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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.

Brussels Euro Joker Club 1998

Brussels Euro Joker Club's 10th Anniversary deck, with artwork by Yvette Cleuter, was produced in a limited, signed and numbered edition of 400 copies.

Brussels Euro Joker Club's exciting 10th Anniversary deck, with artwork by Yvette Cleuter, was produced in a limited, signed and numbered edition of 400 copies. The beautiful and intricate artwork was done in pencil and includes animals with human characteristics, sometimes endearing. The Brussels Euro Joker Club was founded in 1988 but sadly had its last meeting in November 2011.

Brussels Euro Joker Club's 10th Anniversary deck with artwork by Yvette Cleuter

Above: 10th Anniversary deck for 1998 with artwork by Yvette Cleuter, whose signature appears on the title card and also can be seen on the cards themselves. Limited and numbered edition of 400 copies. 52 cards + 1 numbered and signed card, 2 jokers, 1 extra joker and 2 blank cards. Images courtesy Barney Townshend.

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