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June 2019

Hand Drawn Joker Pack • Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Pack of 52 hand-drawn Jokers.

Gundlach Skat No.100 • Monday, June 24, 2019

Skat No.100 by E. Gundlach, Bielefeld, 1949.

Blog Post   Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards • Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards with two different coloured backs, 2019.

Ravi Varma Press • Friday, June 21, 2019

Ravi Varma Press, Bombay, India, c.1910.

May 2019

Shop Item  Baraja Catalana • Friday, May 31, 2019

‘Baraja Catalana’ playing cards published by Varitemas (Mas-Reynals Naipes).

The Deck of Cards • Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979

On The Cards • Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.

Les Géants d’un Mythe • Saturday, May 11, 2019

Les Géants d'un Mythe created by François Poulain and manufactured by Grimaud, 1983.

Boxing Greats • Saturday, May 11, 2019

Boxing Greats published by KickarseCards, a compilation of boxing icons in history.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! • Friday, May 10, 2019

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! promotional playing cards, 1997.

Hendrick’s Gin • Friday, May 3, 2019

Nice advertising deck for Hendrick’s Gin, c.2015.

April 2019

Greenpeace • Thursday, April 18, 2019

Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins.

Shop Item  Jewish Quartet Game • Monday, April 1, 2019

A Jewish Quartet Game, probably manufactured by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1950. Printed in black and red, with a blue six-pointed star motif on the reverse.

Shop Item  River Plate football cartoon deck • Monday, April 1, 2019

“River Plate Para Siempre” football club cartoon playing cards, c.2004.

March 2019

Shop Item  Heraclio Fournier letterhead with invoice, 1958 • Sunday, March 31, 2019

Heraclio Fournier letterhead with invoice, 1958

Shop Item  Hijos de Heraclio Fournier letterhead with invoice, 1951 • Sunday, March 31, 2019

Hijos de Heraclio Fournier letterhead with invoice, 1951

Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale • Thursday, March 28, 2019

Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

HOLIDAY COTTAGE FOR RENT • Thursday, March 28, 2019

My wife and I have recently started to offer a holiday cottage for rent.

Shop Item  Stanley Gibbons playing card catalogue c.1978 • Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Old Stanley Gibbons illustrated playing card catalogue c.1978

Shop Item  Bestobell Workmates by Jarvis Porter Ltd, c.1970 • Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Atlantic Playing Card & Match Co salesman’s business card and 67 samples 1950s

66: Adverts and related material 1862-1900 • Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Some further material relating to cards from nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals

67: Adverts and related material after 1900 • Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The final page of material relating to playing cards from British periodicals.

Tyrolean Playing Cards • Monday, March 25, 2019

Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire • Sunday, March 24, 2019

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005.

Views of New Zealand • Friday, March 22, 2019

Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.

Shop Item  Bodegas Trapiche Día del Amigo, 2003 • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Bodegas Trapiche Día del Amigo, 2003

Shop Item  Commonwealth Games 1986 • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Deck with special Ace of Spades for the XIII Commonwealth Games, 1986

Shop Item  Naipes El León • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Naipes 'El León' made in Mexico by Clemente Jacques y Cia., c.1950

Shop Item  Naipes Argentinos ‘Aparcero’ • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Naipes Argentinos ‘Aparcero’ published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos for Sancor Seguros, 2007

Shop Item  ‘Creciendo Seguros’ road safety awareness playing cards • Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘Creciendo Seguros’ road safety awareness playing cards sponsored by Chevrolet, Argentina, 2006.

Shop Item  B1A4 Korean Pop Group playing cards • Thursday, March 21, 2019

B1A4 Korean Pop Group playing cards

Shop Item  Spanish Playing Card Lottery Tickets • Thursday, March 21, 2019

​16 Spanish O.N.C.E. National Lottery Coupons featuring Fournier's Baraja Iberoamericana playing cards, 2002

Shop Item  Bodegas Trapiche • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Playing Cards promoting wine produced for Bodegas Trapiche, Argentina, 1998

Shop Item  Yetatore • Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘Yetatore’ card game, Argentina, 1968

Shop Item  Pomorski Poker • Thursday, March 21, 2019

​Pomorski Poker (Pomeranian Poker) published by KZWP-Trefl, c.2003

Shop Item  Naipes Gauchescos • Thursday, March 21, 2019

“Naipes Gauchescos Argentinos”, 2004

Shop Item  Waddington’s 1976 calendar pack • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Waddington’s 1976 Calendar pack with calendar for different week on each reverse.

Shop Item  Piñón Fijo • Thursday, March 21, 2019

“Piñón Fijo” playing cards with photos of clown on each card, Argentina c.1990

Shop Item  Spectrum World Tour Quiz for Finnair • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spectrum World Tour Quiz is a card game published by Tactic Group for Finnair

Shop Item  Astra Games: B.T. Phone Cards • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Astra Games for British Telecom Phone Cards, c.1985

Shop Item  Yerba Armiño • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spanish-suited playing cards for Yerba Armiño, Uruguay, 2006

Shop Item  Marfil 1ª, Hija de B. Fournier, c.1945 • Thursday, March 21, 2019

'Marfil 1ª' playing cards by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos for export to Argentina, c.1945.

Shop Item  Smash Hits! Pop Stars • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Smash Hits! Pop Stars Top Trumps, 2001

Shop Item  Kellogg’s Breakfast Game • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast card game manufactured for Kellogg Company, Manchester, ©1997

Shop Item  Chad Valley ‘Snap’ • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Chad Valley ‘Snap’ card game designed by Linda Edgerton, c.1925

Shop Item  Sports Tops and Tails • Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘Sports Tops and Tails’ No.290 card game by Piatnik, 1950s

Shop Item  Box for Playing Cards • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Vintage wooden box for holding 2 packs of playing cards, c.1950

Shop Item  Naipes ‘Ancla’ • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Naipes ‘Ancla’ made by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana S.A., c.1980

Shop Item  Mah Jong cards • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mah Jong cards made in Shanghai, China

Shop Item  Atlas Lighting Products, c.1971 • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Atlas Lighting Products, c.1971

Shop Item  Jaques’ Snap • Thursday, March 21, 2019

35 assorted cards from early editions of Jaques’ Snap, 1870-1880

Shop Item  John Jaques & Son • Thursday, March 21, 2019

John Jaques & Son advertising pack made in East Germany by Altenburger Spielkarten Fabrik, c.1980s

Shop Item  Greek Playing Cards • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Greek Playing Cards with photos of the most beautiful Greek places published by Dimitri Haïtalis, Athens, c.1980.

Shop Item  Barlo Boilers • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Unopened deck manufactured by Astra Games (UK) for Barlo Boilers, c.1985

Shop Item  Maruxa razor blades • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hijos de Heraclio Fournier No.15 Castilian pattern for Maruẍa razor blades, c.1935

Shop Item  Old Smuggler Whisky • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Old Smuggler Whisky playing cards manufactured in Argentina, 2004.

Shop Item  El Reloj card game from Peru • Thursday, March 21, 2019

“El Reloj” card game printed by Imprenta Lecaros, Avenida Abancay 764, Lima, Peru, c.1920

Shop Item  Ovaltine Vocabulary Cards • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thai Children’s Colour Vocabulary Cards promoting Ovaltine Smart chocolate drink, 2016

Shop Item  KR Mahjong cards • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Chinese KR brand Mahjong card set, manufactured by Qingyuan Wan Qi Poker Products Co., Ltd

Shop Item  UNO Indonesian edition, 2011 • Thursday, March 21, 2019

UNO Indonesian edition, licensed by Mattel for sale in Thailand, etc, 2011

Shop Item  Fernet Capri • Thursday, March 21, 2019

La Española Classic pattern for "Fernet Capri", 2006.

Shop Item  Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals, c.1998 • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals - Accupril & Lipitor, c.1998

Shop Item  Carlos V • Thursday, March 21, 2019

“Carlos Vº” Catalan pattern by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, 1980s

Shop Item  Copri Correo Privado, 2000 • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Non-standard Uruguayan playing cards designed by Alvaros with advertising backs for Copri Correo Privado, 2000

Shop Item  Amanco • Thursday, March 21, 2019

La Española Classic pattern small size for "Amanco", 2005.

Shop Item  Worshipful 1966 900th Anniversary Westminster Abbey • Thursday, March 21, 2019

Worshipful Company 900th Anniversary Westminster Abbey, 1966.

Shop Item  Pepys BRITISH TOWNS card game • Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thai Pai playing cards made in Bangkok

Shop Item  Sebastian Comas y Ricart 4 single cards • Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sebastian Comas y Ricart 4 single cards, c.1910

Shop Item  Hija de A. Comas “El Ciervo” Spanish Catalan pattern, c.1930 • Wednesday, March 20, 2019

​Hija de A. Comas “El Ciervo” Spanish Catalan pattern, c.1930.

New Zealand Souvenir • Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.

The Four Worlds • Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Four Worlds playing cards by artist Aleksey Zhiryakov in the stylistic traditions of Palekh, 2018.

65: Adverts and related documents 1684-1877 • Sunday, March 10, 2019

Here are a few early advertisements relating to cards from newspapers 1684-1759 and a number of later 19th century documents of interest.

Billabong playing cards • Sunday, March 10, 2019

Billabong Dual Deck by Hudson Industries, 1950s.

Blog Post   Chinese Jokers • Sunday, March 3, 2019

Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.

February 2019

Gunfighters • Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Gunfighters playing cards from the Wild West Series by SPCC, 2018.

Blog Post   Timothy Curtis Art • Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Timothy Curtis Art custom Bicycle playing cards, 2018.

Atouts de la Vie • Friday, February 8, 2019

“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.

Prisoners of War • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hand-made playing cards by French prisoners of war in Porchester Castle, Hampshire, c.1796.

64: The descendants of the French regional patterns: 2 • Sunday, February 3, 2019

A continuation of the development of the off-spring of the Paris patterns and a few examples of how the French regional figures have inspired modern designers.

January 2019

Ken McCarthy • Tuesday, January 22, 2019

An unknown deck by Ken McCarthy, c.2018.

63: The descendants of the French regional patterns: 1 • Friday, January 4, 2019

A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.

December 2018

Pantheon or Heathen Mythology • Monday, December 31, 2018

Pantheon or Heathen Mythology cards for instruction of youth, c.1770.

62: French regional patterns: the queens and jacks • Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.

Transformation Cards for Christmas • Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.

Blog Post   A Look Back with Hope for the Future • Monday, December 17, 2018

“A Look Back with Hope for the Future” by Rod Starling

61: French regional patterns: the kings • Tuesday, December 11, 2018

On page 11 I illustrated several examples of the regional French patterns from Sylvia Mann's collection; this is a more in-depth look at the figures of these patterns ("portraits" in French).

Ocean to Ocean Canada Souvenir • Monday, December 10, 2018

“Ocean to Ocean” Canadian Pictorial Souvenir pack by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1912.

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada, c.1905 • Monday, December 10, 2018

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905.

Blog Post   Iohann Christoph Hes Tarot c.1750 • Sunday, December 9, 2018

Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750.

Shop Item  Mini Trump Card key ring • Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mini Trump Card key ring playing cards, published by Popcorn Co. Ltd, made in China, 2011

November 2018

Characters of “The Water Margin” • Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克.

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne • Monday, November 26, 2018

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne

Blog Post   Kalevala • Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money • Saturday, November 3, 2018

Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.

October 2018

Hearts of London • Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hearts of London for British Heart Foundation 2009.

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