Toy playing cards are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles, gifts and festive jokes. Christmas crackers were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. His sons developed the business and sourced a range of gifts including false teeth, rings, etc to put inside the crackers which became a popular Christmas tradition.
If you are lucky enough to find some playing cards in your cracker, they may look like these “Magic Poker Cards”;
This INT'L ace of spades is a very popular Chinese brand, for example souvenir decks produced for international airlines and other firms. The aces of spades comes with a variety of different Jokers. Additional research by Matt Probert.