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July 2024 12 Articles

Piatnik’s 200<sup>th</sup> Anniversary 2024

Piatnik’s 200th Anniversary

A special philatelic souvenir for Piatnik’s 200th anniversary, combining playing cards and postage stamps.

Playing cards with prints by Sumio Kawakami

Playing cards with prints by Sumio Kawakami

Woodblock print designs created by Sumio Kawakami in 1938-9, each card having a different illustration.

QAIPES – cartas españolas

QAIPES – cartas españolas

Spanish-suited cards made in China inscribed “QAIPES” and “BAIPES”!

Baraja de la Cocina Española 2019

Baraja de la Cocina Española

A celebration of Spanish gastronomy, with designs by Silja Götz employing non-standard suits.

Animal Kingdom 2012

Animal Kingdom

Crafted by Hatch Design and benefitting the World Wildlife Fund, animal heads replace the traditional courts.

Ganjifa - Playing Cards from India

Ganjifa - Playing Cards from India

Indian playing cards, known as Ganjifa, feature intricate designs with twelve suits and are traditionally hand-painted.

Moguls, Highlanders and Merry Andrews

Moguls, Highlanders and Merry Andrews

Discover the historic origins and evolution of card naming and quality designations like ‘Moguls’ and ‘Highlanders’ in playing cards.

Printing Presses

Printing Presses

Antique printing presses from the Turnhout Playing Card Museum collection.

Hand-drawn transformation cards, c1875 1875

Hand-drawn transformation cards, c1875

A complete set of hand-drawn transformation cards from c1875, using a standard De La Rue pack.

Deportivo Alavés 1921-2021 2020

Deportivo Alavés 1921-2021

Drawings by Guillem Bosch of famous Alavés footballers in celebration of the club’s centenary.

Art pack, Austria

Art pack, Austria

Renaissance portraits by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein, Barthel Beham, Christoph Amberger and many others.

Tarot – Images du Pays Basque 2024

Tarot – Images du Pays Basque

Seventy-eight photographic images of the French Basque Country on a pack for playing the game of Tarot.


June 2024 23 Articles

Classification of Numeral Card Designs in French-suited packs

Classification of Numeral Card Designs in French-suited packs

The classification of numeral cards in French-suited packs, covering various pip designs in over 400 packs from English, American, and French origins, and highlighting both historical and modern patterns.

Hanuman and the Five Riders 1975

Hanuman and the Five Riders

A selection cards showing characters from the 1975 Thai-Japanese film.

Sissi playing cards

Sissi playing cards

produced for the Austrian tourist market.

Holidays – les côtes françaises 2024

Holidays – les côtes françaises

Holiday destinations around the French coast as depicted by Pauline Launay.

Warner Bros 100<sup>th</sup> Anniversary 2023

Warner Bros 100th Anniversary

An array of famous characters from Warner Bros films in celebration of the company’s centenary.

The Douce Collection

The Douce Collection

The Douce Collection of playing cards in the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.

Medizin Skat 1994

Medizin Skat

Promotional pack for a hospital group in the Saarland, with non-standard suits and courts designed by Detlef Krause.

The Henry Hart Puzzle

The Henry Hart Puzzle

Explore the intricate history and unique design variations of Henry Hart's playing cards, tracing their journey from 18th-century England to America.

Naipes Kukuxumusu 2006

Naipes Kukuxumusu

A 52-card Spanish-suited advertising pack for a clothing company in Pamplona.

Euskal Herriko Mitologia 2018

Euskal Herriko Mitologia

Important figures from Basque mythology, named in four languages.

Líneas rojas 2016 2016

Líneas rojas 2016

Semicaricatural images of Spanish politicians by Jordi Minguell, combined with non-standard suits.

Opernkarte I 1984

Opernkarte I

Humorous designs by Peter Becker on the theme of the Opera.

Playing Card Research Archives maintained by The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

Playing Card Research Archives maintained by The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards maintains an extensive archive of materials from notable playing card researchers, available for study by arrangement in Bicester.

Jeu des 7 familles basques 2022

Jeu des 7 familles basques

A Happy Families-type game from the Basque country, with designs by Soledad Bravi and Agathe de Lastic.

A Million Dollar Tarot: The Alleyman’s Tarot 2023

A Million Dollar Tarot: The Alleyman’s Tarot

The Alleyman’s Tarot successfully raised $1,404,172 on Kickstarter. This unique 133-card deck includes a mix of traditional and non-traditional tarot cards, offering a new approach to tarot readings.

The Art of Erté 1983

The Art of Erté

Luxury playing cards displaying artwork by Erté, published in 1983 by Sobranie of London.

Go Green playing cards 2010

Go Green playing cards

Suggestions how to “go green” and help combat the impact of climate change.

The Chamber of 52 Cards 2006

The Chamber of 52 Cards

Playing cards published by Peter Wood as a tribute to the rock band Genesis.

North American wildlife playing cards

North American wildlife playing cards

From humid wetlands to frozen tundra, the wildlife in North America is extremely diverse.

Sevilla 1647 reproduction 1647

Sevilla 1647 reproduction

Facsimile of Spanish-suited pack produced in Sevilla, Spain, 1647.

Are Playing Cards a Good Investment?

Are Playing Cards a Good Investment?

Playing cards can appreciate modestly, with historical annual gains of 2-3%. Rare cards offer higher returns; condition and initial price impact value.

Hummingbirds of the Americas

Hummingbirds of the Americas

Colour photographs of hummingbirds with data about each species to aid recognition.

Seashells playing cards

Seashells playing cards

Each card shows colour photo of a different seashell for easy identification.


May 2024 15 Articles

Atout Cœur! 1985

Atout Cœur!

Poster designs by children for an anti-smoking campaign in the Midi-Pyrenées region of France.

English cards from the reign of Charles II 1675

English cards from the reign of Charles II

This article explores a historic pack of English playing cards from circa 1675, likely used by King Charles II and Queen Catherine, detailing their significance, history and unique features

Quên Tarot 2022

Quên Tarot

A mystical voyage of love and self-discovery created by Duy Khánh Võ.

Why our playing-cards look the way they do

Why our playing-cards look the way they do

Analysis of early playing card designs: origins, suit differences, standardization, technological advancements and key innovations leading to modern designs.

Kojak bubble gum cards 1978

Kojak bubble gum cards

Bubble gum cards featuring stills – mainly of Telly Savalas – from the cult TV series Kojak.

Discover trains of North America

Discover trains of North America

55 different Illustrations of railways and locomotives from the United States.

Introduction to Collecting Themes

Introduction to Collecting Themes

Playing cards can be broadly categorised into standard and non-standard designs, with collectors appreciating their variety.

Victor Hugo “L’homme qui rit” 1985

Victor Hugo “L’homme qui rit”

Two different packs with costume designs for Victor Hugo plays, issued on the centenary of his death.

Portrait Playing Cards

Portrait Playing Cards

Portrait playing cards, featuring realistic drawings of people on the court cards instead of traditional stylized figures, originated in the 18th century and continue to gain popularity.

Victor Hugo 1885-1985 1985

Victor Hugo 1885-1985

Characters from novels by Victor Hugo marking the centenary of his death, as conceived by Dominique Asselot.

Les Beaux Étés 2017

Les Beaux Étés

Comic book characters who lead mundane lives, with designs by Jordi Lafebre.

I Tarocchi del Buongustaio 1996

I Tarocchi del Buongustaio

A less-than-serious set of major arcana on a gourmet theme, with designs by Cosimo Musio.

Le Monde Primitif Tarot 2021

Le Monde Primitif Tarot

Facsimile edition produced by Morena Poltronieri & Ernesto Fazioli of Museo Internazionale dei Tarocchi, 2021.

Haushaltgeräte 1981

Haushaltgeräte

Publicity pack for VEB Kombinat Haushaltgeräte, makers of household goods, with designs by Volker Hartmann.

Traditional Cyprus Recipes 2024

Traditional Cyprus Recipes

Traditional recipes from Cyprus, with a small photo of each dish.