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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.

Neapolitan Cards Italian Cards by Raffaele Iaccarino

A modern twist on a classic Italian style of playing cards, this pack created by Raffaele Iaccarino is typical set of the southern regions of Italy mixed with his own style of artwork.

A modern twist on a classic Italian style of playing cards, this pack created by Raffaele Iaccarino is typical set of the southern regions of Italy mixed with his own style of artwork.

Visit Raffaele's website to see more of his illustrations and playing cards.

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