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Gironda

Lithuanian ‘Gironda’ Political Playing Cards

36 cards + 2 jokers designed and made in Lithuania for Gironda GmbH, 2001.

Since regaining independence in 1990, Lithuania has made remarkable progress in terms of both its transformation to the democratic market economy and its advancement towards greater human development. Lithuania's boom years came to a sudden end in 2008, and after two decades of capitalism, the country became one of the biggest victims of the global economic crisis.

Lithuanian Political playing cards, 2001

Above: 8 cards and two jokers from the 'Gironda' pack, showing eminent statesmen and politicians from Lithuania from the 1990s. The cards are designed in a lively hand-drawn pen and wash style, with digital enhancements. The cards are plastic coated and manufactured to a high overall standard, with perfectly rounded corners, and with an interesting back design which is also printed on the box.

Albinas says: “About card's history in Lithuania - there is very little information. I know of only 5 other Lithuanian packs since 1990. Most of the older packs, were destroyed in the war. About old cards (till 1940) - there are only 6 packs I know of in Lithuania which, of course, are very scarce. There are very little collectors of the playing cards by us. Maybe - only 3-5 persons. They have from 50 till 250 card decks in their collections. And there is now very bad economical situation in Lithuania…”

Last Updated August 01, 2015 at 04:05pm

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