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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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National Geographic Nature

Posted by Matt Probert •  September 10, 2019 at 08:53pm

National Geographic Nature playing cards, 2006. Read more →

Fungi Mycological Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 09, 2019 at 11:49am

Mystic Mushrooms Playing Cards, 2018. Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 01, 2019 at 12:52pm

“Kaiserkarte” first published by Schneider & Co in 1895-1897 for the Imperial Court. Read more →

Tease Me

Posted by Matt Probert •  August 25, 2019 at 12:57pm

‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack. Read more →

Egyptian Tarot

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 21, 2019 at 05:20pm

Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980. Read more →


Posted by Rex Pitts •  August 20, 2019 at 11:32am

Gerrymanders by Globe Series of Games, c.1900. Read more →

Happy Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  August 19, 2019 at 05:33pm

Happy Families published by Globe Series, c.1900. Read more →

Naipes Criollos

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 18, 2019 at 08:19pm

“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995. Read more →

Souvenir of Norway

Posted by Matt Probert •  August 16, 2019 at 11:06am

Souvenir of Norway deck. Read more →

Naipes Cardón

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 12, 2019 at 02:27pm

Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002. Read more →

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