Colourful “Baroque” costume deck by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1928, reflecting a bygone era of fashion.
Shown below is a later edition of “Baroque” No.2118 by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, 1977 in which the four Queens in particular show noteable differences.
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Rod Starling is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.
Also by Rod Starling
Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.
Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.
Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998.
Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.
Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989
Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.
Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.
Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
‘Seefahrers’ maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR.
Ukiyo-E deck for Sanyo Enterprise Co.
Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.
The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.
‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.
Bicycle Steampunk playing cards with Gothic artwork by Anne Stokes, 2015.
Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
“Renaissance” playing card designs by A I Charlemagne, 1862.
Bicycle Knights playing cards designed by Sam Hayles in 2018.
‘Friendly Felines’ playing cards designed by Azured Ox, 2017.
Gods of Egypt playing cards dedicated to the culture of Ancient Egypt.
Bicycle 808 Bourbon themed deck by US Playing Card Company 2017.
Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018.
“Kaiserkarte” first published by Schneider & Co in 1895-1897 for the Imperial Court.
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017.
Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010.
The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979.
My wife and I have recently commissioned a unique pair of stained glass windows for our home.