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Published August 17, 2022 Updated August 17, 2022

Three Rare Playing Card Back Designs


By Rod Starling

Member since January 09, 2013

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Rod Starling is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.

Also by Rod Starling

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"Some Facts About Facsimiles"

"Something New and Topical"

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"Three Rare Playing Card Back Designs"

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59: Owen Jones (1809-74) and De La Rue

59: Owen Jones (1809-74) and De La Rue

A selection of examples of Owen Jones's work printed by De La Rue.

14: Back Designs

14: Back Designs

A few examples of the many interesting back designs.

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Playing Card Design

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Owen Jones (1809-1874)

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1933 Waddington’s Encore Series

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Waddington’s Encore Series 1933.

1933 Barribal Series

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