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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. Their popularity is undoubtedy due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Bicycle Steampunk

Posted by Matt Probert •  February 11, 2020 at 11:12am

Bicycle Steampunk playing cards with Gothic artwork by Anne Stokes, 2015. Read more →

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud

Posted by Felipe da Silveira •  February 02, 2020 at 03:52pm

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay. Read more →

Domestic Economy

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 31, 2020 at 05:55pm

Domestic Economy published by Faulkner & Co, c.1899. Read more →

Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 25, 2020 at 03:20pm

The very first ‘Misfitz’ game published by C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1898. Read more →

World of Harry Potter

Posted by Matt Probert •  January 18, 2020 at 08:09pm

World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019. Read more →

Many Folk Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 15, 2020 at 08:39pm

Many Folk Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1906. Read more →

Collecting Playing Cards with Jan Walls Blog Post

Posted by Jan Walls •  January 14, 2020 at 02:06pm

I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls. Read more →

Animal Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 13, 2020 at 02:48pm

Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900. Read more →

Final Fantasy VII

Posted by Matt Probert •  January 12, 2020 at 07:54pm

Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game. Read more →

New Figures by A. I. Charlemagne, 1862

Posted by Valentin Zadunaisky •  January 09, 2020 at 09:09pm

“Renaissance” playing card designs by A I Charlemagne, 1862. Read more →

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