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Mary Queen of Scots

Published July 05, 2018 Updated May 29, 2022

Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.

1990 Austria Scotland Piatnik Fashion & Costume Royalty Add to Collection

Luxury set depicting Scotland’s most famous Queen - Mary Queen of Scots, plus other Tudor period dignitaries, made by Piatnik 1990.

Mary Queen of Scots No 2173 by Piatnik, 1990

Above: Mary Queen of Scots No 2173 by Piatnik, 1990. From a double boxed set of 52 cards + 3 jokers each set. Standard Bridge size 89mm x 58mm. The reverse (red or blue) has a photo of a woven tapestry representing The House of Stuart.

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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.


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