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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

007 Guns & Gadgets

“007 Guns & Gadgets” themed playing cards printed by Carta Mundi, 2005.

“007 Guns & Gadgets”

James Bond themed Poker size deck, which doubles as a Trump card game, featuring guns and gadgets from all 22 films with an original picture on every card along with random facts. This officially licensed 007 merchandise is perfect for Bond Nights, very versatile and also includes game rules for James Bond Black Jack, Poker, Trumps and Mission game. Printed by Carta Mundi in 2005.

“007 Guns & Gadgets” themed playing cards printed by Carta Mundi, 2005
“007 Guns & Gadgets” themed playing cards printed by Carta Mundi, 2005

Above: “007 Guns & Gadgets” themed playing cards printed by Carta Mundi, © (1974) Danjaq and UAC - © (2005) EON and Danjaq.

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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

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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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