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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Cigar Bands Blog Post

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 26, 2020 at 12:21pm

A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards. Read more →

Welsh Language Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 24, 2020 at 07:49pm

Welsh Language Playing Cards designed by Richard Ruston-Burgess, made in Wales, 2020. Read more →

National Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 22, 2020 at 10:43am

National Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co c.1900. Read more →

RCI Playing Cards

Posted by Michael Cooper •  February 18, 2020 at 03:55pm

RCI Playing Cards, a 20th century playing-card maker of Minneapolis, 1969-1985. Read more →

Fairy Legend Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 16, 2020 at 06:59pm

Fairy Legend Misfitz published by C W Faulkner & Co Ltd, c.1908. Read more →

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 →


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 →

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