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Miniature Playing Cards from around the world.

Miniature playing cards come in all shapes and sizes from all around the world. Most major manufacturers produce several miniature or patience-sized packs as there is always a demand for these from travellers or patience players. In addition, many minor manufacturers produce one-off miniature packs, sometimes very beautitul but often of low grade. Furthermore, miniature, toy card games are often produced by consumer product manufacturers as sales incentives or free give-aways for children.

Ariel Playing cards, c.1900

Left: these miniature “Ariel” Playing cards were published c.1900. The indices have been inked in, and the box is a slide-in, like a matchbox. Image courtesy Ken Lodge.   (Click image to see more).


Acorn series miniature children's playing cards, c.1950

Above: Acorn series miniature children's playing cards, with 'N' monogram on ace of spades, manufactured anonymously in England, c.1950. The cards are printed in red/yellow/black only and the reverse shows a pixie sitting on a toadstool.

Above: advert from inside 1927 edition of U.S.P.C.C’s ‘Selected Patience Games’ booklet for various sizes of patience and miniature playing cards.

Anonymous miniature playing cards from Mexico, c.2000

Right: anonymous miniature cards from Mexico, c.2000.

Below: uncut cards of miniature Spanish suited playing cards in medieval style, uncoloured and anonymous.


Above: miniature Spanish suited playing cards in medieval style advertising “La Paella” spices and condiments, c.1930-40.

Above: Avión 201 miniature playing cards manufactured in Spain by H. Fournier S.A., c.1950, with a Spanish exportation tax stamp on the four of Clubs and an Argentinian importation tax stamp on the Ace of Hearts.

Above: miniature playing cards inserted into consumer products as a sales incentive and for children to collect, 1930s-1950s.

Above: cards from children's deck of miniature "The Jolly Joker" playing cards, manufactured anonymously, Argentina, c.1940s.

Above: two miniature decks by Hudson (Australia): a) Morley Toy playing cards, b) Junior playing cards, court cards in red/black only, 1940s or 1950s.

Above: miniature 'TOYS' Spanish suited playing cards from Argentina, 1980.

Above: "Mini Trump Card" key ring playing cards, published by Popcorn Co. Ltd, made in China, 2011.

STAB Lx Matchbox labels with playing card designs

Above: STAB Lx Swedish Matchbox labels with playing card designs.

Birkel Schwarzer Peter Zirkus Kartenspiel, c.1950

Above: Birkel Schwarzer Peter Zirkus Kartenspiel, Germany, c.1950.

Miniature playing cards, 1964

Above: Miniature Spanish playing cards, 1964.

Above: Piatnik’s “Empire Patience”

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By Simon Wintle

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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.


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1900 A miniature theatrical pack of playing cards, Germany? c.1900

A miniature theatrical pack of playing cards, Germany? c.1900

This miniature pack is very similar to one made by C.L.Wúst in c.1890.

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Gó Succo fruit juice promotion deck featuring Walt Disney cartoons.

1910 Suchard chocolate miniature playing cards

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1970 Notched Construction Cards

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Two Notched Construction Card Sets by Shackman & Co, N.Y. 1970s.

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

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1930 Zoo-Boots

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1981 El Gato con Botas

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Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.

1992 Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América

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Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.

1984 Pato Donald

Pato Donald

Donald Duck card game © Walt Disney Productions, by Naipes Fournier, 1984.

1981 Caperucita Roja

Caperucita Roja

Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981.

1981 Pulgarcito

Pulgarcito

Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981.

1983 Inspector Gadget

Inspector Gadget

The Adventures of Inspector Gadget quartet game published by Fournier in 1983.

1979 Familias de 7 Paises

Familias de 7 Paises

“Familias de 7 Paises” card game published by Naipes H. Fournier S.A, Vitoria, 1979.

1972 Parejas del Mundo

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1981 Aventuras de Sport-Billy

Aventuras de Sport-Billy

The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981.

1984 Chinese Costumes

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Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.

1999 Sapra Studio Original

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Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.

Gibbs Happy Families

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Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.

1930 Lever Brothers miniatures

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1995 Educación Vial

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Educación Vial (Road Safety) card game published by H. Fournier, 1995.

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1995 101 Dalmatas

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101 Dalmatas by Naipes Fournier, 1995,

1895 Vanity Fair

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1950 Billabong playing cards

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Billabong Dual Deck by Hudson Industries, 1950s.

1966 Baraja Turística de España

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1997 Hercules

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1996 A Goofy Movie

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1975 Sarde Pattern

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Sarde pattern published by Modiano, c.1975, based on early XIX century Spanish model.

Triestine Pattern

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Primiera Bolognese

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Primiera Bolognese by Modiano, c.1975

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Schwarzer Peter

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Schwarzer Peter No.831 by F.X. Schmid, c.1960s.

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There and Back published by Clifford, c.1955.

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1929 Barribal patience

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