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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.

Toy Story 3

Animated playing cards featuring full colour illustrations of the Toy Story 3 characters.

Toy Story 3

“Toy Story 3” playing cards are based on the American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995. These animated playing cards feature full colour illustrations of the favourite Toy Story 3 characters in a matching tuck box.

Above: “Toy Story 3” playing cards ©Disney/Pixar Slinky® Dog. Images Matt Probert.

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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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