Jan Becher, a Czech liqueur company headquartered in Karlovy Vary (formerly Carlsbad), was established in 1807 when Josef Becher, a pharmacist, started selling bitters as a medicinal tonic. The company remained a family business until after World War II when it was nationalised. In 2001 it became part of the Pernod Ricard empire. The name and/or initials (JB) or logo of the company and of the liqueur are ever present on the court cards, Aces, 2s, 4s and Jokers in this pack. The stylised courts are based loosely on the international pattern, with some holding a glass or a bottle. A different set of colours has been used for each set of courts. The maker’s logo appears on the 10 of Hearts.
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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.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A brightly coloured pack promoting “Tík Táck” cane vodka from Destileria La Central S.A. in El Salva...
Publicity pack for Jan Becher, a Czech liqueur company, with modified international courts.
Jack Daniel’s™ Old Nº7 Gentlemen’s playing cards produced by Hoyle Products, USA, 1994.
Interhotel playing cards printed by Obchodni Tiskárny (OTK), Prague, and published by the Interhotel...
Promotional pack for a brand of Japanese whisky, featuring comic Wild West characters.
Glenfiddich whisky advertising playing cards from Scotland, United Kingdom.
Promotional playing cards for a brand of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Czech trains and railwayana from 1839 to 1989, made by Obchodní Tiskárny, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
Antique deck of old Bohemian playing cards of the German type manufactured by Georg Kapfler and date...
Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey with a retro vintage feel
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
Naipes “La Estrella” Spanish-suited playing cards made for BOLS gin by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, ...
Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with...
Dudák, meaning ‘Piper’, is a traditional Czech card game and this set has been specially illustrated...