 1998

Shop Item  Sum-it Card Game • Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sum-it is an educational card game published in c.1935.

Popular No.257 • Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Piatnik’s “Popular Playing Cards” No.257

46: Henry Hardy, Henry French & Christopher Groser • Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A brief look at some makers of whom we know little.

Shop Item  Bobs y’r Uncle card game • Tuesday, March 1, 2016

“Bobs y'r Uncle” nursery rhyme card game designed by Frank H. Simpson for John Waddington Ltd. in 1935.

Bobs y’r Uncle • Tuesday, March 1, 2016

“Bobs y'r Uncle” nursery rhyme card game designed by Frank H. Simpson for John Waddington Ltd. in 1935

47: Welch’s postcards and Waddington’s redrawing • Tuesday, March 1, 2016

There are a number of court card designs that have never actually been produced as cards. It's a shame some of them never were.

February 2016

Ottakar’s Happy Families • Monday, February 29, 2016

Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000

Shop Item  Ottakar’s Happy Families • Monday, February 29, 2016

Ottakar’s Happy Families cards designed by illustrator and caricaturist Chris Burke, 2000.

Cotswold Happy Families • Sunday, February 28, 2016

“Cotswold Happy Families” created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997

Shop Item  Country Craftsmen Happy Families • Sunday, February 28, 2016

“Country Craftsmen” Happy Families illustrated by Mandy Hall, published for the National Trust by Dinosaur Publications Ltd, 1978

Shop Item  2000 Pips Transformation • Thursday, February 25, 2016

Peter Wood’s “2000Pips” Transformation pack of playing cards limited to 1000 packs, 1999

2000 Pips Transformation • Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Peter Wood’s “2000Pips” transformed playing cards (1999) reveals the artist’s love of nature

Reshuffle • Tuesday, February 23, 2016

“Reshuffle” by Reetta Hiltunen, Finland, is a playing card installation stemming from the traditional Finnish children's card game Pekka-game or Funny Families.

Teddy Bear Pack • Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994

Country Craftsmen • Tuesday, February 23, 2016

“Country Craftsmen” Happy Families with illustrations by Mandy Hall, published for the National Trust by Dinosaur Publications Ltd, 1978

Anonymous.Spanish-suited Playing Cards • Monday, February 22, 2016

Spanish-suited playing cards made in Belgium by Léonard Biermans, c.1875

Breaking Bad • Sunday, February 21, 2016

“Breaking Bad” fan deck designed by Albino Dragon and manufactured by the USPCC in 2014

Views of Ireland • Saturday, February 20, 2016

Selected views of Ireland Souvenir playing cards published by the Irish Tourist Association, 1950s

Shop Item  Deportistas Guipuzcoanos • Friday, February 19, 2016

Guipuzcoa’s best athletes of the twentieth century, cartoon playing cards published by “El Diario Vasco” 1999

Shop Item  Smash Hits! Pop Stars • Friday, February 19, 2016

Smash Hits! Pop Stars Top Trumps, 2001

Canary Islands Souvenir • Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Canary Islands Souvenir by Heraclio Fournier, c.1970

Popeye Knockout • Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Popeye Knockout No.6586 by Tower Press, c.1961

Shop Item  Clifford Series “Donkey” • Thursday, February 11, 2016

Clifford Series “Donkey” card game, c.1950

The ‘Mystic’ • Thursday, February 11, 2016

The ‘Mystic’ Fortune Teller card game by Clifford Toys

Shop Item  Clifford Series Happy Families • Tuesday, February 9, 2016

‘Clifford Series’ Happy Families, c.1950,

Shop Item  Trumps Car Series • Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Carta Mundi Trumps Car Series card game

Shop Item  Kay Snap • Monday, February 8, 2016

Kay ‘Snap’ Children's Card Game, made in England, 1930s

Shop Item  Pepys Belisha • Monday, February 8, 2016

Belisha, published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys Games) in 1937, inspired by national Safety First campaign.

Shop Item  Counties of England • Monday, February 8, 2016

Jaques’ Counties of England card game, c.1880

Shop Item  Poker Tela de Araña • Sunday, February 7, 2016

Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban during the Paisanito S.R.L. period in c.1952-53

Héron French tarot • Thursday, February 4, 2016

French edition of the ‘Bourgeois’ Tarot by Héron

Truco “Únicos” • Thursday, February 4, 2016

Naipes Truco “Únicos” with caricatures of national celebrities designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006

Shop Item  Naipes Casino by Justo Rodero e Hijos • Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Naipes Casino de Poker "Lobito" by Justo Rodero e Hijos S.A.I.C., c.1980-90

Habemus Boda, 2004 • Tuesday, February 2, 2016

“Habemus Boda” deck celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain with cartoons by Sir Cámara

Shop Item  Habemus Boda, 2004 • Tuesday, February 2, 2016

“Habemus Boda” deck celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain on 22 May 2004

C.L. Wüst, 1811 - 1927 • Monday, February 1, 2016

SPIELKARTENFABRIEK VON C.L. WÜST, 1811 - 1927. A short history of the Wüst factory by Martin Shaw & Paul Symons.

Baraja PEPLVM • Monday, February 1, 2016

Baraja PEPLVM features cartoons by Ortuño of famous actors and actresses in roles from epic Roman movies

January 2016

Cartes Comiques du Colonel Atthalin • Sunday, January 31, 2016

“Jeu de cartes comiques” transformation cards designed by Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) and published in 1817

Tarot des Pompiers de Paris • Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tarot des Pompiers de Paris, a French Fire Brigade tribute tarot deck!

Shop Item  Heraclio Fournier No.35 "Rueda Alada" • Thursday, January 28, 2016

Heraclio Fournier No.35 "Rueda Alada" Spanish playing cards imported into Argentina, c.1970

Blog Post   Hesslers Enhanced • Thursday, January 28, 2016

Matt Hessler’s “Enhanced” four-colour playing cards

Shop Item  Blenders Whisky • Monday, January 25, 2016

Promotional deck for Blenders Whisky with jumbo indices manufactured by Joker, S.A., c.2006.

Shop Item  Movicom Bell South • Monday, January 25, 2016

Movicom Bell South advertising pack made in Argentina by Joker S.A., c.2009

Shop Item  Marfil 1ª, Hija de B. Fournier, c.1945 • Monday, January 25, 2016

'Marfil 1ª' playing cards by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos for export to Argentina, c.1945.

Royal Dutch Mail • Sunday, January 24, 2016

Elegant “Nieuw Neerlandia” pattern designed by M.A. Koekkoek and produced by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, c.1930s

Shop Item  Panama Tourist Deck • Thursday, January 21, 2016

Panama Tourist Souvenir Deck made locally in Panama, c.1980s

Salzburger Pattern • Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Salzburger pattern by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna

Martínez de León • Monday, January 18, 2016

Bull-fighters pack published by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria (Spain) with artwork by Andrés Martínez de León, 1951

Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks by Hoyle • Friday, January 15, 2016

Dual advertising deck for Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks, produced by Hoyle, 1983

Vergnano Tarot 1826-1851 • Friday, January 15, 2016

Stefano Vergnano’s Tarot and playing card factory holds a special place in the history of the Tarot.

Shop Item  Naipes “Cisne” • Friday, January 15, 2016

Naipes opacos “Cisne” manufactured in El Salvador

Shop Item  Naipes ‘El Borrego’ • Friday, January 15, 2016

Naipes ‘El Borrego’ manufactured in El Salvador

Strongbow ‘House of Horror’ • Thursday, January 14, 2016

‘House of Horror’ Halloween deck published by Strongbow cider, 2015

Key to the Kingdom • Thursday, January 14, 2016

“Key to the Kingdom” - an enchanted deck - illuminated playing cards designed by Tony Meeuwissen, 1992 based around traditional rhymes and verses

Giffgaff • Saturday, January 9, 2016

Giffgaff mobile network playing cards, 2015

Game of Thrones • Saturday, January 9, 2016

“Game of Thrones” playing cards are an official fan deck associated with the HBO adaptation of the books by George R.R. Martin.

Woolley & Co: “Second Harrys” • Monday, January 4, 2016

Woolley & Co produced a range of different quality playing cards, and these “Second Harrys” are towards the cheaper end of the range.

Shop Item  Woolley & Co: “Second Harrys” • Monday, January 4, 2016

“Second Harrys” manufactured by Woolley & Co., London, c.1877, 52 cards in original wrapper

Shop Item  Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant • Monday, January 4, 2016

Publicity deck for El Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador, c.2005.

Blog Post   New Year and a New Homepage • Sunday, January 3, 2016

Today we're launching a new homepage layout.

December 2015

Shop Item  2012 Inspiration Cards • Thursday, December 31, 2015

2012 Inspiration Cards - become wiser with insights of the ancient Mayas

Shop Item  Ireland Blarney Castle • Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Blarney Castle souvenir deck published on behalf of Great Southern Hotels, Ormond Printing Co (Dublin), 1975

Shop Item  Mas-Reynals Catalan pattern, 1996 • Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mas-Reynals, early edition of standard Catalan Pattern printed in 1996

Shop Item  Fournier Catalan pattern • Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fournier Catalan pattern No.5, c.1965

Shop Item  Mas-Reynals Catalan Pattern • Thursday, December 24, 2015

Standard Catalan Pattern by Mas-Reynals (Barcelona), 2001

Lucky Buddha Beer • Thursday, December 24, 2015

Deck made in China in c.2010 advertising the Chinese brew “Lucky Beer, the enlightened beer”

Math Stack • Monday, December 21, 2015

“Math Stack” playing cards designed by Diana Stanciulescu, illustrating and explaining 36 important mathematical constants, published by EduStack in India

Star Stack • Monday, December 21, 2015

Star Stack playing cards feature illustrations of famous astronomers and important astronomical constellations.

Delta Playing Cards • Friday, December 18, 2015

Delta playing cards are a modern art concept deck invented by Professor M. R. Ali, an artist operating under the company name of “Artology International”.

Jungle Jinks • Thursday, December 17, 2015

Jungle Jinks card game with artwork by Constance Stannard Chapman, manufactured by Thomas De La Rue & Co Ltd for H P Gibson & Sons Ltd, c.1905

Magic Poker Cards • Wednesday, December 16, 2015

“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...

Terracotta Army • Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Each card has a different photo of elements of the terracotta army whose purpose was to protect the emperor Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife

DC Comic Bombshells • Sunday, December 13, 2015

Stylish playing cards featuring the glamorous, superpowered female stars of the alternate reality world of DC Comics, published by 'Forbidden Planet', 2015

Cartes Recréatives • Friday, December 11, 2015

Cartes Recréatives is a set of Transformed playing cards designed by Armand-Gustave Houbigant (1790-1863) and first published by Terquem et May, Metz, in 1819

Under the Sea • Thursday, December 10, 2015

“Under the Sea” transformation playing cards, published in 2005 to raise money for the Marine Stewardship Council, an environmental charity which promotes sustainable fishing practices

Noah’s Ark Card Game • Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Noah’s Ark Card Game, c.1905, which in its day helped to teach the Old Testament worldview

Shop Item  Camoin Moroccan pattern • Monday, December 7, 2015

Cartes Fines 440B Spanish National Pattern in wrapper, c.1970

Peter Pan • Sunday, December 6, 2015

“Peter Pan” pictorial card game published by H. P. Gibson & Sons Ltd in c.1912 and manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd from drawings by Charles A. Buchel (1872–1950)

University of Essex • Sunday, December 6, 2015

A deck of cards produced for the University of Essex in around 2005-2006

Electrical Mah Jong • Friday, December 4, 2015

Electrical Mah Jong was produced by De La Rue for The Western Electric Company Ltd in 1924 for the Wembley Exhibition

Shop Item  Naipes Side Car No.9 • Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Naipes Side Car No.9 Español - Spanish version - mint in factory wrapper, c.1945

Blog Post   Zombie Bride Cards and Game by Gerad Taylor • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Are you a fan of the undead? Vampires and zombies that have risen from the grave? Then this is a deck for you; the creatures featured on this pack are part-zombie and part-vampire. As Gerad Taylor, the creator of this deck, likes to call them "Zompires".

Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano” • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s

November 2015

La Suisse Historique Swiss Cantons souvenir • Monday, November 30, 2015

A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920

Shop Item  Swiss Cantons souvenir • Monday, November 30, 2015

“La Suisse Historique” souvenir designed by Melchior Annen and manufactured by J. Müller & Cie in c.1920

Nationaal Speelkaart Nº 165 • Sunday, November 29, 2015

Wüst: Nationaal Speelkaart Nº 165 issued for the Dutch market

Shop Item  Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ • Friday, November 27, 2015

Vintage Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina, c.1960, with elaborate peacock joker

Jeu D’Aluettes - Boéchat Frères c.1950 • Thursday, November 26, 2015

Jeu D’Aluettes manufactured by Boéchat Frères, Bordeaux, c.1950 with archaic Spanish features mixed with the standard Catalan pattern

Shop Item  Aluette by Boéchat Frères c.1950 • Thursday, November 26, 2015

Jeu D’Aluettes manufactured by Boéchat Frères, Bordeaux, c.1950

Shop Item  Baraja Hispanoamericana, 2003 • Wednesday, November 25, 2015

“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin (Madrid), printed in Mexico by Productos Leo S.A., 2003.

Beautiful Britain Series • Monday, November 23, 2015

The ‘Beautiful Britain’ series depicting seaside and country resorts was produced by John Waddington Ltd for the Great Western Railway and London and North Eastern Railway between 1924-1939.

Travel Agent • Saturday, November 21, 2015

Travel Agent is a card game designed by Martin A. Foley and manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1960

Heráldica Castanyer • Saturday, November 21, 2015

Spanish Catalan pattern No.6 by Heráldica Castanyer, Sabadell (Barcelona), c.1980

Iddy Umpty • Saturday, November 21, 2015

“Iddy Umpty” card game based around learning to read the Morse Code Alphabet. by Thomas de la Rue & Co., Ltd, c.1905

Prime Arts • Saturday, November 21, 2015

Prime Arts Playing Cards were published in 2004 featuring the work of contemporary artists, illustrators and photographers.

Blog Post   Hoyle® Official Card Games Collection • Friday, November 20, 2015

The Hoyle® Official Card Games Collection 2015 includes plenty of favourites, and also includes the official rules for the games as well as tips and strategies, allowing you to easily try out and learn new games.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin • Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Souvenir deck from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin containing photographs from museum collections and archives on each card.

Bread & Honey • Thursday, November 12, 2015

A charming Victorian family card game involving Clowns, Queens, Kings, Maids and thirty-seven Blackbirds manufactured by Thos De la Rue, c.1900

Poker Nº 505 • Thursday, November 12, 2015

Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960

Spin & Old Maid • Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lovely Victorian family card game with illustrations by the famous humorous artist, cartoonist and illustrator Richard Doyle (1824-1883)

Cartes Imperiales et Royales • Wednesday, November 11, 2015

‘Cartes Imperiales et Royales’ published by B. P. Grimaud & Cie representing imperial rulers and consorts from Austria, England, France & Russia, mid-19th century

Stop Thief & Snip-Snap • Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Another late Victorian family card game by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1895 with beautifully illustrated period characters.

Moods & Faces • Monday, November 9, 2015

“Moods & Faces” round game by Thos de la Rue & Co Ltd,. c.1900

Cavalry Game • Sunday, November 8, 2015

The “Cavalry Game” manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1900-10

Gipsy Fortune Telling Cards • Wednesday, November 4, 2015

“Gipsy” fortune-telling cards with original artwork by Hylton Cock, published by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd., c.1910.

Tempest • Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tempest is a family card game designed by W. Heath Robinson and published by Thomas de la Rue & Co. Ltd, c.1920s

Archaeological find: old playing cards under the floorboards • Monday, November 2, 2015

The municipal archaeological service in Dordrecht (Netherlands) recently found some antique playing cards under the floorboards inside an old public bar.

Golliwogg, c.1902 • Sunday, November 1, 2015

The stories about the Golliwogg and the Dutch dolls were written by Bertha Upton (1849-1912) and illustrated by her daughter Florence Kate Upton (1873-1922)

October 2015

Shop Item  Tarjetas de la Felicidad • Saturday, October 31, 2015

“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” contain positive mental affirmations designed by Lauro Trevisan, a Brazilian priest, writer and proponent of Mind Power and Human Development

Non-standard deck by Maillard • Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Attractive deck by the Portuguese maker Maillard, c.1885 with scenic aces and German-style courts

Thomas Walters Transformation • Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hand-drawn transformation pack dated 1874 with the name Thomas Walters on the ace of spades.

Canadian National Railways • Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927. Every card is gilt edged, and carries a different photograph of Canada.

Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland Maritime Deck • Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dutch Maritime pack designed by J.Verhoeven and printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c1938

A Motley Pack • Monday, October 19, 2015

A book titled “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” by Garnet Walch (1843-1913) was published in Melbourne (Australia) and illustrated by George Gordon McCrae in 1875.

Vincenz Raimund Grüner 1809 • Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure • Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure playing cards promoting the ultimate hair perfection

Tarjetas de la Felicidad • Wednesday, October 14, 2015

“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001

Die Neue ÖVP • Monday, October 12, 2015

Promotional deck for the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) printed by Piatnik, 1996

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards • Monday, October 12, 2015

Deck featuring “18 Rock ‘n’ Pop” Superstars portrayed on the court cards and jokers by eight of Britain’s leading illustrators.

Blog Post   Announcing Ken Lodge’s Blog • Saturday, October 10, 2015

We're excited to announce that Ken Lodge, one of the foremost experts on the standard English pattern, is relocating his blog to the World of Playing Cards. From now onwards you will be able to enjoy Ken's insights and opinions here from Ken's new blog page.

Cartes à Jouer Espagnoles • Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cartes à Jouer Espagnoles Héron - Catalan pattern

Hand-Painted Transformation, c.1800-20 • Wednesday, October 7, 2015

An early 19th century set of hand-painted transformation playing cards depicting contemporary scenes from Georgian society

Blog Post   GoFishFriday playing cards designed and created by Daniel Campbell • Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GoFishFriday is a unique deck of playing cards designed and created in an offbeat and quirky horror-punk style by Catch Phrase Dan

Mas-Reynals Catalan Pattern • Monday, October 5, 2015

Mas-Reynals standard Catalan pattern comes in several slightly different versions

A Pair of Transformation Packs • Sunday, October 4, 2015

Two similar but fascinatingly different hand-drawn transformation decks by the same artist, c.1875

September 2015

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester • Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester (Glevum Brand) ‘Old Maid’ card game, 1920s

J. W. Spear and Sons: ‘Zoology’ • Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Quartet games with scientific illustrations became popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. J. W. Spear and Sons Zoology quartet game is a lesson in natural history.

Jacqueline Wilson Playing Cards • Wednesday, September 23, 2015

“Jacqueline Wilson” playing cards were illustrated by Nick Sharratt and published by Winning Moves UK Ltd in 2007

N.A.S.A. Aircraft • Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lessons of a Widowmaker and Other NASA Aircraft, c.2010

Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera • Monday, September 21, 2015

A very impressive deck of cards featuring 54 different images from “Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera” published by HCG Poker Productions, 2005

Empire Card Company: Star Playing Cards • Monday, September 21, 2015

The “Star” special pack of playing cards manufactured by Thomas De la Rue under their Empire Card Co subsidiary, c.1910

Grolsch Brewery • Sunday, September 20, 2015

A somewhat unusual deck specially designed for Grolsch Breweries evoking self-expression and independence of spirit, c.2012

Mercury One-2-One Situations • Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mercury ‘One-2-One Situations’ playing cards published by Mercury Communications

Secret Magic Cards • Monday, September 14, 2015

‘Secret Magic Cards’ published by Hanky Panky Toys Thailand Ltd., © World Magic International, 2006

Nu-Vue playing cards for TWA • Monday, September 14, 2015

Nu-Vue playing cards by Brown & Bigelow have novel courts and a special tint which are promoted as “the modern eye-saving concept in playing cards”

Ian Schrager Hotels • Saturday, September 12, 2015

Advertising/souvenir deck of cards associated with the Ian Schrager chain of luxury hotels

“Jeu de Bataille” • Saturday, September 12, 2015

“Jeu de Bataille” card game published by Éditions Willeb, Paris. The court cards represent characters from different nationalities or ethnic groups who are presumably engaged in battle

Willeb Cartes Piquet 502 • Saturday, September 12, 2015

Éditions Willeb Cartes à Jouer Piquet - Belote - Manille Laquées 502

Blog Post   Interview with Tom and Judy Dawson from 52 Plus Joker • Monday, September 7, 2015

Interview with Tom and Judy Dawson from 52 Plus Joker. Chatting about the history of playing cards, uses of cards and collecting.

Ainu culture • Friday, September 4, 2015

A terrific deck of cards made by Nintendo c.1979 with original designs on every card showing the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan.

“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir playing cards with 54 colour views of the archipelago

Film Fantasy • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pepys “Film Fantasy” card game based on MGM’s most popular 1939 film releases, issued just at the time when WW2 began

Pneumatic Series ‘F’ • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

De la Rue Pneumatic Series ‘F’ playing cards, c.1925

Rūfa • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Rūfa is a game designed by Ernest Legh and manufactured by De la Rue. The object is to build a pagoda with specially-designed cards without causing the building to collapse.

Olivia’s Lucky Ladies • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“Olivia’s Lucky Ladies” glamour model playing cards produced by Ozone Productions Ltd, USA, 2004

“Marine Lives of Maldives” • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Souvenir deck from The Maldives depicting marine life in the Indian Ocean

Malaysia Airlines • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Malaysian-made deck of cards produced for Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS)

Legendary Land’s End • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“Legendary Land’s End” deck by John Hinde showing photographic views of Land’s End, Cornwall (UK)

Van Genechten: Tobacco advertising • Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.

August 2015

Souvenir of Kos • Monday, August 31, 2015

Souvenir playing cards from the Greek island of Kos, published by Eurocard. Each card has a different scene, with many Greek and Roman antiquities and archaeological treasures.

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