Sometimes it is difficult to know what name to give to a pack which comes with no text of any kind either on the box or on the cards themselves. On this occasion, I have used the name of the company on whose website (www.flyingtiger.com) this pack can be found. The most striking elements of these designs are that the Kings all have beards, the Jacks have moustaches, and all the court cards carry a sprig or flower in the shape of the appropriate suit-sign and always in green. The same forms “sprout” from each of the Aces. The backs have a pattern of suit-signs, somewhat oddly arranged – differing numbers of rows of suit-signs have been turned, causing this to be a “one-way” back design. The designer’s name is not given. The small leaflet stuck to the back of the box mentions that the cards were “manufactured” in Denmark but “made” in China – a subtle difference which escapes me. There is also the name of a UK importer.
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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 Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
‘Gone to Pot’: special playing cards for keen gardeners, United Kingdom.
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
This set of Ganjifa cards is a beautiful example of traditional cards from India.
Playing cards documenting the James Bay hydro-electricity project on the La Grande River in north-we...
‘Unique Australian Animals’ educational playing cards designed by Lawton Ho, Australia, 2004.
Greenpeace anti-nuclear pack with facts and figures, United Kingdom, 2003.
Publicity pack for the Danish company, Velux, manufacturers of roof windows and skylights.
Crop Circles collectable playing cards with photography by Lucy Pringle, United Kingdom, 2007.
Margaret Parrott playing cards decorated with whimsical parrots, USA, c. 1997.
54 different endangered species depicted in full colour published by Safari Limited, Ojus, Florida, ...
A Bouquet of Pheasants playing cards produced by Jennifer Gaudion, United Kingdom, 2019.
‘Fishing for Compliments’ playing cards created by Pixel Initiative, illustrated by Stacey Jay Kelly...
“Island 2000 Trust” sustainability project playing cards, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, c. 2005.
Knot playing cards intended to teach a variety of useful and interesting knots, USA, 2000.
“Get Bear Smart” playing cards published by the Get Bear Smart Society, Canada, 2005.
Animal Aid playing cards with anti-shooting cartoons created by Steve Hutton.
Playing cards featuring original botanical paintings by Mrs. Sidney Eliza Forster from the 1890s.
Cartoon-style illustrations promoting a Belgian organisation for scouts and guides.
Different scenes from the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia, drawn by Colin Daniels.