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Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

I TRY TO PUT REASONABLE PRICES ON WHAT I HAVE TO OFFER; COMPARE THEM WITH eBAY AND OTHER INTERNET SELLERS. I change the items from time to time and remove some of the unsold ones; if you saw something on an earlier list and it's no longer there, it might be worth asking whether I still have it. For purchases, please contact me by e-mail:

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H.T. Morley Old and curious playing cards, Batsford, London (1931). Cloth bound, no dust jacket, very good condition. £8

W.H. Willshire A descriptive catalogue of playing cards in the British Museum, B.M. Publications, London (reprint 1975). Cloth bound, jacket, excellent. £15

Rex Pitts Pepys: the story of the company and its games, third edition in full colour. The full colour version was not generally available because of the cost of production. Excellent. £35


The following are empty card boxes:

B1 Lacquer box with five internal compartments, c.1870-80, small chips to surface and discolouration to the lid, £65

B2 Nain-Jaune box with separable trays and coloured counters, dated in hand-writing as a birthday gift 7th August 1909, good condition, £85

B3 Unusual polished box with coromandel veneer, brass straps and agate inserts, brass key and lock, counters, markers and draughts (no board) inside and very unusual, removable oval gilded brass scoreboards for bézique and cribbage, by Betjeman of London, c.1870, excellent condition. Offers around £700.


1 Waddy All Nations collecting game, 4 x 12 nationalities, rules, box (bigger than the cards, which was a feature of many Waddy games for some reason), c.1935, excellent £8

3 Legends PCCo Serpentine, reprint of original Standard PC courts from the 1890s, plain AS, decorative AD, 2014, box, mint £5

5 ?Faulkner Misfits (different spelling) from the 1950s. 12 characters made up of five cards each, including Scotsman, farmer, pirate, clown, baby, hula girl. Four characters have one missing card each. Thick card, no box, Good+ £6

6 Wüst 24-card pack, the same figures in all suits, but in different colours, tax stamp on AH, box, c.1885, VG+ £28

7 Waddington 52-card pack made up of different sample backs, plastic box, including a letter from Hamilton Kaye (conjuror, 1921-2006) regarding the pack, dated December, 16th, 1980, mint £5

11 Creswick piquet pack, 32 cards, large Old Frizzle, c.1835, VG+, a few cards discoloured by age, tiny knick in AS (see image) £145

12 Grimaud reproduction of Cotta's transformation pack of 1804 to go with an exhibition of cards in Rouen in 1984, box, mint £10

13 Goodall Pantaloons with decorative two-colour courts, round corners, c.1900, no box, inked indices of the period, very good, slight damage to QS,19 pip cards curved with storage (could be straightened with weight) £8

14 Goodall Khanhoo, 2 x 31-card special packs, three markers, rule booklet, slightly damaged box, 1891, VG+ £38 [SOLD]

17 Michalis Toubis Greek Mythology with non-standard figures from Ancient Greece, three jokers (two the same), 1995, box, mint £8

18 USPCC Fauntleroy patience, 4S made out of coloured joker, c.1900, VG £4

19 Obchodni Tiskarny Karty (OTK, Prague) Casino 300, imported into UK by Bancroft & Partners, box, c.1970, Excellent £2

20 La Milano Goldoni for San Paolo, 1980, no box, mint £22

21 Three packs of conjuring cards, unused, by Carta Mundi (1979), China (c.1990) and Universal (c.1960), £5

22 China copy of US7 poker cards with changes in design of clothing, odd arrangement on 10S (3/2/2/3), no box, c.2010, Excellent £2

23 China for Brannigan's crisps, c.1995, no box, mint £4

25 Piatnik Rococo double-box, eighteenth century figures as courts, box, c.1960, VG £5

26 Interesting non-standard pack by ASS for Heimdal of Denmark, designer's initials on each court, no box, c.1955, VG £55

27 Betal child's pack, a few odd court designs, e.g. KC and JD, no joker, box, c.1938 or 1948, unused £5

28 Carreras Happy Families, cigarette insert cards, 1925, Mr Pipe the Plumber (35) missing, VG, a few creases £4

29 China for Ireland, unusual copy of US4 courts by USPCC with faces drawn in the style of modern US poker cards, c.1990, box, excellent £3

30 Jaques Happy Families full 12-family set, square corners, no box, rules, good to very good, though Miss Bones has some damage to front (see image), c.1920 £5

31 Strong & Ready, New Zealand, Vanity Fair canasta pack with values on each card, no box, c.1955, excellent £10

32 China Paper Cutting Company, Shanghai, Golden Phoenix, copy of US poker cards, no ribs on leaf on JH, no box, c.1975, mint £2

34 Spicer's Paper Queen's Slipper, Spicer & Detmold courts in three colours, box, c.1980, mint £4

35 Brepols Dutch pattern with pictorial aces, damaged, but decent box, c.1935, VG+ £8 (bought originally at De Bijenkorf, a Dutch department store, for 0.25 cents)

36 De La Rue for Carson's Paints, c.1955, flapless box, good £3

38 Reed Queen's Slipper 500 pack, two-colour copy of USPCC bridge courts, extra cards, box, rule booklet, c.1980, mint £3

41 Waddington Historical Characters for Thermawear Limited, courts show historical British characters, 1994, box, very good, £4

42 Fleveco toy cards, Clifford Series, Goodall courts, box, unused, c.1950. 52 cards, there was never a joker with these cards. £2

43 Mesmaekers Cartes Imperiales, pictorial aces, Dutch indices, no box, c.1935, G, one corner off KD £3

44 Hong Kong for Lark Books, USA, The Art Quilt Deck, 54 cards all based on quilts made by named quilters, leaflet, plastic box, 1995, Mint £12

47 Piatnik Wars of the Roses, a late edition with three jokers (no mention of Benno), c.1990, box, unused £4

48 Turnhout standard Belgian pattern for Philips radio, special joker, retailer's name on each ace, box with loose flap, c.1935, unused £12

49 Brepols Royal Cards, Dutch pattern piquet, no joker, side-opening box with detached flap, dog back design, c.1935, Exc £4

51 Offason Anglo, unusual non-standard courts that pretend to be English, box, c.2005, mint £6

54 Kem Pinochle, all-plastic cards, 2 x 24 cards, box, c.1980, mint £5

55 Legends PCC Legends No.202, Egyptian Edition, USPCC poker courts with gold instead of yellow, though the heads of the KS and QS are cartoons of the designer Mark Stutzman and his partner, 2014, box, mint £8

57 Probably Chinese Belgian pattern with English indices, tourist back, no box, c.1990, mint £2

58 Van Genechten revised Belgian pattern for a men's clothing firm in Antwerp, box, c.1970, Exc £5

74 Waddington barrel-shaped advertising pack for AEI with turned version of their courts, in wrong box, c.1960, mint in original packed order £5

91 Elaine Lewis The Old West transformation pack with courts based loosely on standard English courts, 2005, box, mint £75 [31 of 50]

92 Karl Gerich Beautiful Bath, reprint for 35th anniversary of EPCS, 2019, views of Bath on each pip card, courts are people associated with the city, box plus a flat-pack wooden model of a Georgian house to hold the cards (still to be made up), mint £45

93 Goodall for Jarrold & Sons (a Norwich firm) for F.L. Ames, Cabinet playing cards, each court has a drawing of a member of Balfour's cabinet of 1903-05 superimposed onto a standard Goodall G6 court, aces have heads of major figures, standard pips and joker, slide-in box without bottom end, near mint £355

98 Reynolds Card Dominoes, a 32-card pack of their miniature cards pasted onto wooden blocks, in wooden box with slide-on lid on which are pasted the rules, dated 1862, good, some wear on fronts £65

100 Pack of Royals with cartoons on courts and aces by Willy Rushton, double box, 1995, excellent, slight discolouration round the edges £14

106 US Games Systems reproduction of Dougherty illuminated deck, round corners, upright box, 2001, unopened £12

109 P T Danau Redjeki, Kapal Ferry, Indonesia, unopened Chinese pack, unknown date £5

110 FG & Co, American reproduction of Dean's La-Tee-Da pack of c.1865, slide-in box, 2004, mint £10

111 Anonymous No More War pack, mostly photographic scenes from World War I, but on the backs there are reproductions of different packs from the period, 53 cards, oversize, box, unknown date, but recent, mint £12

112 Peter Wood, The Journey, Teddy bears on each card, box, 30 of 100, 2008, mint £8

113 Goodall Scientific Whist, whist leads on every card, hand-made box, c.1895, mint, £48

114 EPCS reproduction of Metastasis of 1811, box, information leaflet, 2009, mint £10

The following five packs are facsimiles of 17th and 18th century pictorial packs; all are boxed, with an explanatory booklet and mint.

115 The 1688 (Glorious) Revolution, Roger Whiting, 1988 £8

116 The Beggars' Opera, Margary, 1978 £8

117 Spanish Armada, Roger Whiting, 1988. This pack has two 7Cs and no 7S; the extra 7C is packed in the spade suit, so it looks like a mistake in the original facsimile. £5

118 Proverbial Cards, John Berry, 1995 £10

119 American reproduction of Kirk's Moral Cards, in unopened facsimile wrapper plus one spare JD, c.1980 £7

120 Cope Bros & Richard Lloyd set of 25 cigarette cards showing poker hands using Universal cards, c.1935, excellent £10

123 Astra Games for the National Trust, box, c.1985, unused £2

124 De La Rue Nursery Rhyme Snap, 4 x 13 cards, box, c.1900, good to very good, except one card (Old Mother Hubbard) badly damaged and repaired, £6

125 De La Rue Noah's Ark, collecting game, 3 x 17 animal families + Noah card, photocopied rules, bottom half of box, c.1900, very good £8

126 Unknown Jeu de Sept Familles, based on La Fontaine's fables, 6 x 7 story sets, box, c.1980, excellent £4


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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