These magnificent playing cards stem from at least 30 years of research a lavish showcase of superb photography, artwork and personal revelations both educational and entertaining."Freedom is a natural, basic, element that provides us with a foundation for motivating ourselves to explore our souls and the beautiful relationships we can have with each other." [Laurence Cherniak, 1998]
There is an underlying element of subtle humour in these playing cards gently questioning the issue of legality. The cards are collages of various images, merged together with vibrant and colourful patterns. The suit signs and pips are gold-edged. Overall, a superb piece of work. The more you look the more you'll see, and in the "History & Memoirs" there's also some fun stuff
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.
Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.
A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.
Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards with two different coloured backs, 2019.
Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750.
Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.
Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890.
Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.
Vizaĝo playing cards created by Annette Abolins, 2017.
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960.
Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930.
Divine Art Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba & Guru Playing Card Company, 2016.
Double pack commemorating the 200th anniversary of W.D & H.O. Wills Ltd, 1786 - 1986.
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
A colourful version of the Spanish Catalan pattern from Colombia, with a crowing cockerel on the 4 of cups.
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.
Sunish Chabba is working on an initiative to revive traditional Ganjifa, the card game most popular 17th Century India.
Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940
‘Dogs’ playing cards showcases 52 canine portraits in four suits as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by Chet Phillips, 2016
“Four Point” playing cards, a labour of love designed and illustrated by Ben Vierck, 2014
Matt Hessler’s “Enhanced” four-colour playing cards, 2015.
“Game of Thrones” playing cards are an official fan deck associated with the HBO adaptation of the books by George R.R. Martin.
Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s.
The Hoyle® Official Card Games Collection 2015 includes plenty of favourites, and also includes the official rules for the games as well as tips and strategies, allowing you to easily try out and learn new games.
GoFishFriday is a unique deck of playing cards designed and created in an offbeat and quirky horror-punk style by Catch Phrase Dan
Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.
Miniature playing cards advertising "Perma" smoking-related products featuring the "Perma Girl" on the backs and Joker.
“Revelation” playing cards illustrated by Michael Messer
The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s
Poker Faces playing cards were illustrated by Alex Elsen and published by Verlag Um Die Ecke, Germany, 2015
“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin, with artwork by Ortuño, illustrates memorable people from the discovery, colonisation and subsequent liberation of Hispanic America
Ordnance Recognition Playing Cards cards designed to help people at risk from unexploded bombs
2nd edition of Lumberjacks designed by Vadim Smolenskiy and manufactured by U.S.P.C.C.
John Player Special non-standard playing cards created by the illustrator Nick Price, 1987
Celtic myth playing cards inspired by the rich Celtic pantheon of mythological Gods, Goddesses, and heroes
The images for the cards were inspired by the typical passengers who traveled in luxury style in the 1920s and 30s.