Deluxe Limited Edition Circus Transformation Deck designed by F. Robert Schick, 1988
In 1804, J.C. Cotta, a publisher and bookseller in Tübingen, Germany, produced the first set of transformation cards that was published as an actual deck of playing cards.
Transformation playing cards designed by the illustrator, comic artist and stage designer ‘Alfred Crowquill’ (Alfred Henry Forrester, 1804-72), printed by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
The English Playing Card Society's 10th Anniversary Transformation Playing Cards designed and produced by Karl Gerich, 1993
Vanity Fair Transformation Playing Cards No.41 published by the United States Playing Card Company, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed.
A series of four decks designed by John Littleboy. The pip cards in each deck have been transformed from the standard positions into a sequence of images which tell a story.
From Empresses to King Cats and One-Eyed Jacks, every game is a pageant of unforgettable cats, each with a story to tell...
Pack of Dogs. Every card tells a story...
Mermaid Queen playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008
First published by S & J Fuller, Rathbone Place, London, September 1st 1811. This Nixon-Fuller deck was the first English deck now commonly known as transformation playing cards - the first use of the term "transformation".
Renaissance Playing Cards by Maxim Hurwicz, showing 54 different drawings spanning the years 1066 to 1400.
Transformation playing cards, first published in 1811, in which each card bears a picture in which the suit marks are concealed within the design. It is supposed that this artistic exercise began as a late 18th century parlour game.
Transformation Playing Cards are those in which the pip cards have been integrated into an overall design. The pips must retain their traditional position and shape, so it is sometimes difficult to create a good design.