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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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Souvenir from Zakynthos

Posted by Matt Probert •  September 25, 2019 at 08:45pm

Souvenir from Zakynthos by Euro Card Read more →

Friendly Felines

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 25, 2019 at 08:18pm

‘Friendly Felines’ playing cards designed by Azured Ox, 2017. Read more →

Gods of Egypt

Posted by Matt Probert •  September 25, 2019 at 04:00pm

Gods of Egypt playing cards dedicated to the culture of Ancient Egypt. Read more →

Bicycle Cybertech

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 25, 2019 at 02:29pm

Bicycle Cybertech playing cards inspired by cyberpunk genre, illustrated by Jamie Meza, 2019. Read more →

Bicycle 808 Bourbon

Posted by Matt Probert •  September 24, 2019 at 11:33am

Bicycle 808 Bourbon themed deck by US Playing Card Company 2017. Read more →

Nursery Rhymes Misfitz

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 23, 2019 at 05:20pm

Nursery Rhymes Misfitz by C. W. Faulkner & Co,, c.1900. Read more →

Alice in Wonderland

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 20, 2019 at 12:08pm

Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018. Read more →

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 →

Kaiserkarte

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 →

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