January 2021

Sherlock Holmes • Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989

Splash Page Special • Sunday, January 17, 2021

Splash Page Special party card game.

Dundas & Wilson Deal Winners • Thursday, January 14, 2021

“Deal Winners” promotional pack for Dundas & Wilson law firm.

Martin Mystère • Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.

Asperge Kwartet • Friday, January 8, 2021

Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr.

My Goodness my Guinness • Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.

December 2020

Chinese Costumes • Sunday, December 27, 2020

Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.

Gilbert and Sullivan • Sunday, December 27, 2020

Gilbert and Sullivan deck created by Don Jack using artwork from Players cigarette cards.

Loriot Rummy • Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973.

Benedicte Morand-Bail • Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts

Kaffeehaus-Pikett • Monday, December 21, 2020

Kaffeehaus-Pikett featuring the old Viennese Large Crown pattern, made by ASS.

Hamm’s Beer • Friday, December 18, 2020

Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.

Victory • Wednesday, December 16, 2020

“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.

Bretagne • Monday, December 14, 2020

Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970.

Ethiopian • Friday, December 11, 2020

Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.

Sapra Studio Original • Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.

Seefahrers II • Monday, December 7, 2020

‘Seefahrers’ maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR.

Brazil Pictorial Aces • Saturday, December 5, 2020

Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.

Khanhoo • Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895.

November 2020

El Al Airlines • Friday, November 27, 2020

El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970.

Sanyo Ukiyo-E • Saturday, November 14, 2020

Ukiyo-E deck by Sanyo Enterprise Co.

Stationskwartetspel • Thursday, November 12, 2020

Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.

Natuurkwartet • Thursday, November 12, 2020

Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.

Dynastie Royale de Belgique • Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.

Year of the Child • Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.

Nationale-Nederlanden • Monday, November 9, 2020

Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.

Sprookjes Kwartet • Monday, November 9, 2020

Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.

Maya Deck • Sunday, November 8, 2020

The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.

Persian Miniatures • Friday, November 6, 2020

Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990.

Einhorn • Wednesday, November 4, 2020

‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986.

Investors Overseas Services • Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.

Renovation 2.000 • Sunday, November 1, 2020

Renovation 2.000 playing cards with special courts designed by Jean Hoffmann.

October 2020

Neerlands Glorie • Friday, October 30, 2020

Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945.

Verkeers Kwartet • Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Verkeers Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, 1965.

Scoop • Monday, October 26, 2020

Scoop by James Cond Ltd, 9 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, c.1920s.

Gibbs Happy Families • Saturday, October 17, 2020

Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.

Caleb Bartlett • Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40.

Electric Snap • Monday, October 12, 2020

Electric Snap by the South Wales Electricity Board, 1950s.

Jeu “Gerente” • Sunday, October 11, 2020

Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantasie” series.

Handmade Black Peter • Saturday, October 10, 2020

Handmade Black Peter cards.

French Revolution • Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.

Rainbow • Monday, October 5, 2020

Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.

Proverbs • Saturday, October 3, 2020

Proverbs by Norvic Mill, 1920s.

Happy Guides • Saturday, October 3, 2020

Happy Guides by James Brown & Son (Glasgow) Ltd. around 1910/1915.

September 2020

Beaver! • Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Game of Beaver designed by G E Studdy and published by John Waddington Ltd in 1927.

Blog Post   Why do we Collect? My 20 Favourite Items • Monday, September 28, 2020

I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall.

Fairy Snap • Thursday, September 24, 2020

Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.

Dickens Snap • Sunday, September 20, 2020

Dickens Snap, c.1890.

Playtex • Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.

Jeu du Moulin • Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Jeu du Moulin by Watilliaux, Paris.

Märchen-Quartett • Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960.

Jeu de Memoire • Saturday, September 5, 2020

Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.

Lever Brothers miniatures • Thursday, September 3, 2020

Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s.

Middle Ages • Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Middle Ages by Germano & Cª, (Litografia Maia),

August 2020

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen • Saturday, August 29, 2020

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.

Hungarian Drinking Skat • Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004.

Märchen-Quartett • Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Märchen-Quartett (Fairy Tales) illustrated by J. P. Werth and published by J. W. Spear & Söhne, c.1915.

One Penny Games • Tuesday, August 25, 2020

One Penny Card Games, 1920s.

Tell Wilmoś • Saturday, August 22, 2020

Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.

Heraldic playing cards • Saturday, August 22, 2020

Reproduction of Richard Blome’s Heraldic playing cards, 1684, presented to lady guests at WCMPC Summer Meeting in 1888.

Tonalamatl • Friday, August 14, 2020

Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.

Le Jeu de la Guerre • Thursday, August 13, 2020

Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ • Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ featuring Cow & Gate Baby Milk Food, 1935.

Menuette • Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Menuette published by Pepys Games, 1947.

Schwarzer Peter Der Wald und seine Leute • Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.

Märchenquartett • Monday, August 10, 2020

Fairy Tales quartet designed by Annemarie Gramberg, published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken AG, 1955.

Wie Wird das Wetter • Monday, August 10, 2020

Wie Wird das Wetter, a Black Peter game about the weather created by Gunter Eckhardt, published by Rudolf Forkel,1952.

July 2020

Naval and Military Families • Thursday, July 30, 2020

Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10.

Ups & Downs • Monday, July 27, 2020

Ups and Downs humorous card game published in UK by A. N. Myers, c.1885.

Avilude or Game of Birds • Sunday, July 26, 2020

Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.

Round the World Families • Monday, July 20, 2020

Round the World Families published by the London Missionary Society, c.1945.

Blue Brand Snap Up • Friday, July 17, 2020

Blue Brand Snap Up published by Van den Berghs probably late 1920s.

Mr Bok • Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s.

Inspector • Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Inspector card game published by W F Jackson & Sons, 1940s.

National Gallery (Dutch School) • Friday, July 10, 2020

National Gallery (Dutch School) published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1895.

Trades People Happy Families • Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Families card game depicting trades people from 1920s.

June 2020

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras • Monday, June 29, 2020

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras, published by Jeux et Jouets Français. Paris, early 1900s.

A Royal Game • Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.

Fancy Dress Ball • Sunday, June 21, 2020

Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.

Parkinson’s Happy Families • Friday, June 19, 2020

Parkinson’s Happy Families published by Parkinson’s of Doncaster, confectioners established in the early nineteenth century.

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! • Thursday, June 18, 2020

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939.

Leather Card Case Patent Application • Saturday, June 6, 2020

In 1932, a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards.

Spy • Friday, June 5, 2020

Spy card game published by Valentine’s Games, c.1915.

Corner Indices • Friday, June 5, 2020

Corner Indices

Sister Susie Snap • Thursday, June 4, 2020

Sister Susie Snap published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, c.1915.

Lobo • Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Lobo, the London Underground card game published by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, 1930s.

Blog Post   Patience Cards and their Boxes • Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.

April 2020

Flora • Thursday, April 30, 2020

‘Flora’ card game published by C.W. Faulkner, printed by Dondorf, 1903.

Capilettor • Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978.

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board • Saturday, April 18, 2020

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall.

Union Jack • Monday, April 13, 2020

Union Jack card game published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1897-1902.

Blog Post   Timothy Curtis Art • Sunday, April 12, 2020

Timothy Curtis Art custom Bicycle playing cards, 2018.

C.W.F Snap • Monday, April 6, 2020

C.W.F Snap, c.1902.

Who’s Who • Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Who’s Who or Food for Thought, a wartime card game, c.1939.

March 2020

Cefacidal / Mead Johnson • Thursday, March 26, 2020

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.

Baraja Carlos IV by Félix Solesio, 1800 • Saturday, March 21, 2020

Baraja Carlos IV, Félix Solesio en la Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya, 1800

Blog Post   Solitaired • Friday, March 20, 2020

As we are becoming separated from friends and families we worked with the Solitaired team to customize this game using traditional woodblock courts.

Wonderland Misfitz • Monday, March 9, 2020

Wonderland Misfitz by C.W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd, c.1908.

February 2020

Blog Post   Cigar Bands • Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.

Welsh Language Playing Cards • Monday, February 24, 2020

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

National Misfitz • Saturday, February 22, 2020

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

RCI Playing Cards • Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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

Fairy Legend Misfitz • Sunday, February 16, 2020

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

Bicycle Steampunk • Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud • Sunday, February 2, 2020

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.

January 2020

Domestic Economy • Friday, January 31, 2020

Domestic Economy published by Faulkner & Co, c.1899.

Misfitz • Saturday, January 25, 2020

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

World of Harry Potter • Saturday, January 18, 2020

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

Schwarzer Peter mit Hundebildern • Saturday, January 18, 2020

Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.

Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale • Thursday, January 16, 2020

Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

Many Folk Misfitz • Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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

Blog Post   Collecting Playing Cards by Jan Walls • Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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

Animal Misfitz • Monday, January 13, 2020

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

Final Fantasy VII • Sunday, January 12, 2020

Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game.

New Figures by A. I. Charlemagne, 1862 • Thursday, January 9, 2020

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

December 2019

Snap • Thursday, December 19, 2019

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

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