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Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale

Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale

Some interesting playing cards for sale.

T. Drayton & Son 1875

T. Drayton & Son

Bezique and Whist boxed sets by T. Drayton & Son, London, c.1875.

Jeu des Médecins 1983

Jeu des Médecins

Cartoons of doctors and nurses by Pino Zac, published by B.P. Grimaud in 1983.

Kenya Tribes Playing Cards 1991

Kenya Tribes Playing Cards

“Kenya Tribus” playing cards published by Sapra, Mount Kenya Sundries Ltd, Nairobi, 1991

66: Adverts and related material 1862-1900

66: Adverts and related material 1862-1900

Some further material relating to cards from nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals.

Chas Goodall and Son 1820-1922 1820

Chas Goodall and Son 1820-1922

Today nothing remains of Charles Goodall's Camden Works, where three-quarters of the playing cards printed in Britain were produced.

Swiss Playing Cards

Swiss Playing Cards

The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawk bells and flowers emerged sometime during the XV century.

Scheffmacher 1975

Scheffmacher

Advertising pack for Scheffmacher, master painters in Schaffhausen, with comic designs by Fritz Bünzli.

Colour doodle deck 2011

Colour doodle deck

“1952-2002 commemorative deck” customised with doodles by an uncredited artist, UK, 2011.

Circular Coon Cards

Circular Coon Cards

Circular playing cards in a round tin titled: Sutherland's Circular Coon Cards published by Hartley Bros Pty Ltd, Australia, late 19th century.

Baraja Cuauhtémoc 1950

Baraja Cuauhtémoc

Baraja Cuauhtémoc published by Treviño Narro, Monterrey, Mexico Original artwork by P. X. Santaella featuring Aztec and other important pre-Columbian cultures.

Hitchcock 2021

Hitchcock

A deck of 55 cards, celebrating the master of mystery, murder and mayhem, Alfred Hitchcock.

Jeu Boléro 1962

Jeu Boléro

Sweeping, semi-abstract designs by J.L. Jolin in red and black only.

Le Giscarte 1976

Le Giscarte

Le Giscarte political playing cards designed by Eddy Munerol, France, 1976.

Spielkarte für Schützen 1966

Spielkarte für Schützen

“Spielkarte für Schützen” deck designed by Karl Heinz Lanz, published by Rudolf Bechtold and Co., c.1966

53: Some recent acquisitions and corrections

53: Some recent acquisitions and corrections

The following items are additions and alterations to my collection, the rest of which is listed on page 69.

Das Kupferstichspiel des I.M.F. von 1617 1617

Das Kupferstichspiel des I.M.F. von 1617

Playing cards had been made as precious objects for wealthy clients since the late 14th century. They were made to look at, admire and to keep in curiosity cabinets, or perhaps to entertain ladies or educate children rather than to play with.

Black Cat Fortune Telling Game 1897

Black Cat Fortune Telling Game

Black Cat Fortune Telling Game published by Parker Bros, 1897

Playing Cards in other cards

Playing Cards in other cards

Secondary applications of playing cards.

The Lovers playing cards 2003

The Lovers playing cards

Reproductions of old postcards with romantic messages for Valentine’s Day.

17: Waddington, Including Some of Their Less Common Packs

17: Waddington, Including Some of Their Less Common Packs

John Berry's two-volume work on the Waddington archive and collection is a very comprehensive presentation of the history of the firm, but there are some items missing from it which I include here.

Freimaurer Spielkarten / Masonic playing cards 2004

Freimaurer Spielkarten / Masonic playing cards

Masonic playing cards created by Ivan Wojnikow, 2004.

I Gatti Originali di Evelyne Nicod 1985

I Gatti Originali di Evelyne Nicod

Etchings of cats on a set of major arcana created by Evelyne Nicod.

Safety playing cards 2003

Safety playing cards

Safety playing cards designed to reinforce the “Think and Be Safe” concept.

Knoll International 1968

Knoll International

Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.

Politicards 2016 & Politikids 2016 2016

Politicards 2016 & Politikids 2016

Politicards™ 2016 & Politikids 2016: twin decks of satirical playing cards produced by Peter Green for the 2016 presidential election.

Politicards 1996 1996

Politicards 1996

Politicards ’96 with satirical caricatures on every card by Peter Green, USA.

Politicards 2008 2008

Politicards 2008

Politicards ’08 with caricatures cast as characters from classic movies, USA.

Carte Osteologiche 1978

Carte Osteologiche

Skulls and bones of all descriptions have become the suits and pips in this 40-card pack from Italy.

Marcello Morandini 1973

Marcello Morandini

Modern designs by Italian artist Marcello Morandini using the simplest of forms and colours.

K Deck 2004

K Deck

“K Deck” political playing cards, USA, c. 2004.

Cartes à Jouer Fluorescentes 1960

Cartes à Jouer Fluorescentes

Standard French cards but printed with fluorescent inks on a black background.

Tuxedo playing cards 2016

Tuxedo playing cards

Stylish ‘Tuxedo’ playing cards with animal faces created by Natalia Silva, USA, 2016.

The Deck of Hillary 2003

The Deck of Hillary

‘The Deck of Hillary’ with quotes and photographs of Hillary Clinton, USA, 2003.

Tarot de Madrid 1984

Tarot de Madrid

Black-and-white photographs of models whose faces are made up using elements found on the major arcana.

SEMP playing cards 1980

SEMP playing cards

Modified Anglo-American courts advertising a French medical publishing company.

Jeu Quatre Empereurs 1883

Jeu Quatre Empereurs

Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court cards.

Shakespeare playing cards: Insults 2005

Shakespeare playing cards: Insults

Shakespeare Insults playing cards with portraits by Jan Padover, USA, 2005.

Shakespeare playing cards: Quotes 2004

Shakespeare playing cards: Quotes

Shakespeare playing cards: Quotes, the first volume of a double set published by Prospero Art of San Francisco, 2004.

Alice in Wonderland: we’re all mad here 2020

Alice in Wonderland: we’re all mad here

Alice in Wonderland themed playing cards, UK, 2020.

Dilkhus playing cards for India 1922

Dilkhus playing cards for India

Van Genechten was one of the most competent cardmakers in Turnhout and they produced almost every kind of foreign pack for clients all around the world.

Portrait de Fribourg 2002

Portrait de Fribourg

Fine reproduction of a Fribourg pattern pack, originally by Jean-Jacques Burdel.

Eroticartes 1983

Eroticartes

Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.

Claude Weisbuch 1997

Claude Weisbuch

Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.

Old Testament playing cards 2012

Old Testament playing cards

Old Testament playing cards with illustrations by Jan Padover, USA, 2012.

Naipes Cristianos 2002

Naipes Cristianos

“Naipes Cristianos” catechetical playing cards with quotations from the four gospels, 2002.

Kings and Queens of Brazil & Portugal 1870

Kings and Queens of Brazil & Portugal

Historical playing cards by C. L. Wüst depicting monarchs of Brazil and Portugal.

Brazil Scenic Aces 1890

Brazil Scenic Aces

C. L. Wüst Scenic Aces for Brazil.

Orientierungslauf Skat 1989

Orientierungslauf Skat

Humorous designs by Helmut Härtelt on the subject of orienteering.

Borna Skat 1990

Borna Skat

Publicity pack for the Saxon town of Borna, with designs by Andreas Wachter.

56: Number cards and Chinese Crackers

56: Number cards and Chinese Crackers

A brief look at the number cards used in standard English packs.

5: De La Rue

5: De La Rue

In December 1831 Thomas de la Rue was granted his patent for printing playing cards by letterpress.

House of Cards: Deck of Bush 2003

House of Cards: Deck of Bush

House of Cards: Deck of Bush playing cards presenting reasons not to re-elect President Bush for a second term, USA, 2003.

Starz behind bars 2003

Starz behind bars

Starz behind bars playing cards with mug shots of the rich and famous under arrest, USA, 2003.

January 2024

Postgeschichte 1987

Postgeschichte

A celebration of different postal systems in Germany from 1630 to 1850, with designs by Volker Hartmann.

EPOC playing cards 2005

EPOC playing cards

Modern designs by Brazilian artist Maria Leonor Décourt inspired by standard English pattern courts.

Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort whiskey playing cards, USA.

Batman® playing cards 1992

Batman® playing cards

Characters from Batman: The Animated Series on a pack issued in 1992.

Campari playing cards 2017

Campari playing cards

Publicity pack for Campari, designed for the Portuguese or Brazilian market.

Holy Trinity Church playing cards 2011

Holy Trinity Church playing cards

Holy Trinity Church commemoration playing cards, USA, 2011.

Old Bavarian pattern 1780

Old Bavarian pattern

Uncut sheets of playing cards of the Old Bavarian pattern by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, c.1780.

Gay / Really straight Republican hypocrites 2008

Gay / Really straight Republican hypocrites

Gay / Really straight Republican hypocrites, USA, 2008

FDR New Deal Deck 2010

FDR New Deal Deck

Facsimile of ‘FDR New Deal Deck’ of 1934 re-published by Bill Schroeder, USA, 2010.

Sylvanian Families mini playing cards 1987

Sylvanian Families mini playing cards

Miniature cards in sheet form with Sylvanian Families characters on the courts and Jokers.

Politically WILD Barack Obama 2008

Politically WILD Barack Obama

Politically WILD Barack Obama playing cards, USA, 2008.

Politically Wild John McCain 2008

Politically Wild John McCain

“Politically Wild John McCain” published by Newt’s Playing Cards, USA, 2008.

Hôtels-Grils Campanile 1986

Hôtels-Grils Campanile

Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, with designs by James Hodges.

Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger 1825

Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger

Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, Bavaria, early 19th century.

Mohegan Sun playing cards

Mohegan Sun playing cards

Mohegan Sun playing cards published by Gemaco for Mohegan Sun casino.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! playing cards 1970

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! playing cards

Strange facts from Robert Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ books, in the form of cartoons.

Undressed deck 2020

Undressed deck

Undressed deck created by Edi Rudo and Néro Catineau, USA, 2020.

McCain Presidential 2008 playing cards 2007

McCain Presidential 2008 playing cards

John McCain and Sarah Palin Presidential playing cards, USA, 2008.

Tavaglione playing cards 1985

Tavaglione playing cards

Well-designed pack by Giorgio Tavaglione, with courts in medieval costume.

Jeu “Gerente” 1983

Jeu “Gerente”

Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantaisie” series.

Jeu Mythologique

Jeu Mythologique

“Jeu Mythologique” facsimile 18th century pack by J M Simon, 1983.

Stairs of Gold Tarot 1979

Stairs of Gold Tarot

Whilst the titles of the cards are in Italian, the Hebrew and Sanskrit letters on the Trump cards denote, respectively, associations with the Cabbala and Vedic metaphysics.

Fate fortune telling cards

Fate fortune telling cards

Fate fortune telling cards published by Merrimack Publishing Corporation, USA.

Belgian/Genoese pattern from Turkey 2000

Belgian/Genoese pattern from Turkey

All-plastic cards of the Belgian/Genoese type, made in Turkey.

Turkey

Turkey

Once the centre of the Ottoman Empire.

Politicards 2004 2004

Politicards 2004

Politicards 2004 with satirical cartoons by the award-winning illustrator Peter Green, USA.

Stancraft

Stancraft

Stancraft Playing Cards were manufactured by Brown & Bigelow of whom they were a subsidiary.

MISSCŒUR 1980

MISSCŒUR

Elongated cards from France with a fourth court card, a Miss.

Ansbach pattern by Emil Doll 1819

Ansbach pattern by Emil Doll

Later Ansbach or Nürnberg pattern by Emil Doll, Neustadt.

Politicards 1971 1972

Politicards 1971

Politicards 1971 for the presidential election in which Richard Nixon won a landslide victory.

Estate Playing Cards 2006

Estate Playing Cards

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson

Jeu des Copains 1965

Jeu des Copains

French popular singing stars of the 1960s.

Wren 300 playing cards 2023

Wren 300 playing cards

Papercuts by Chloe Campbell of the 52 Wren churches in the City of London.

Henley-on-Thames playing cards 2023

Henley-on-Thames playing cards

Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

Marlow playing cards 2023

Marlow playing cards

Visitor attractions and businesses to be found in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Card Tricks 1981

Card Tricks

Stereotypical representations of gay men and men they most admire, in a 1981 pack from San Francisco.

Politicards 1984 1984

Politicards 1984

Politicards 1984 with caricatures by Donald Gates, published by the Kamber Group, USA.

Politicards 1980 1980

Politicards 1980

Politicards 1980 in which Ronald Reagan defeated the incumbent Jimmy Carter, with caricatures by Keith Nichols, USA.

De La Rue 1932-1933 Sample Book of Advertising cards 1933

De La Rue 1932-1933 Sample Book of Advertising cards

Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue

Scaramouche 1959

Scaramouche

Scaramouche cartes à jouer with designs by Henri Favre, published by Le Triboulet, France.