A very impressive deck of cards featuring 54 different images from “Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera” published by HCG Poker Productions, 2005. One in a series of packs of playing cards portraying Chinese history and cultural treasures, these cards show the Chinese Peking Opera with its rich repertoire, beautiful singing, superb martial arts skills, wonderful makeup and brightly coloured costumes which, according to one commentator, are more impressive than a military parade. It is certainly preferable for countries to understand each other through theatre and art rather than war.
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A pack of cards depicting characters from the famous play "The Wedding of Krechinsky" by Sukhovo-Kob...
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Modern designs by Italian artist Marcello Morandini using the simplest of forms and colours.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
German-suited ‘Heathen War’ playing cards published by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
Costumes from four operas premiered at the Paris Opera between 1830 and 1840.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
This tarot deck pays tribute to the golden age of pixelated video games, drawing inspiration from th...
Britney Spears Oracle: A Deck and Guidebook to Be Stronger Than Yesterday — a card set for Britney f...
This tarot deck captures the idealised Eastern world's magic from the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...
Scaramouche cartes à jouer with designs by Henri Favre, published by Le Triboulet, France.
Newtropolis and the Fantastic Fur: Heroes vs. Villains playing cards illustrated by Peter Wood, 2015...
Wagner’s “Ring” playing cards, with illustrations by Sir Arthur Rackham, published by Prospero Art, ...
Hawaiian playing cards in the style of classic Hawaiian wood carvings, USA, 2015.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
A Spanish-suited pack as conceived by 48 different artists from the region of Murcia.
Bold designs by Jacques Auriac representing people and enterprises for which the town of Issy-les-Mo...
Detailed pen and ink drawings of the major arcana by the German artist Helmut Wonschick.
Original designs by French artist Jean Vérame, with clubs replaced by four-leaf clovers to bring goo...
Secrets of the Far East playing cards featuring the designs of Violeta Monreal , Spain, c. 1991.
Ases de la pintura / Masters of painting playing cards made by Naipes Comas, Spain, c.1990.
Original paintings by Jane Daniell depicting characters from Shakespeare’s plays.
Characters from five famous operas brought alive in artist Silvia Maddonni’s inimitable style.
Stars of Country Music playing cards with non-standard suit symbols, USA, 1995