‘Sports Tops and Tails’ No.290 designed by Willy Mayrl manufactured by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1950s. The game comprises 48 cards forming 24 complete comical pictures which can be paired in hundreds of different combinations. Several companion games were also produced featuring animals or costumes, as nos 288 & 289 based on the same idea. The rules for the game are printed on the back of the box►
Visual artist Willy Mayrl (born 1915) was responsible for the artistic design of Piatnik’s playing cards for decades and also made a name for himself as a children’s book illustrator and landscape and portrait painter.
Member since February 01, 1996
Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.
Dondorf Jägerkarte Nr. 465 playing cards dedicated to the theme of hunting, c.1930.
Katie Abey’s rainbow-coloured designs using crazy animals to convey motivating phrases.
Commemorative Olympic Playing Cards produced by Waddingtons exclusively for Stanley Gibbons Antiquar...
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Two very remarkable tarots by the award winning Dutch cartoonist Marcel Ruijters.
Characters and scenes from the Disney film of the same name, on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Centennial Olympic Games playing cards celebrating the centenary of the modern Olympic Games, 1896-1...
Featuring Disney Princesses and Enchanting Tales in two sizes of pack made for Eastern Europe.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney characters on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Traditional Italian card game with comic designs by Benito Jacovitti.
Royal Hawaiian playing cards published by the Royal Hawaiian Playing Card Company, Honolulu.
Bicycle Negro League Baseball Museum souvenir playing cards, USA, 2012.
A celebration of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, politicians and poets.
Conventional Lenormand designs on a pack from Piatnik but with unconventional numbering.
Hoyle’s name is associated with the rules by which many games are played, particularly card games B...
Cyclists from the Domex-Weinmann team who took part in the 1989 Tour de France.
Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769) was an English writer who made his name by writing on whist and a selection...
Mountains, flowers, animals, tourist sites of the Pyrenees, all drawn by the artist Pertuzé.
Colourful card game featuring the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man and some of his fearsome advers...
Cowboys and American Indians on a pack for Neiman Marcus, the Dallas department store.
Museo del Prado: Pintores y familias reales / Painters and royal families playing cards.
Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.
Photos of American football players representing the University of Alabama in 1972.
‘Scarfes Bar’ satirical playing cards with cartoons by Gerald Scarfe, United Kingdom.
Facts, figures, stories and scandals about the 1906 Earthquake published by the Golden Gate National...