The World of Playing Cards Logo

Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin

“Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin” collectible playing cards, made in China, c.2010.

“Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin” collectible playing cards, made in China, c.2010. Each card shows a different photograph of a Terracotta Warrior from the army of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, made in China, c.2010 Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, made in China, c.2010 Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, made in China, c.2010 Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, made in China, c.2010

Above: “Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin” playing cards, made in China, c.2010. 52 cards + 2 jokers in box.


The Terra-Cotta Warrior and Horses of Emperor Qin

The Terra-Cotta Warrior and Horses of Emperor Qin by Wu Roi Co. Every card shows a different image of the Terracotta warriors.

Terracotta Warrior and Horses of Emperor Qin Terracotta Warrior and Horses of Emperor Qin Terracotta Warrior and Horses of Emperor Qin Terracotta Warrior and Horses of Emperor Qin

Above: The Terra-Cotta Warrior and Horses of Emperor Qin by Wu Roi Co.

See also Terracotta Army deck

avatar

By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

View Articles

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.


Leave a Reply

Recommended

Pulp Pin-Up

Pulp Pin-Up

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.

2019 Diaoyu Poker 8068

Diaoyu Poker 8068

8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.

1990 Irish Legendary

Irish Legendary

Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990.

1984 Chinese Costumes

Chinese Costumes

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

1895 Khanhoo

Khanhoo

Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895.

1976 Maya Deck

Maya Deck

The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.

1945 Neerlands Glorie

Neerlands Glorie

Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945.

1985 Tonalamatl

Tonalamatl

Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.

2002 Naipes Cardón

Naipes Cardón

Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002.

Deutsche Geschichte

Deutsche Geschichte

German History Quartet published by Otto Maier Verlag Ravensburg, c.1930-35.

Chinese Jokers

Chinese Jokers

Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.

1970 Characters of “The Water Margin”

Characters of “The Water Margin”

Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克.

2011 Roman Empire

Roman Empire

Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011.

2016 Hogwarts

Hogwarts

Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.

Tô Tôm №1204

Tô Tôm №1204

Tô Tôm is played with a 120-card Chinese-style deck.

1980 Far East

Far East

Far East playing cards with designs by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano, c.1980.

Mongolian Mask Dancing

Mongolian Mask Dancing

Mongolian Religious Mask Dancing playing cards, c.2010

Story Magazine

Story Magazine

Dutch singers, TV and theatre artist playing cards for “Story” magazine, 1978.

2009 Fair Play cross cultural playing cards

Fair Play cross cultural playing cards

“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes.

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998.

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai.

57: China 3

57: China 3

A third and final look at some Chinese cards.

2001 Cartas Precolombinas

Cartas Precolombinas

Spanish playing cards with Pre-Columbian designs from Argentina, 2001.

Hakka

Hakka

“Double Happiness” brand Hakka [客家] playing cards used by Hakka ethnic communities who have a separate identity from Cantonese,

2015 Eastern

Eastern

“Eastern” playing cards dedicated to ethnic Buryat culture, 2015

55: China 2

55: China 2

Some further American designs used in China.

Tam Cúc  三菊

Tam Cúc 三菊

Tam Cúc playing cards from Vietnam, based on Chinese chess, 2016

54: China 1

54: China 1

Although many people would not consider Chinese cards worth collecting, the huge variety of court designs used by the companies based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan over the years should be of interest to those who like to enjoy variation in court cards, jokers and aces of spades.

1973 Ancient Civilisations

Ancient Civilisations

Ancient Civilisations playing cards designed by Celedonio Perellón, produced by Heraclio Fournier, 1973.

2010 Lucky Buddha Beer

Lucky Buddha Beer

Deck made in China in c.2010 advertising the Chinese brew “Lucky Beer, the enlightened beer”

Terracotta Army

Terracotta Army

Each card has a different photo of elements of the terracotta army whose purpose was to protect the emperor Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife.

Magic Poker Cards

Magic Poker Cards

“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...

Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin

Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin

“Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin” collectible playing cards, made in China, c.2010.

2006 DWYN

DWYN

Dwyn - a card game about Welsh history designed by Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio, 2006.

2005 Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera

Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera

A very impressive deck of cards featuring 54 different images from “Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera” published by HCG Poker Productions, 2005

1979 Ainu culture

Ainu culture

A terrific deck of cards made by Nintendo c.1979 with original designs on every card showing the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan.

Four Colour Cards / 四色牌 / Si Sek Pai

Four Colour Cards / 四色牌 / Si Sek Pai

Four Colour Cards made in Belgium for Far Eastern markets

Chinese Dragon Robes

Chinese Dragon Robes

Deck featuring 54 different images of Chinese Dragon Robes that emperors, empresses and royal family members wear on important occasions.

Chi Chi Pai

Chi Chi Pai

Chinese “Chi Chi Pai” Playing Cards by Mesmaekers Frères for Far East market, c.1890.

Papyrus playing cards

Papyrus playing cards

Egyptian ‘Papyrus’ playing cards with beautiful illustrations against a papyrus background.