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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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Snap

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 19, 2019 at 03:13pm

Snap card game published in UK by Globe (Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher), late 19th century. Read more →

Questions and Answers

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 19, 2019 at 12:30pm

Questions and Answers card game by Globe Series, c.1900. Read more →

Vanity Fair

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 21, 2019 at 05:34pm

Vanity Fair No.41 Playing Cards by the United States Playing Card Co, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed. Read more →

Golly Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 21, 2019 at 12:06pm

Golly Misfitz from c1905. Read more →

Bicycle Knights

Posted by Matt Probert •  November 20, 2019 at 11:31am

Bicycle Knights playing cards designed by Sam Hayles in 2018. Read more →

Squared Faro #366

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 14, 2019 at 10:29am

Squared Faro #366 by Russell & Morgan Co. first issued in 1887. Read more →

Period Pieces

Posted by Matt Probert •  November 12, 2019 at 07:09pm

National Trust Period Pieces Antiques Game produced in 1976 by Dinosaur Publications. Read more →

Is Card Collecting an Investment? Blog Post

Posted by Rod Starling •  October 12, 2019 at 08:16pm

“Is Card Collecting an Investment?” - an article by Rod Starling. Read more →

Crown the Queen

Posted by Matt Probert •  October 08, 2019 at 09:21am

Crown the Queen card game invented by Elaine Burton, c.1953. Read more →

Aesop’s Fables

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 26, 2019 at 03:46pm

Aesop’s Fables playing cards by I. Kirk, c.1759. Read more →

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