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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.

Hot Sauce Playing Cards

Each card shows an image of a bottle of hot Chilli Sauce (spelt 'chile' on the cards), a map of where the product is made, a heat gauge (see top left), plus amusing notes and information about the particular sauce.

The Chilehead tells you how hot each product is The World of Playing Cards Hot Sauce Playing Cards - Collector's Series Decks

Hot Sauce Playing Cards… a series of four different collector's decks for the gourmet.

"I developed and designed the cards personally with the assistance of some good California Chardonnay and/or Cabernet Sauvignon throughout the process. It was (and remains) my intention to use the playing cards as a fun way to get information about hot sauces to the public, and as an effective advertising medium for the various makers."

Frank Mulligan, designer and marketing director
Firefood Specialities, Ltd
392 Coogan Way
El Cajon
CA 92020, USA.

Right: The original 'HOT SAUCE' deck, 1st in the series.

Each card shows an image of a bottle of hot Chilli Sauce (spelt 'chile' on the cards), a map of where the product is made, a heat gauge (see top left), plus amusing notes and information about the particular sauce, including manufacturer's phone numbers and website addresses.

52 cards + 2 jokers + extra card in cellowrapped tuckbox. Manufactured by: PAULSON GAMING SUPPLIES of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Original Hot Sauce Cards
Chile Chuckles… they'll Keep you laughing while you enjoy your favorite card games Left: The 'CHILE CHUCKLES' deck, 2nd in the series.

Each card shows an image of a bottle of Hot Sauce, a map of where the product is made, A 'FUN-LOVING' tortilla chip cartoon (see right) indicating strength, plus amusing notes and information about the particular sauce, including manufacturer's phone numbers and website addresses.

52 cards + 2 jokers + extra card in cellowrapped tuckbox. Manufactured by: PAULSON GAMING SUPPLIES of Las Vegas, Nevada.

COMING SOON… "Let's Barbecue!", consisting of all barbecue products, and finally "The Winner's Circle", which will consist of exclusively National Award winners.
"Hot Sauce Playing Cards"TM is a registered trademark of Firefood Specialities, Ltd, El Cajon, CA 92020 U.S.A. All rights reserved.
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