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Published July 06, 2023 Updated July 06, 2023

Budweiser Budvar beer

Colourful designs promoting Budweiser Budvar beer from Czechoslovakia.

1985 Czechoslovakia Obchodní Tiskárny Breweries Add to Collection

Budweiser Budvar is a brewery in the Czech city of České Budějovice known for its pale lager. The humorous courts are all shown holding or drinking from kegs or glasses of beer. A slightly different colour scheme has been used in each suit. Garlands of hops, kegs, etc., decorate the four Aces. “Budweiser Budvar” is written somewhere on all the courts, Aces and Jokers, and also appears on the 10s and 4s. The 2s carry the emblem of Koospol, the centralised import and export agency for Czech agricultural products and supplies. The back design is made up largely of kegs and jugs in red on white with “Budweiser Budvar” at each end.

 Budweiser Budvar beer promotional playing cards made by Obchodni Tiskárny, Prague, Czechoslovakia, c1985  Budweiser Budvar beer promotional playing cards made by Obchodni Tiskárny, Prague, Czechoslovakia, c1985  Budweiser Budvar beer promotional playing cards made by Obchodni Tiskárny, Prague, Czechoslovakia, c1985

Above: Budweiser Budvar beer promotional playing cards made by Obchodni Tiskárny, Prague, Czechoslovakia, c1985. 52 cards + 2 Jokers. Size: 58 x 87.5 mm.

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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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