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Published November 01, 2019 Updated March 17, 2022

69: My Collection

This is an archive list of my collection. I hope it will be of use and interest to others.

United Kingdom Collecting

I thought it might be helpful to other collectors to have an archived version of the catalogue of my collection with illustrations to aid identification and dating. It will only be for standard English cards, but this covers a huge variety of designs and in some cases strange adaptations of the traditional figures. To keep descriptions to a minimum and to avoid uninteresting repetition, I shall not always refer to some basic features of many of the packs, in particular, standard ASs and jokers and back designs, unless they are of particular interest. I will illustrate a design by Owen Jones, but not always the backs of De La Rue Crown packs or Waddington's No.1, as they tend to be from a restricted range of single-colour designs. Boxes I may show, again if they are of particular interest. There won't be room to illustrate all the courts of every pack, but I'll choose the most significant ones, for instance to show whether there are six turned courts or not. The reference numbers of the designs are those of my books: The standard English pattern (reprint, 2016) and The British playing card industry 1600-2000: the makers and their products (2017). Any cards marked with an asterisk in the descriptions are missing.

It's a sad fact that most collections have disappeared without any preserved catalogue when their owners have died or given up collecting. The individual items are sold off piecemeal, so it becomes difficult to produce anything after the event. Sylvia Mann's collection is a case in point. Luckily, Paul Bostock has had the forethought to upload (nearly) all his collection onto his website, so collectors can use the resource for their own purposes. So, maybe this present list will be useful in the future.

In the hope that it will be more user-friendly than a simple numerical list, I list the items by maker. In cases where I have few packs by one maker, I list by country of origin. The lists will be as below. Each list is linked to this page in a pdf format, in the same way as the Owen Jones pages were. In some cases there is a link on the appropriate blog page. Individual lists will be updated from time to time, either on the original list or on the Miscellaneous page.

American PCC/Caterson & Brotz/Western/Whitman: click here

Anderson/Porterprint/Jarvis Porter: click here

Australian miscellaneous: click here[Please note that the anonymous AS listed under item 1420 and its beer advert back are not Australian and are correctly listed under New Zealand.]

Austrian/Bohemian/Croatian/Czech/Finnish/Hungarian/Polish/Russian miscellaneous: click here

American miscellaneous: click here

ASS (West & East)/Altenburger/VSS: click here

Belgian miscellaneous: click here

Biermans/Brepols: click here

Blanchard/Gibson/Hunt/Bancks: click here

British Playing Cards/Universal/Alf Cooke: click here

Brotherton/Whitaker/Benda/Perry/Willis: click here

Brown & Bigelow/Stancraft/RCI/TDC: click here

Canadian miscellaneous: click here

Chicago/Eagle/Knickerbocker/North American/Union (Longley Brothers): click here

Chinese Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4

Note: Part 1 deals with copies of USPCC's US3.1 & US4; Part 2 deals with copies of USPCC's US5 & Whitman's US5.1; Part 3 deals with copies of USPCC's US7; Part 4 deals with all other copies and homegrown designs.

Creswick: click here

De La Rue: Part 1Part 2

Dougherty: click here

Dutch, Scandinavian & Swiss miscellaneous: click here

Richard Edward/Games & Print Services: click here

James English: click here

English miscellaneous: click here

English wood block from smaller makers: click here

French miscellaneous: click here

German miscellaneous: click here

Goodall: Part 1Part 2

Hardy: click here

Hong Kong miscellaneous: click here

Indian miscellaneous: click here

Italian miscellaneous: click here

Japanese/Thai miscellaneous: click here

Legends PCCo/Expert PCCo: click here

McEvoy/Llewellyn/Hall/Hall & Bancks: click here

Mediterranean miscellaneous (Cyprus/Egypt/Greece/Israel/Malta): click here

Mesmaekers/Van Genechten: click here

Miscellaneous: Addenda, Corrigenda and Unidentified: click here

National/Perfection/Standard/Bay State: click here

New York Consolidated Card Co./Cohen/Lawrence & Cohen/Levy/Samuel Hart: click here

New Zealand miscellaneous: click here

Piatnik: click here

Reynolds: click here

Russell & Morgan/USPCC: click here

Russell/Kalamazoo/American Banknote Company: click here

South African miscellaneous: click here

South American and Mexican miscellaneous: click here

Spanish & Portuguese miscellaneous: click here

Taiwan miscellaneous: click here

Waddington Part 1Part 2

Woolley/Darling/Williams: click here


By Ken Lodge

Member since May 14, 2012

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​I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. Read more...

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1975 Waddingtons Nursery Rhymes

Waddingtons Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhyme playing cards by Waddingtons, Leeds, UK, 1975.

2001 South Park Playing Cards

South Park Playing Cards

South Park characters and famous one-liners, by Carta Mundi for Hasbro Int. Inc., 2001.

1980 Pentacards


A five-suited set of playing cards published by Fleet and Case Games Ltd., Rainham, Kent, UK, c.1980.

1960 Souvenir Views of Scotland Playing Cards

Souvenir Views of Scotland Playing Cards

52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.

1911 The Jovial Cards

The Jovial Cards

Publicity items for a group of entertainers, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK, 1911.

1930 Waddington’s “Silkette” Playing Cards

Waddington’s “Silkette” Playing Cards

Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.

2002 Highland Hospice

Highland Hospice

54 different personalities from the city of Inverness published by the Highland Hospice.

2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme covers from 1956 to 2016 published by Winning Moves UK Ltd.

2010 Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath

Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.

2014 Vesalius Anatomy Card Game

Vesalius Anatomy Card Game

Celebrating the work of Andreas Vesalius in the quincentenary year of his birth.

2005 Team GB

Team GB

Great Britains’s Olympic gold medallists from 1964 to 2004 published by the British Olympic Association.

2015 David Kindersley Centenary

David Kindersley Centenary

Celebration of the work of David Kindersley, stone letter-carver and typeface designer. Published by the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop, Cambridge, UK, 2015.

2003 Official England Rugby Playing Cards

Official England Rugby Playing Cards

Pack celebrating the rugby world champions of 2003. Produced by MMcardz.

2001 Rare Stamps of the World

Rare Stamps of the World

Fifty-five rare stamps of the world in full colour, published jointly by David Feldman SA of Switzerland and Tower Philatelic, USA, 2001.

Luxury Collectable Playing Cards

Luxury Collectable Playing Cards

Luxury packs of cards have been produced since the 15th century, a trend that is very popular among collectors today.

1705 Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne

Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne

“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.

Hall & Son

Hall & Son

Hall & Son

1850 Fortune-Telling Cards

Fortune-Telling Cards

Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.

1850 Comic Question & Answer cards

Comic Question & Answer cards

Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.

1824 Myriorama


Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.

1870 Transformation Cards for Christmas

Transformation Cards for Christmas

Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.

Playing Cards: A Secret History

Playing Cards: A Secret History

Playing Cards: A Secret History

A. Camoin & Cie

A. Camoin & Cie

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.



Sergeant-Major card game devised by W.G.Smith

Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Anthony Rex Pitts (1940-2021).

Pepys Games

Pepys Games

The Story of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts

J. W. Spear and Sons

J. W. Spear and Sons

Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.

Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd

Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd

Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927.

1954 Ariel Productions Ltd

Ariel Productions Ltd

The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games MFG Co., Ltd, London S.E.11

1950 Crazy People

Crazy People

Crazy People children’s card game illustrated by caricaturist and graphic artist Walter Trier, c.1950.

1912 Panko


Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.



Anonymous Snap game, 1930s.

Panto People

Panto People

Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.



Hats-Off! miniature card game published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

1930 Zoo-Boots


Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

1875 XIXth Century

XIXth Century

The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

The ‘Rinker’ Snap

The ‘Rinker’ Snap

The ‘Rinker’ highly amusing snap game, c.1910.

Round the World Happy Families

Round the World Happy Families

Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.