I collected playing cards when I was in primary school. I remember when I got my pocket money every Friday I would run to G J Coles store in Ashburton and buy cards for my collection. Then, what happens with a lot of young girls, my focus on life changed, and my interest in playing card collecting waned for many years, through my teens, early work life, marriage and children.
In the early 1980s with my family growing up and developing their own interests, I began to feel the need to develop an activity that I could immerse myself in. One day when cleaning out one of my cupboards I came across a small shoe box with my childhood cards from primary school, and that box has now turned into a room full, well, several rooms.
I enjoy sharing my collection and knowledge with all collectors. With Peg Black and Barb Lunaburg in the USA I help compile catalogues via email for the use of playing card collectors. Each catalogue takes one year or thereabouts to complete.
My singles playing card collection consists of many categories from Antique Square corners to Disney, Railroad, Shipping, Jokers, Worshipfuls and many more.
Antique Square Cornered Singles
The kid in me still likes Disney cards.
The pride of my collection is my Australian collection - it is the history of Australian produced cards. I collect them by manufacturers, most of which no longer exist.
Sands & McDougall
Porcelain & China
I also like collect china with themes relating to playing cards and porcelain playing card boxes that have a double deck to match the design on the boxes.
I am forever working on my collection and searching ebay for new cards for my collection and looking on the internet to help me identify the manufacturer, history, age, artist, etc. as I like to learn more about the cards I collect.
I love all cards.
Fifty-five rare stamps of the world in full colour, published jointly by David Feldman SA of Switzerland and Tower Philatelic, USA, 2001.
Luxury packs of cards have been produced since the 15th century, a trend that is very popular among collectors today.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating.
Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.
We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Anthony Rex Pitts (1940-2021).
I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall.
Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.
Case Study: using detective work to identify and date a pack discovered in charity shop.
Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.
I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls.
This is an archive list of my collection. I hope it will be of use and interest to others.
“Is Card Collecting an Investment?” - an article by Rod Starling.
A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.
Billabong Dual Deck by Hudson Industries, 1950s.
Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.
“A Look Back with Hope for the Future” by Rod Starling
Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.
Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987.
Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015.
Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson
Vizaĝo playing cards created by Annette Abolins, 2017.
Advertising backs by William Detmold Ltd (Australia) c.1910-1920s.
A brief look at the number cards used in standard English packs.
Nine Lives Playing Cards designed by Annette Abolins, 2016
Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013.
Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish
A brief survey of some of the current variation in the standard English pattern.
A detailed presentation of the variants of De La Rue's standard cards.
A book titled “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” by Garnet Walch (1843-1913) was published in Melbourne (Australia) and illustrated by George Gordon McCrae in 1875.
Interview with Tom and Judy Dawson from 52 Plus Joker. Chatting about the history of playing cards, uses of cards and collecting.
A collection of antique and vintage Cribbage Boards by Tony Hall
Lonely Planet Playing Cards feature amazing images from all over the globe
Flinders playing cards manufactured by Hudson Industries Pty Ltd (Australia).
Two early makers, Thomas and Sands & McDougall, used courts copied from those of the New York Consolidated Card Co.
Hudson Industries Pty Ltd of Carlton in Victoria was first registered as a printing company in 1920. In the 1940s they registered their own distinctive ace of spades and joker.
Formerly part of Singapore National Printers (SNP), the company went into receivership in April 2008.
Spicer & Detmold (1922-48) produced a lot of pictorial back designs. Most decks with picture backs were printed in 4 colours.
Sands & McDougall produced many beautiful Spade Aces and Jokers.
Sands & McDougall, playing card manufacturers, Melbourne, late 1890s-c.1970.