The Het Nest brewery began life in 2000 as a beer-tasting society, and over the years since it has become a recognised craft beer brewery. The co-owner and president of Het Nest, Bart Cuypers, is from Oud-Turnhout and since he and his partners live and brew in Turnhout, near the headquarters of Cartamundi, they decided to acknowledge one of the town’s main industries by naming their brews after playing cards: their first commercial brew was Schuppenboer (Jack of Spades), followed by Hertenheer (King of Hearts), then Schuppenaas (Ace of Spades), Kleveretien (Ten of Clubs), and finally Koekendam (Queen of Diamonds) to complete their main line of beers. See their website for illustrations.
A first cursory glance at the cards gives the impression that this is a standard Cartamundi pack. But look closely and you’ll see the court cards are all holding a glass of beer (same in each suit), and the aces have an enlarged decorative suit symbol. For some reason, presumably related to the Kleveretien brew, the ten of clubs is not a sold black but a more ornate design. The pip cards in the suits are otherwise all standard. There are two standard Cartamundi jokers. See the box►
Member since July 27, 2022
I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.
Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.
Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court...
“Don’t come back” playing cards produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offend...
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
Famous people associated with Nicolas Fouquet’s splendid château of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
Dinosaurs from different ages and locations, with artwork by Virginijus Poshkus.
‘Star Wars: a New Hope’ playing cards to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film Star Wars, USA, ...
A flicker pack with different backs, advertising the Saab 900 Convertible motor car.
Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue
National Railway Museum with drawings by Stuart Black, United Kingdom, 1993.
Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.
54 classic images from a bygone age of railway travel from the National Railway Museum, York.
Colourful card game featuring the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man and some of his fearsome advers...
Publicity pack for the Danish company, Velux, manufacturers of roof windows and skylights.
Art for Life playing cards illustrated by Francesc Artigau i Seguí for the British Red Cross, 2014. ...
Commedia dell’Carte political transformation cards illustrated by Stef van Stiphout, Belgium, 1977. ...
Rembrandt playing cards published by the Rembrandthuis (The Rembrandt House Museum) in Amsterdam. ...
54 black and white photographs of solo singers, duos and groups popular around 1990.
54 different paintings from the collection of the Guildhall Art Gallery, London.
‘Les Grands Ecrivains’ produced for members of “Le Grand Livre du Mois”, France, c. 1970.
Centenary playing cards illustrating vintage trucks and buses produced by the Swedish company Scania...
Original designs depicting leaders and allegories from Russia, France, Great Britain and Belgium.
54 humorous illustrations of Royal Navy characters and Navy slang.
Margaret Parrott playing cards decorated with whimsical parrots, USA, c. 1997.