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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Mercury One-2-One Situations

Mercury ‘One-2-One Situations’ playing cards published by Mercury Communications.

Mercury One-2-One Situations

Globalstar

Naipes Globalstar TE.SA.M. Telefonía Satelital playing cards, manufactured by Gráfica 2001.

Globalstar

Electrical Mah Jong

Electrical Mah Jong was produced by De La Rue for The Western Electric Company Ltd in 1924 for the Wembley Exhibition.

Electrical Mah Jong

Astronaut

Astronaut card game published by Pepys Series (Castell Bros) celebrating the arrival of space travel, 1960s

Astronaut

Radio Banker

Radio Banker by John Waddington Ltd for Marconiphone Co Ltd.

Radio Banker

Deutsche Reichsbahn

Deutsche Reichsbahn (German Railways) deck designed by Peter Becker, 1989

Deutsche Reichsbahn

Editorial Gráfica Flores, c.1970-90

Editorial Gráfica Flores S.A. were manufacturers of playing cards and card games around c.1970-90.

Editorial Gráfica Flores, c.1970-90

Pinocho

Pinocho children’s playing cards published by Editorial Gráfica Flores c.1975.

Pinocho

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges produced engraved geographical and astronomical decks, London, c.1827-30.

Charles Hodges

Perspectives on Tarot

Tarot, originally a 15th century card game, has evolved into a form of personal mysticism and spirituality.

Perspectives on Tarot

Art:Pack in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation

A deck of cards to raise awareness of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Art:Pack in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation

Secondary Uses

The unprinted backs of playing cards have led people to use them for secondary purposes such as memorandum slips, bibliographic index cards, for declarations of love, rendezvous notes, emergency money, visiting cards and so on.

Secondary Uses

The Bristol Pack

The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005.

The Bristol Pack

The 52 Club

The London College of Printing '52 Club' Designers and Artists playing cards, 1984.

The 52 Club

Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher

Card games produced in Germany by Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher.

Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher

Hodges’ Constellations

Hodges’ pack dealing with astronomy had numeral cards carrying diagrams of constellations and their pictorial representations.

Hodges’ Constellations

Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale

Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale

Under the Sea

“Under the Sea” transformation playing cards, published in 2005 to raise money for the Marine Stewardship Council, an environmental charity which promotes sustainable fishing practices.

Under the Sea

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards

Deck featuring “18 Rock ‘n’ Pop” Superstars portrayed on the court cards and jokers by eight of Britain’s leading illustrators.

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards

Art for the Earth

“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, c.1990.

Art for the Earth

Pinocchio

Pinocchio fairy tale playing cards illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev for Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Pinocchio card game published by Pepys Games, 1940.

Pinocchio

The Deck of Cards

The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979.

The Deck of Cards

Egyptian Tarot

Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980.

Egyptian Tarot

National Geographic Nature

National Geographic Nature playing cards, 2006.

National Geographic Nature

National Geographic: Weird But True

National Geographic: “Weird But True” kids fun fact playing cards, 2014.

National Geographic: Weird But True

Le Avventure di Pinocchio

Avventure di Pinocchio by Dal Negro, based on Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.

Le Avventure di Pinocchio

The Art of Pin-Up decks

Feminine beauty has been appreciated since prehistory.

The Art of Pin-Up decks

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.

Circular Coon Cards

Heraclio Fournier S.A.

Founded in 1868, today it is part of the Jarden Corporation (USA).

Heraclio Fournier S.A.

Baraja Morisca

Primitive Latin suited pack, possibly of Swiss or German origin for export to Spain, dated by paper analysis as early XV century, which makes this one of the earliest known surviving packs of playing cards.

Baraja Morisca

Cádiz Pattern playing cards

Cádiz Pattern playing cards

Cádiz Pattern playing cards

Spanish National Pattern

Probably originating in Spain in the seventeenth century or even earlier, this pattern became strongly established by the Catalan cardmakers Rotxotxo of Barcelona.

Spanish National Pattern

Fernando Pessoa & Co playing cards

Fernando Pessoa & Co playing cards - Lisbon

Fernando Pessoa & Co playing cards

Portuguese Conjuring Playing Cards

Portuguese Conjuring Playing Cards, c.1850.

Portuguese Conjuring Playing Cards

Portuguese Type Playing Cards c.1860

10 cards from a pack of later Portuguese ‘Dragon’ type cards from c.1860, with the Maid of batons about to club a dog.

Portuguese Type Playing Cards c.1860

Playing Cards by J J Nunes

Playing Cards by J J Nunes, Lisbon, Portugal

Playing Cards by J J Nunes

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Card Games

Children's games are distinct from ordinary playing cards, with their most obvious difference being the lack of any court cards or suit marks.

Card Games

Whist No. 32

Whist No. 32 - Cartas de Jogar Nunes

Whist No. 32

Vier-Erdteile c.1870

Dondorf's Luxus-Spielkarte “Vier-Erdteile” (“Four Continents”) was first published in c.1870 and has been re-published in several editions, variations and formats since then.

Vier-Erdteile c.1870

Kinder-Karte

First published in c.1870, children are presented in these miniature Patience cards disguised as Kings, Queens and Jacks. The Kings' crowns are slightly over-sized for their heads and the children are wearing false beards.

Kinder-Karte

Four Continents Patience

Dondorf's 'Four Continents' Patience, c.1910.

Four Continents Patience

Monumentos de España

"Monumentos de España" souvenir playing cards manufactured by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Vitoria (Spain), c.1955.

Monumentos de España

Portuguese pattern

19th century Portuguese pattern, re-printed from original woodblocks.

Portuguese pattern

Binary Playing Cards

Promotional deck for Honeywell Computers by Brown & Bigelow c.1968 with the cards marked in binary notation

Binary Playing Cards

Madeira Souvenir

“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir playing cards with 54 colour views of the archipelago.

Madeira Souvenir

A Pair of Transformation Packs

Two similar but fascinatingly different hand-drawn transformation decks by the same artist, c.1875

A Pair of Transformation Packs

Non-standard deck by Maillard

Attractive deck by the Portuguese maker Maillard, c.1885 with scenic aces and German-style courts

Non-standard deck by Maillard

24: The Fournier Museum Catalogue: Comments and Corrections

The Fournier catalogue is a very useful reference book, full of pictures of cards from all over the world, but especially Europe. Unfortunately, there are quite a few mistakes and unlikely assumptions in it.

24: The Fournier Museum Catalogue: Comments and Corrections

14: Back Designs

A few examples of the many interesting back designs.

14: Back Designs

Casais Portugueses

Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies

Casais Portugueses

Donald’s Circular Snap

Donald’s Circular Snap published by Pepys, 1951.

Donald’s Circular Snap

Middle Ages

Middle Ages by Germano & Cª, (Litografia Maia),

Middle Ages

Charles Cheminade Tarot

Marseille Tarot cards by Charles Cheminade of Grenoble, France, early 18th century.

Charles Cheminade Tarot

31: The Not-So-Minor Cardmakers of the 19th Century - Part 2

This page continues the presentation of examples of the major English cardmakers of the 19th century.

31: The Not-So-Minor Cardmakers of the 19th Century - Part 2

Hall & Son

Hall & Son

Hall & Son

Grand Jeu Lenormand

A pack of 54 playing-cards for fortune-telling each card containing a number of zodiacal, classical and modern images with a miniature card of the conventional type at top left and a letter of the alphabet at top right.

Grand Jeu Lenormand

Snapshots

Snapshots, a Missionary Card Game depicting people from different cultural contexts engaged in their traditional ways of life...

Snapshots

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid, McLoughlin Bros., Inc., USA, 1887.

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid

Collecting English Playing Cards & Games

The History of English Playing Cards dates probably from the mid 15th century, the first documentary evidence of their existence in this country occurring in an Act of Parliament which prohibited the import of foreign cards.

Collecting English Playing Cards & Games

Help Yourself Society

The “Help Yourself” Society was formed in 1927 to run fundraising activities for hospitals.

Help Yourself Society

Eglantine Table

The Eglantine Table, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, elaborately inlaid with marquetry depicting musical instruments, playing-cards, games and heraldic references.

Eglantine Table

Playing Cards in El Salvador

Cards were first imported to Central America from Spain, although local production has always existed. Today El Salvador has some local production of playing cards, which are often of rudimentary quality.

Playing Cards in El Salvador

Woodpecker Press Ltd

Woodpecker Press is believed to have started up in 1987 as a spin-off from the closure of Astra Games.

Woodpecker Press Ltd

Latin American Playing Cards

Playing cards had been introduced to the Americas with explorers such as Columbus or Cortés, whose fellow countrymen were keen gamblers. Cards were imported from Spain since the 16th century. Local production usually imitated Spanish cards.

Latin American Playing Cards

Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs

Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs, c.1870. The complete proverb is printed along the top of each card in the set.

Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs

Kay Snap

Kay Snap Children's Card Game, made in England, 1930s.

Kay Snap

Paper and Cardboard

The manufacture of the pasteboard used for playing cards contains a number of interesting processes including mingling, pasting and drying.

Paper and Cardboard

Ship Sails

“Ship Sails” card game c.1885.

Ship Sails

Cow & Gate Happy Family Game

Cow and Gate Happy Family game was issued around 1928 to promote nutrition products.

Cow & Gate Happy Family Game

Apache Playing Cards

Apache Indian Playing Cards made on rawhide, first recorded 1875.

Apache Playing Cards

The New Game of Animals

Victorian card game with imaginatively designed letters which spell the name of an animal, with one card representing the animal spelt.

The New Game of Animals

Stage

‘Stage’ card game © 1904 C. M. Clark Publishing Co. Boston, Mass. with portraits of popular actors and actresses.

Stage

Old Fashioned Snap

‘Old Fashioned Snap’ created by Rex Pitts, 2016.

Old Fashioned Snap

Characters from Charles Dickens

“Characters from Charles Dickens” card game published by Jaques & Son, c.1880.

Characters from Charles Dickens

John Bull

“John Bull”, the Capital English Game published by W. Cremer, c.1865.

John Bull

Wartime Snap

Wartime edition of Snap game by an anonymous publisher.

Wartime Snap

Convoy

“Convoy” WW2 card game published by Tree Brand c.1940, based on wartime naval convoys.

Convoy

Space Puzzles

The Space Puzzles Game published by Gametoy Development Co., Inc, Orlando, Fl, 1991.

Space Puzzles

Merry Game of Old Maid

The Merry Game of Old Maid published by McLoughlin Brothers, c.1880s.

Merry Game of Old Maid

Comic Conversation

Old Time “Comic Conversation” cards published by McLoughlin Bros, N.Y., c.1887.

Comic Conversation

Country Craftsmen

“Country Craftsmen” Happy Families with illustrations by Mandy Hall, published for the National Trust by Dinosaur Publications Ltd, 1978.

Country Craftsmen

Cotswold Happy Families

“Cotswold Happy Families” created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997.

Cotswold Happy Families

Merry Andrews Happy Families

Merry Andrews - the very Happy Families, published by Scott & Turner Ltd, 1936.

Merry Andrews Happy Families

Rush Hour

“Rush Hour” by Universal Publications Ltd, London, c.1935.

Rush Hour

World Leaders Snap

World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.

World Leaders Snap

Fussball Quartett

Fussball Quartett by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1958.

Fussball Quartett

Greenpeace

Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins.

Greenpeace

National Trust Properties

National Trust Properties Pack, c.1997.

National Trust Properties

Period Pieces

National Trust Period Pieces Antiques Game produced in 1976 by Dinosaur Publications.

Period Pieces

A Case Study

Case Study: using detective work to identify and date a pack discovered in charity shop.

A Case Study

Wrappers

Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.

Wrappers

MMcardz - INPOPA Anthology 2002

INPOPA Anthology 2002.

MMcardz - INPOPA Anthology 2002

Playing Cards and Religion

Early engravers and print makers made devotional images for pilgrims and people who could not afford paintings or books. Many of these craftsmen turned their hand to manufacturing playing cards to earn extra income. Stock images from the repertoire of devotional imagery might also de adapted to serve as playing card symbols.

Playing Cards and Religion

Miniature Playing Cards

Miniature Playing Cards from around the world.

Miniature Playing Cards

Silk Inlaid Playing Cards for Charles I

Silk Inlaid Playing Cards for Charles I

Silk Inlaid Playing Cards for Charles I

E.P.C.S. Competitions

Do you know any good playing card related cartoons or jokes?

E.P.C.S. Competitions

Fanning the Playing Cards

The manner of holding the cards in the hand is related to a player’s needs to view his/her hand in a logically organised way, perhaps categorised into sets or sequences, usually reading from left to right...

Fanning the Playing Cards

History of Court Cards

The court cards in English packs of playing cards derive from models produced by Pierre Marechal in Rouen around 1565. A pack of such cards is preserved in the museum at Rouen.

History of Court Cards

Early English Playing Cards

Early examples of traditional, standard English playing cards of which the best known are those of Hewson of the seventeenth century, and Blanchard from the eighteenth century.

Early English Playing Cards

Early Anglo-French Cards

Cards produced in Rouen during the sixteenth century. It was cards like these which were imported to England and are the ancestors of the modern 'Anglo-American' pattern.

Early Anglo-French Cards

Playing Card Design

The design of a pack of playing cards involves a balance between utilitarian constraints and artistic possibilities.

Playing Card Design

Woodblock and Stencil Playing Cards

Around 1987 I decided to make a pack of playing cards from woodblocks and coloured with stencils. I imagined I was carrying out my 'apprenticeship'.

Woodblock and Stencil Playing Cards

The Combination of Images and Text

When playing cards have titles or legends these reference a written/literary tradition of some form. It connects the image to a wider cultural sphere, extending the visual impact.

The Combination of Images and Text

W. H. Willis & Co

Willis & Company was formed in 1869, having been preceded by Charles Steer at the same address (80 Long Acre, London), who also manufactured playing cards during the 1850s and 60s.

W. H. Willis & Co

Souvenir Playing Cards

Tourist souvenir playing cards depict the aesthetic, political, social and economic conceptions of the countries to which they belong. They feature beauty spots, local customs, gastronomy, historic ruins or other attractions.

Souvenir Playing Cards

Andrew Dougherty 1848-1930

Andrew Dougherty was born in Donegal in Northern Ireland in 1827. He started his playing card business in New York in 1848.

Andrew Dougherty 1848-1930

Printing of Playing Cards: Stencilling

Printing of Playing Cards :: Stencilling can usually be detected by observing the outlines of the coloured areas which are often irregular with brush strokes discernible in the coloured areas.

Printing of Playing Cards: Stencilling

Chromolithography

Colour lithography was invented in 1798 by a Bavarian actor and playwright named Alois Senefelder (1771-1834). It is based on the principle that oil and water do not mix.

Chromolithography

Pigmy Playing Cards

Pigmy Miniature Playing Cards

Pigmy Playing Cards

Ivorette

Dougherty was at the forefront of innovation, adding Best Bowers and then Jokers, rounded corners and various types of indices, or indicators, to his cards.

Ivorette

Triplicate No.18

Dougherty first secured a patent for “Triplicates” in 1876, a novel type of indices with a miniature card in the top left-hand corner (and bottom right).

Triplicate No.18

Columbian Exposition Souvenir

Columbian Exposition Souvenir playing cards, G.W. Clark, Chicago, 1893.

Columbian Exposition Souvenir

The Invention of Bridge

“The Invention of Bridge” - a humorous story by Larry Lefkowitz.

The Invention of Bridge

De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say”

De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say” astrology cards issued by J. Milhoff & Co., 1934.

De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say”

Delta Playing Cards

Delta playing cards are a modern art concept deck invented by Professor M. R. Ali, an artist operating under the company name of “Artology International”.

Delta Playing Cards

Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg

“Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg” featuring the emergency money of 1921 designed by Otto Pech

Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall.

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board

Patience Cards and their Boxes

Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.

Patience Cards and their Boxes

Corner Indices

Corner Indices were a major innovation in playing card production.

Corner Indices

Bone Playing Cards

My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.

Bone Playing Cards

Botany Quartetts

Botany card game published by Houlston and Wright & Henry Greenwood, c.1860.

Botany Quartetts

Naipes Merlín

“Naipes Merlín” produced by Kit Produccion y Diseño S.A., Argentina.

Naipes Merlín

Naipes TRIUNFO by Orestes A Cappellano, c.1940-55

Naipes TRIUNFO Spanish-suited playing cards by Orestes A. Cappellano, publishers and playing card manufacturers, Sarmiento 1537, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1940-55.

Naipes TRIUNFO by Orestes A Cappellano, c.1940-55

VELCAP, c.1960-65

Advertising pack for Lutz Ferrando y Cía Opticians, c.1960.

VELCAP, c.1960-65

Naipes Triunfo for Fernet Branca

Naipes TRIUNFO Spanish-suited playing cards for Fernet Branca by Cappellano, S.A., publishers and playing card manufacturers, Florencio Varela 542, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1955-60.

Naipes Triunfo for Fernet Branca

Naipes Triunfo, c.1965

Spanish-suited playing cards by Cappellano, S.A., Florencio Varela 542, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1965.

Naipes Triunfo, c.1965

Estudio Negrin PIRELLI, c.1960

Estudio Negrin playing cards for PIRELLI, made by Orestes A. Cappellano S.R.L., Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1960.

Estudio Negrin PIRELLI, c.1960

Torcacita, c.1945-65

Naipes Naipes Torcacita, c.1945-65. Spanish-suited playing cards made by Orestes A. Cappellano; several examples from between c.1945-70.

Torcacita, c.1945-65

Naipes TRIUNFO c.1925-40

Cappellano Hermanos were book publishers during the 1920s who also commenced producing playing cards around this time.

Naipes TRIUNFO c.1925-40

VELCAP circular, c.1980

VELCAP circular playing cards made by Cappellano S.A., c.1980.

VELCAP circular, c.1980

Naipes VELCAP c.1950

Naipes VELCAP playing cards by Orestes A. Cappellano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1950,

Naipes VELCAP c.1950

Cappellano S.A. c.1920-c.1985

Originally known as Cappellano Hnos in the 1920s, and undergoing several changes of name and address, the company produced catalan style packs with the brand names "Naipes Triunfo" and "Torcacita" as well as an Anglo-American style pack titled "VELCAP".

Cappellano S.A. c.1920-c.1985

African themed playing cards

Pharaoh Palmier Poker, the Sasatki Black Pack.

African themed playing cards

Algeria

Spanish suited playing cards produced by B. P. Grimaud (Paris) for Algeria, around 1910.

Algeria

Regarding the designs of playing cards

The quality of playing card designs often deteriorates with time…

Regarding the designs of playing cards

Mundialito de Radiolandia 2000

‘Mundialito’ toy football playing cards published inside the magazine ‘Radiolandia 2000’, Argentina, 1978.

Mundialito de Radiolandia 2000

Servicio de Hidrografía Naval

125th anniversary of the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service, 2004.

Servicio de Hidrografía Naval

Mustering of the Mustard Club

The “Mustering of the Mustard Club” was one of many promotional items produced by Colman's for the Mustard Club which was launched in 1926.

Mustering of the Mustard Club

Billiken Minicartas

Children’s toy cards published in Argentina by Editorial Atlántida in the magazine “Billiken”, 1964.

Billiken Minicartas

Truco “Únicos”

Naipes Truco “Únicos” with caricatures of national celebrities designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006.

Truco “Únicos”

Naipe Estilo Español “Siglo XXI”

Naipe Estilo Español “Siglo XXI” created by Florencia Marotta, 2005.

Naipe Estilo Español “Siglo XXI”

Creciendo Seguros

‘Creciendo Seguros’ road safety awareness playing cards from Argentina, 2006.

Creciendo Seguros

Naipes Feroleto

Naipes Feroleto is a brand which began appearing in the Argentine market around 2002

Naipes Feroleto

Naipes Criollos

“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.

Naipes Criollos

Imported Argentinean Playing Cards

There has been a number of importing agents, as well as manufacturers from other countries, who have imported playing cards into Argentina.

Imported Argentinean Playing Cards

Argenar, Buenos Aires, c.1980

The reverse has advertising for Cymaco motor spares who have branches in Uruguay.

Argenar, Buenos Aires, c.1980

Martín Fierro

Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez.

Martín Fierro

Naipes La Banca

Naipes La Banca, Argentina c.1970-85

Naipes La Banca

VICTORIA 4500 by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Naipe Español VICTORIA 4500 by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

VICTORIA 4500 by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Bertrand Domec, 1904-1970 page 2

Bertrand Domec page 2 (c.1905-1926).

Bertrand Domec, 1904-1970 page 2

Fagoaga y Compañía (Casa Bertrand Domec), Buenos Aires, c.1970

Playing Cards Imported into Argentina by Fagoaga y Compañía (Casa Bertrand Domec), Buenos Aires, c.1970

Fagoaga y Compañía (Casa Bertrand Domec), Buenos Aires, c.1970

Naipes Coraza, Comas, Barcelona, 1940s

Naipes Coraza, Hija de Antonio Comas, Barcelona, 1940s.

Naipes Coraza, Comas, Barcelona, 1940s

Bertrand Domec, Buenos Aires 1904-1970

Bertrand Domec was an importer of playing cards into Argentina, 1904-1970.

Bertrand Domec, Buenos Aires 1904-1970

Ernesto Flaiban - Quality Control

Sr. Ernesto Flaiban, founder and president of E. Flaiban S.A., is seen here checking the quality of some playing cards.

Ernesto Flaiban - Quality Control

E. Flaiban - Paisanito S.R.L.

E. Flaiban - Paisanito, Buenos Aires c.1953.

E. Flaiban - Paisanito S.R.L.

Ernesto Flaiban, Buenos Aires

Ernesto Flaiban, Buenos Aires, 1942-1970.

Ernesto Flaiban, Buenos Aires

Industria Gráfica Pesout

Coimexpor Spanish-suited playing cards by Industria Gráfica Pesout, S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.2008.

Industria Gráfica Pesout

Nascal S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1960-80

Nascal S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1960-80.

Nascal S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1960-80

Fournier No.35 Spanish-suited playing cards

Fournier No.35 Spanish-suited playing cards imported into Argentina by Fagoaga y Compañía (Bertrand Domec), c.1970.

Fournier No.35 Spanish-suited playing cards

El Ciervo, c.1930

Sebastian Comas y Ricart - Hija de A. Comas “El Ciervo” Spanish Catalan pattern, c.1930.

El Ciervo, c.1930

Hija de A. Comas “El Periquito”, c.1930

Sebastian Comas y Ricart - Hija de A. Comas “El Periquito” Spanish-suited playing cards for export to Argentina, c.1930.

Hija de A. Comas “El Periquito”, c.1930

Squeezers No.35

By 1877 the New York Consolidated Card Co's "Squeezers" were a great success on account of the indices in the corners which enabled the cards to be fanned.

Squeezers No.35

Fournier No. 55

Naipes Intransparentes de Una Hoja No.55 made by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier (Vitoria) for exportation to Argentina, c.1940.

Fournier No. 55

Bertrand Domec page 6

Playing Cards imported into Argentina by Casa Bertrand Domec de Fagoaga y Fernández (Sucesores) Bs. As., c.1935-50.

Bertrand Domec  page 6

Gath & Chaves

Gath & Chaves, Ltd

Gath & Chaves

Poker N°40

Hijos de Heraclio Fournier’s “Poker N°40” c.1940.

Poker N°40

Tela de Araña

Naipes “Tela de Araña” by Flaiban S.A.

Tela de Araña

Naipes Galgo

Naipes Galgo by Ernesto Flaiban, Buenos Aires.

Naipes Galgo

Poker Nº 505

Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960.

Poker Nº 505

Naipes Victoria

Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A.

Naipes Victoria

Playing Cards by Compañia General de Fósforos

Playing Cards by Compañia General de Fósforos, Bs. As. (founded 1888).

Playing Cards by Compañia General de Fósforos

Naipes “La Estrella” for BOLS by Igor Domicelj, Bs Aires, c.1954

Naipes “La Estrella” Spanish-suited playing cards made for BOLS gin by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1954

Naipes “La Estrella” for BOLS by Igor Domicelj, Bs Aires, c.1954

Naipes de Poker Naipynt

Naipes “Naipynt” are a departure from Fourvel's usual Side Car brand, with a new ‘Clown Joker’ design, although the motorcycle motif is still visible in the centre of the Ace of Spades.

Naipes de Poker Naipynt

Estelares

Naipes Estelares playing cards manufactured by Luis A. Fourvel y Cia., Buenos Aires, early 1950s.

Estelares

Impuestos Internos Sobre Naipes

Duty was first introduced on playing cards in Argentina in 1892, as part of the Internal Duties law, and in 1896 the first duty labels were printed to be used on packets of 1 gross packs.

Impuestos Internos Sobre Naipes

Naipes Hijitus

Naipes HIJITUS playing cards were published during the mid-1980s as an insert in the children’s comic Anteojito.

Naipes Hijitus

Naipe Español "VICTORIA ® by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Naipe Español "VICTORIA ® by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Naipe Español

F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Spanish-suited playing cards by F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

F. X. Schmid (Argentina) S.A.

Advertising & publicity playing cards by Joker S.A.

Advertising and publicity playing cards manufactured by Joker S.A.

Advertising & publicity playing cards by Joker S.A.

Standard playing cards manufactured by Joker S.A.

Standard playing cards manufactured by Joker S.A.

Standard playing cards manufactured by Joker S.A.

Joker S.A.

Playing cards manufactured by Joker S.A.

Joker S.A.

Naipes Argentinos Patagonia

“Naipes Argentinos Patagonia” with court cards depicting gauchos and native Indians, c.2000.

Naipes Argentinos Patagonia

Francisco Girbau & Cia, Buenos Aires

Francisco Girbau & Cia, Buenos Aires, c.1890-1935

Francisco Girbau & Cia, Buenos Aires

Quercia y Possi, Buenos Aires 1815-16

José Maria Quercia y Possi was an Italian immigrant who joined the Chilean Independence army. He set up a playing card factory in Argentina in 1815 known as "Fábrica de Buenos Aires".

Quercia y Possi, Buenos Aires 1815-16

Souvenir Playing Cards

Argentina publishes many tourist souvenir packs, usually with colour pictures on each card, and with either Spanish suit signs, or else Anglo-american ones, in each corner.

Souvenir Playing Cards

Asociart promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000

Asociart Insurance promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000.

Asociart promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000

Roche Playing Cards

Roche Pharmaceutical playing cards, 1980s.

Roche Playing Cards

Axe Deodorant

Clearly promoting good personal hygiene, each card shows a young, pouting female model posing seductively and appealing to the playboy.

Axe Deodorant

Smart Set 400

The “Smart Set 400” brand with named backs was introduced in c.1906 by the Kalamazoo Playing Card Co. in Michigan. Kalamazoo subsequently merged with the Russell Playing Card Co. in around 1913 or 1914. Thereafter the “Smart Set 400” series continued to be published by the Russell Playing Card Co.

Smart Set 400

Leonor Fini

The originality of Leonor Fini's work is evident in these playing card designs. The imagery of her paintings was loosely based on dreams and this led her to be associated with the Surrealists...

Leonor Fini

E. P. Franco

E. P. Franco, Naipes ‘El Brujo’, c.1953.

E. P. Franco

Casa Jacobo Peuser

Casa Jacobo Peuser was originally founded in 1867, and was involved in the importation of playing cards into Argentina during the period (approx.) c.1920-1950.

Casa Jacobo Peuser

Julio Laje

Julio Laje, importing agent for playing cards, Aconquija 2981, Buenos Aires, c.1930-1960.

Julio Laje

Bingo

Spanish-suited, Bingo-themed playing cards published in 2007 by Grupo AGG (Argentine Gaming Group) who owns the Bingo Avellaneda venues in Buenos Aires.

Bingo

Naipes de Truco

Naipes de Truco manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999

Naipes de Truco

La Española 2000 pattern

‘La Española 2000’ is a digitally re-drawn version of the original classic ‘La Española’ Spanish-suited pack and is produced in several sizes (standard, round, small and pocket).

La Española 2000  pattern

Old Smuggler

Old Smuggler Whisky playing cards manufactured by Gráfica 2001, Argentina

Old Smuggler

Aparcero

Naipes Argentinos 'La Partida' y 'Aparcero' published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos, Santa Fe.

Aparcero

Argentinian Playing Cards - Naipes Argentinos

Playing cards were introduced to the Americas with Spanish explorers such as Columbus or Cortés.

Argentinian Playing Cards - Naipes Argentinos

Juegos Victoria | Juguetes Royal

Juegos Victoria – Juguetes Royal – publishers of children’s card games in Argentina during the 1960s and ‘70s.

Juegos Victoria | Juguetes Royal

Justo Rodero e Hijos

Justo Rodero e Hijos, playing card manufacturer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Justo Rodero e Hijos

List of Manufacturers

List of Argentinian Playing Card Manufacturers from the 19th and 20th centuries.

List of Manufacturers

Gaucho Playing Cards

Florencio de los Ángeles Molina Campos (1891-1959) produced the artwork for his series of Gaucho playing cards from 1944 to 1958.

Gaucho Playing Cards

G. Berger, Buenos Aires, c.1935-50

Berger also produced a Hungarian-type "Seasons" pack with the brand name "La Estrella" and a six-pointed star logo, which was subsequently used by Domicelj and Vigor, suggesting some sort of business succession.

G. Berger, Buenos Aires, c.1935-50

Taller 4

Spanish-suited playing cards by TALLER 4, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.2000.

Taller 4

Nascal S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1960-80

Nascal S.R.L., Paisandu 760, Buenos Aires c.1960-80, manufacturers of plastic playing cards.

Nascal S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1960-80

Bedaumine Hnos, Bs Aires

Naipes Tipo Español 'El Vencedor', Bedaumine Hnos, Bs Aires

Bedaumine Hnos, Bs Aires

Alvarez Holmberg y Cia,

Alvarez Holmberg y Cia, playing card manufacturer, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1950-70

Alvarez Holmberg y Cia,

Casa Escasany

Naipes Casa Escasany ~ Magnificent novelty playing cards published by Casa Escasany, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1930s.

Casa Escasany

Cromy card games

Juegos de Cartas Cromy card games made in Argentina 1983-1995

Cromy card games

Baraja Aparcero

Designed to illustrate the history of four indigenous tribes who represent the roots of the Argentinean race.

Baraja Aparcero

Eduardo Antonio Chemmes

Playing cards published by E. A. Chemmes, Buenos Aires during the early 1950s. The cards were probably printed by Ernesto Flaiban.

Eduardo Antonio Chemmes

Falta Envido

Naipes Argentinos para Truco "Falta Envido" created by Alberto Soifer with Gaucho courts and variant suit symbols, 1982.

Falta Envido

Arlequin

Naipes Arlequin come in both International and Spanish versions.

Arlequin

Arms of English Peers

The Arms of English Peers playing cards were first published in 1686. Heraldry, or a knowledge of the arms and blazons of royalty was an important part of a respectable education.

Arms of English Peers

John Nixon Scrapbook, 1803

Transformation proofs from the John Nixon Scrapbook.

John Nixon Scrapbook, 1803

Fortune-Telling Cards

These Fortune-Telling cards, first published as early as 1690, were possibly the first pack of cards ever made specifically for the purpose of fortune-telling.

Fortune-Telling Cards

North German pattern

The North German pattern appeared in the mid-19th century, derived from the French ‘Paris’ pattern,

North German pattern

Delightful Cards, c.1723

Delightful Cards, containing variety of entertainment for young Ladies and Gentlemen c.1723.

Delightful Cards, c.1723

The Kiss, 1808

‘Aphorisms on the Kiss’ published by C. A. Solbrig, Leipzig, 1808.

The Kiss, 1808

Forrest Cards, c.1750s

Hand-coloured Forrest Cards produced for “Young Gentlemen & Ladys who are Lovers of Ingenuity”, c.1750s.

Forrest Cards, c.1750s

Jeu des Drapeaux c.1816

“Jeu des Drapeaux” commemorating Napoleon’s greatest battles, c.1816.

Jeu des Drapeaux c.1816

Jeu de la Géographie

“Jeu de Géographie” educational playing cards etched by Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) and published by Henry le Gras, c.1644.

Jeu de la Géographie

XVII Century Engraved Animal Cards

French suited German engraved cards c1610 to 1650,

XVII Century Engraved Animal Cards

Illustrated Playing Cards, c.1740

Illustrated playing cards featuring comical engravings and rhymes about saints, c.1740.

Illustrated Playing Cards, c.1740

Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne

“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.

Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne

Bubble Cards, 1720

Bubble Cards - known as “All the Bubbles”, c.1720.

Bubble Cards, 1720

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800.

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards

The Royal Historical Game of Cards

The Royal Historical Game of Cards invented by Jane Roberts and published by Robert Hardwicke, c.1840.

The Royal Historical Game of Cards

Unknown Publisher

Playing Cards by Unknown Publisher, Georgia (Russia) 1920s.

Unknown Publisher

Playing Cards in Honduras

Honduras shares a long tradition with Spain in the field of playing cards.

Playing Cards in Honduras

Thomas Murner

Logica Memorativa Playing Cards by Thomas Murner, 1507

Thomas Murner

Peter Flötner, c.1545

Seven cards from a satirical pack produced by Peter Flötner of Nuremberg, c.1545. The suit symbols are acorns, leaves, bells and hearts. The block-cutter and publisher was Franz Christoph Zell.

Peter Flötner, c.1545

Unsun Karuta

Unsun Karuta うんすんかるた Japan c.1780.

Unsun Karuta

Japanese Playing Cards

Japanese playing cards include: 'Awase' or 'matching pairs' cards and Portuguese or Spanish-derived 'Dragon' type cards.

Japanese Playing Cards

Las Cartas de Tacuabe by Manos del Uruguay

Tacuabé was a Charrúa native from Uruguay, an indigenous tribe that became extinct following European conquest and colonisation.

Las Cartas de Tacuabe by Manos del Uruguay

Playing Cards designed by Alvaros

Playing Cards designed by Alvaros, published by Eduardo Carrión, Montevideo, 2000

Playing Cards designed by Alvaros

Escalada y Vidiella, Montevideo c.1860

Cards from a 40-card pack made in Belgium by Antoine van Genechten exclusively for the firm "Escalada y Vidiella" based in Montevideo (Uruguay) in c.1860.

Escalada y Vidiella, Montevideo c.1860

Uruguay playing card tax

In 1806 the Council of Concepción del Uruguay imposed an 8 Peso tax on card and billiard tables on account of “the detrimental effect on poor and innocent people”

Uruguay playing card tax

Naipes Tatú

Naipes Tatú, M.C. de Casabó S.A., Montevideo, c.1956

Naipes Tatú

Naipes “El Gaucho”, c.1955-60

Naipes “El Gaucho” Manufactured by Gráficos Unidos S.A., Montevideo, c.1955-60

Naipes “El Gaucho”, c.1955-60

Naipes Artiguistas, 1816

Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.

Naipes Artiguistas, 1816

Naipes ‘Miguelito’

The standard Spanish-suited 'Parisian' style (Tipo Frances) is based on models exported to South America by French manufacturers during the nineteenth century.

Naipes ‘Miguelito’

Naipes ‘Retruco’

Naipes ‘Retruco’ published by Fantasias S.A., Montevideo, c.1980.

Naipes ‘Retruco’

Naipes ‘La Criolla’ by Anabella Corsi

Inspired by an archaic Spanish pattern formerly used in Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Naipes ‘La Criolla’ by Anabella Corsi

The ‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern

A version of the old Spanish National pattern which was manufactured by Parisian card makers in the 19th century for export to South America.

The ‘Parisian’ Spanish pattern

Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay

100th anniversary of the Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay, 1999.

Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay

Naipes ‘Tito’, Camilloni Hnos

Naipes ‘Tito’, Camilloni Hnos, Montevideo, c.1950.

Naipes ‘Tito’, Camilloni Hnos

Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino

Naipes Conrad Punta del Este Casino playing cards produced specially for Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino. .

Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino

Naipes ‘El Gaucho’

Naipes ‘El Gaucho’ manufactured and distributed by Caraven S.A., Montevideo, Uruguay, c.1990s.

Naipes ‘El Gaucho’

Naipes ‘El Gaucho’ by Cervantes S.A., Montevideo, c.1970s

Naipes ‘El Gaucho’ manufactured and distributed by Cervantes S.A., Montevideo, c.1970s.

Naipes ‘El Gaucho’ by Cervantes S.A., Montevideo, c.1970s

Naipes ‘American’

Naipes ‘American’ by M.C. de CASABÓ Ltda, Montevideo, c.1950.

Naipes ‘American’

Naipes ‘Jaque’ by Casabó S.A., c.1997

Naipes ‘Jaque’ Catalan pattern manufactured by Casabó S.A. for Laboratorios Gautier, c.1997.

Naipes ‘Jaque’ by Casabó S.A., c.1997

Naipes ‘Bambú’

Naipes ‘Bambú’ manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Montevideo, c.1950

Naipes ‘Bambú’

The Monkey

‘The Monkey’ poker playing cards manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Uruguay, c.1950.

The Monkey

Uruguayan Playing Cards

Until the 19th century playing cards were imported into Uruguay from Spain.

Uruguayan Playing Cards

Proverbs and Maxims

Naipe Infantil Gauchito children’s miniature playing cards with Proverbs and Maxims on the reverse,

Proverbs and Maxims

Instituto Nacional de Calidad 2006 awards

Spanish-suited playing cards made specially for the Instituto Nacional de Calidad 2006 awards.

Instituto Nacional de Calidad 2006 awards

Walt Disney playing cards

‘Naipes Donald’, children's miniature Spanish-suited Walt Disney playing cards, Uruguay, c.1990.

Walt Disney playing cards

Children’s miniature football player cards, Montevideo, c.1928

Miniature children’s playing cards with photographs of football players on the reverse.

Children’s miniature football player cards, Montevideo, c.1928

Spanish playing cards for Yerba Armiño

Spanish-suited playing cards for Yerba Armiño, anonymous manufacturer probably made in China.

Spanish playing cards for Yerba Armiño

Popular heroes and celebrities

Miniature children's playing cards depicting popular heroes and celebrities on the backs, Montevideo, c.1928.

Popular heroes and celebrities

Scooby-Doo! playing cards for Hellmann’s Magic

Miniature Spanish-suited playing cards featuring Scooby-Doo! made specially for Hellmann’s.

Scooby-Doo! playing cards for Hellmann’s Magic

Radisson Hotels

Playing cards for Radisson Hotels - Casinos del Estado - Victoria Plaza, Montevideo, Uruguay, c.2009.

Radisson Hotels

Chocolondo by Famosa

Chocolondo Waffle deck for Famosa.

Chocolondo by Famosa

Las Cartas de Sara

Las Cartas de Sara (Yerba Mate) based on an idea by Diego Silva Pintos and illustrated by Hogue. Produced by Color/9, c.2003.

Las Cartas de Sara

Naipes ‘Baccarat’

An example of the typical version of the Spanish Catalan pattern which is widely used in South American countries, especially Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Naipes ‘Baccarat’

Naipes Victoria Gaucho

Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited, gaucho-themed pack celebrating the culture and traditions of the gauchos.

Naipes Victoria Gaucho

Supermercados CHIP

Supermercados CHIP playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1979

Supermercados CHIP

Copa de Oro 1980

Naipes “Copa de Oro 1980” manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1980.

Copa de Oro 1980

Gibraltar

Playing Cards in Gibraltar.

Gibraltar

Backofen

Deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800.

Backofen

Forster

Deck made by Johann Jobst Forster, Nürnberg, first half of 18th century in the Paris pattern.

Forster

Narren-Karte, c.1860

Narren-Karte by Christian Heinrich Reuter, Nürnberg, c.1860.

Narren-Karte, c.1860

Joseph Losch

French-suited pack with full-length courts by Joseph Losch, c.1800.

Joseph Losch

Verkehrte-Welt-Tarock

"Verkehrte-Welt-Tarock” (reverse world ?) manufactured by Christian Theodor Sutor (fl. 1823-1854), Naumburg, around 1850.

Verkehrte-Welt-Tarock

Bergmannskarte

Bergmannskarte, manufactured by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1816.

Bergmannskarte

Fortune Telling Deck, c.1818

Fortune Telling Deck by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig c.1818.

Fortune Telling Deck, c.1818

Victory Deck

Victory deck commemorating the Liberation war by Friedrich Gotthelf Baumgärtner, Leipzig, 1815.

Victory Deck

Hong Kong

Playing Cards from Hong Kong. A large proportion of the world's souvenir and pin-up playing cards originate from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Souvenir

Hong Kong Souvenir playing cards.

Hong Kong Souvenir

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

Gibson, Hunt & Son

Gibson originally took over the business of Blanchard in 1769. Gibson & Hunt operated briefly (1801-1803) and were followed successively by Hunt & Son (1804-1821), Hunt & Sons (1821-1840), Hall (& Son), Hall & Bancks and finally Bancks Brothers (1841-89).

Gibson, Hunt & Son

J & W Mitchell, Birmingham

This rare Victorian manufacturer made standard English playing cards for a short period during the late 1880s and early 1890s.

J & W Mitchell, Birmingham

Hunt & Sons, 1820-1849

Hunt & Sons (1820-1849) was the first maker to modernise the court card designs with a complete re-drawing.

Hunt & Sons, 1820-1849

History of English Playing Cards & Games

The History of English Playing Cards dates probably from the mid 15th century

History of English Playing Cards & Games

Mardon, Son & Hall of Bristol, branch of the Imperial Tobacco Company

A division of Imperial Tobacco, they appear to have made cards almost exclusively for the cigarette token market, which flourished during the 1930s.

Mardon, Son & Hall of Bristol, branch of the Imperial Tobacco Company

Hunt, 1790-1801

Packs manufactured by Hunt, c.1800.

Hunt, 1790-1801

Gibson & Co., c.1770

Standard English playing cards manufactured by Gibson & Co., c.1770.

Gibson & Co., c.1770

Hardy

The Hardy family of playing card manufacturers began with Henry Hardy (1784-89) and continued through to Hardy & Sons who finally closed down in c.1840.

Hardy

Counties of England

Jaques’ Counties of England card game.

Counties of England

Entente Cordiale

Jaques' The Entente Cordiale Card Game, c.1905.

Entente Cordiale

National Gallery (British School)

Jaques' The National Gallery Card Game, c.1895.

National Gallery (British School)

Jaques Advertising Leaflet

Jaques Advertising Leaflet showing Lawn tennis, Table Billiards, Staunton Chess, Croquet, etc.

Jaques Advertising Leaflet

London Post

Jaques' The London Post Card Game, c.1895.

London Post

Kingdoms of Europe

A collecting game published in two series: the first series featuring Western Europe and the second series Eastern/Southern Europe.

Kingdoms of Europe

J.L. & J. Turnbull

An ‘Old Frizzle’ Ace of Spades was assigned to them in 1833. In 1853 James L. & J. Turnbull were listed as ‘Makers of Playing Cards, Pasteboard, Paper Glossers and Pressers and Drawing Board Makers.

J.L. & J. Turnbull

Imperial Royal Pack

Imperial Royal Playing Cards published by S. & J. Fuller, 34 Rathbone Place, London, 1828. The court cards show bust portraits of historical figures of England, Spain, Turkey and France.

Imperial Royal Pack

William Warter

William Warter's Proverbial Cards, which carry illustrations of old English proverbs, were first published in 1698.

William Warter

Quits

Jaques' Quits card game, c.1880-85, with portraits of monarchs inside suit symbols in red, blue and yellow, designed to assist in the education of school children in British history.

Quits

Snap

Snap, the Old Original Game, has captured the imaginations of children for over a century!

Snap

The Great Galumphus

The “Great Galumphus” card game from the 1920s shows various comic animals with their names printed alongside, designed by Miss Jessie Veal.

The Great Galumphus

Wills’s Happy Families game

Wills’s “Happy Families” cards were issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain and Ireland) Limited in around 1930.

Wills’s Happy Families game

Porterprint Ltd

Porterprint was a printing business based in Leeds (UK) which manufactured playing cards during the period c.1930-1980.

Porterprint Ltd

Andersons of Edinburgh

Andersons of Edinburgh began publishing playing cards in the late 1920s and several brands are known, including ‘Clan Tartan’, ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Thistle’

Andersons of Edinburgh

Monsters

A collective of artists known as Monster Illustration produced a deck entitled “Monsters” in 2004.

Monsters

Jest Jokers

Peter Wood’s “Jest Jokers” comprising 54 different Joker designs made into a full pack of cards.

Jest Jokers

Noah’s Deck

“Noah’s Deck” designed by Ljiljana Rylands, c.1990.

Noah’s Deck

Theakston Brewery

Theakston Brewery advertising playing cards depicting old brewing traditions, tools and skills, designed in the style of early 18th century cards.

Theakston Brewery

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear playing cards designed by Peter Wood for Lyons Quickbrew Tea.

Teddy Bear

Candid Confessions

“Candid Confessions” published by Jaques & Son, Ltd, c.1905.

Candid Confessions

Salute!

Salute! The Four Services promotion game by John Jaques & Son Ltd, London, c.1940.

Salute!

30: The Not-So-Minor Cardmakers of the 19th Century - Gibson, Hunt & Bancks

A preliminary look at the card-makers operating in the 19th century.

30: The Not-So-Minor Cardmakers of the 19th Century - Gibson, Hunt & Bancks

20: English Card-Makers 1761-1905

An initial survey of 19th century playing-card production. More detailed information appears on other pages.

20: English Card-Makers 1761-1905

Teddy Bear Pack

The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994

Teddy Bear Pack

2000 Pips Transformation

Peter Wood’s “2000Pips” transformed playing cards reveal the artist’s love of nature.

2000 Pips Transformation

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast Game

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast card game, ©1997.

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast Game

I. Hardy facsimile

Facsimile edition of 19th century I. Hardy Exportation deck complete with reproduction tax wrapper, c.1990s.

I. Hardy facsimile

Counties of England 4th Series

Jaques' Counties of England card game, 4th Series (Southern Counties), c.1910.

Counties of England 4th Series

Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England

Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England

Weights and Measures

“Weights and Measures” card game by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., c.1910, a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement.

Weights and Measures

Skits

Skits, an instructive card game which sharpens the wits, c.1900.

Skits

Sam

SAM by J. Jaques & Son Ltd.

Sam

April 2022

Fournier’s Castilian pattern

Designed by Emilio Soubrier, Ignacio Díaz and Augusto Rius during the 1880s as a new definitive national pattern.

Fournier’s Castilian pattern

Playing cards in Wales - Welsh playing cards

Whereas the distinctiveness of Wales is an important resource contributing to the rich texture of variety which characterises the island of Britain, to date no Welsh playing cards cards have been found which were actually manufactured in Wales.

Playing cards in Wales - Welsh playing cards

La Traviata

“La Traviata” playing cards designed by Erté, c.1985.

La Traviata

Liverpool Daily Post

“Mercury” playing cards produced for the Liverpool Cooperative Society, printed by the Liverpool Daily Post, c.1930

Liverpool Daily Post

John Player Special

John Player Special non-standard playing cards created by the illustrator Nick Price, 1987

John Player Special

Adventure Time

‘Adventure Time’ cult sci-fi playing cards published by Forbidden Planet.

Adventure Time

Army Health Promotion

Health Promotion playing cards issued by the British Army with cartoons about army life and information on where to get health advice.

Army Health Promotion

Legendary Land’s End

“Legendary Land’s End” deck by John Hinde showing photographic views of Land’s End, Cornwall (UK)

Legendary Land’s End

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester (Glevum Brand) ‘Old Maid’ card game, 1920s.

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester

Jacqueline Wilson Playing Cards

“Jacqueline Wilson” playing cards were illustrated by Nick Sharratt and published by Winning Moves UK Ltd in 2007.

Jacqueline Wilson Playing Cards

Spanish Playing Cards

Spain has played a pivotal role in the history of playing cards in Europe and Latin America.

Spanish Playing Cards

Trophy Whist

Trophy Whist No.39 playing cards published by the the United States Playing Card Co., 1895.

Trophy Whist

Boudoir

“Boudoir” playing cards were introduced by Chas Goodall & Son in 1906 in a new, slimmer size.

Boudoir

Disney Princess

Disney Princess lenticular deck. Each card has two images, one when viewed straight on, and another when viewed from a side angle; both slightly 3D

Disney Princess

The Simpsons™

The official ‘Simpsons’ playing cards produced by Winning Moves Games, 2003.

The Simpsons™

Pneumatic Playing Cards

The surface of the cards was slightly grooved by being rolled on prepared plates, so that there were little pockets of air between each card, which prevented them sticking together.

Pneumatic Playing Cards

The Simpsons Playing Cards by Blackout Brother

These Simpsons playing cards were created for a t-shirt competition. Each card representing a member of the Simpsons family.

The Simpsons Playing Cards by Blackout Brother

Glorious Colección 1995

Spanish-suited playing cards featuring the ‘Glorious’ ladies swimwear collection for 1995, designed by Estudio Fileni/Mendióroz.

Glorious Colección 1995

Matrix Reloaded

Matrix Reloaded playing cards published anonymously, 2003.

Matrix Reloaded

Disney Collectible Cards

Disney collectable cards showing scenes from Disney animated movies, printed in Poland by KZWP-Trefl, 2003.

Disney Collectible Cards

Hello Kitty

“Hello Kitty” playing cards published by Sanrio, manufactured in China, 2013

Hello Kitty

Star Wars Episode 1

“STAR WARS Episode 1” playing cards printed by U.S. Playing Card Co., c.1999

Star Wars Episode 1

Hello Kitty

Waddington’s “Hello Kitty” themed deck produced in 2009.

Hello Kitty

DC Comics Originals

Waddingtons ‘DC Comics Originals’ deck from 2014 featuring ‘Batman’,‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Justice League’ and ‘Superman’

DC Comics Originals

007 Guns & Gadgets

“007 Guns & Gadgets” themed playing cards printed by Carta Mundi, 2005.

007 Guns & Gadgets

Dr Who

Dr Who is a long-running science-fiction television series produced by the BBC, first airing in 1963.

Dr Who

Dr Who Adventures

‘Doctor Who Adventures’ is a weekly magazine aimed at younger readers. From time to time free playing cards are included with the magazine

Dr Who Adventures

Star Wars

‘Star Wars’ playing cards produced by Character Games, 2002

Star Wars

Mr. Men™

Mr. Men™ & Little Miss™ playing cards by Roger Hargreaves

Mr. Men™

Pneumatic Series ‘F’

De la Rue Pneumatic Series ‘F’ playing cards, c.1925.

Pneumatic Series ‘F’

7: Brands and Packs

The introduction of brands commenced during the late 19th century as a development of the old qualities: Moguls, Harrys, Highlanders and Merry Andrews.

7: Brands and Packs

Game of Thrones

“Game of Thrones” playing cards are an official fan deck associated with the HBO adaptation of the books by George R.R. Martin.

Game of Thrones

Doctor Who

Doctor Who fan cards produced by Winning Moves under the Waddington's label, 2015.

Doctor Who

007 Die Another Day

“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002.

007 Die Another Day

Mickey Kids

Mickey Kids playing cards from Disney.

Mickey Kids

Family Guy

Family Guy merchandise deck licensed and copyright by Fox 2010.

Family Guy

Hogwarts

Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.

Hogwarts

Harry Potter

Harry Potter Spanish-suited deck made in Argentina, c.2001.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005.

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

World of Harry Potter

World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019.

World of Harry Potter

The 72 Names Cards

The 72 Names Cards based on the Kabbalistic "72 Names of God" and the metaphysical artwork of Orna Ben-Shoshan, Raanana, Israel.

The 72 Names Cards

Jacob’s Bible Cards

Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Card Factory Ltd, Tel Aviv, 1980s

Jacob’s Bible Cards

Manx Playing Card Stamps

Isle of Man stamp issue based upon the history of Manx themed playing cards, featuring six fascinating, full colour stamps showing antique playing cards.

Manx Playing Card Stamps

New Jacob’s Bible Cards

New Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards, Tel Aviv

New Jacob’s Bible Cards

El Al Airlines

El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970.

El Al Airlines

Irish Heroic

The costumes and details of this pack are in the spirit of "The Heroic Period of Irish History".

Irish Heroic

Ormond Printing Co. Ltd

During the 1930s The Ormond Printing Co. Ltd produced playing cards for the Irish market with a distinctive ace of spades, joker and court cards. In 1935 the firm was acquired as a manufacturing facility for Waddington’s cards in Eire.

Ormond Printing Co. Ltd

Irish Playing Cards

Playing card designs based on motifs from early Irish manuscripts and metalwork.

Irish Playing Cards

Ireland Homepage

During the nineteenth century playing cards were being produced in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

Ireland Homepage

Views of Ireland

Selected views of Ireland Souvenir playing cards published by the Irish Tourist Association, 1950s

Views of Ireland

Rihards Zarinš

Playing cards designed by Rihards Zarinš, 1921. Latvian indices and with heraldic and hunting motifs reminiscent of the countries' ancient history and folklore.

Rihards Zarinš

Icelandic Chess playing cards

Innovative "Icelandic Chess" pack, designed by Tryggvi Magnússon and manufactured by Alf Cooke Ltd (Universal Playing Card Co., Leeds) in 1942.

Icelandic Chess playing cards

Korea

The game of Hanafunda was introduced into Korea by the Japanese and modified somewhat by the Koreans.

Korea

Celtic Journey

Celtic Journey playing cards - where art and culture meet - designed by Carmen G. Carballeira, 2011

Celtic Journey

Irish Historic

Irish Historic Playing Cards celebrating history and art, 1920.

Irish Historic

Irish Playing Card Mfg Co

Irish Playing Card Manufacturing Company.

Irish Playing Card Mfg Co

Korean Hwatu

Hwatu (화투) cards originally came about because gambling with four-suited decks was outlawed. This ban prompted the creation of new decks and a new game.

Korean Hwatu

Feardiadh at the Ford jig-saw

Feardiadh at the Ford jig-saw book with illustration by Kathleen Ennis, c.1940.

Feardiadh at the Ford jig-saw

Adventures in Korea

Each card has a colour drawing of a Korean building, museum or tourist attraction with a brief description and details of how to get there.

Adventures in Korea

Girls’ Generation

“Girls’ Generation” (Korean: 소녀시대; Sonyeo Shidae) is a nine-member South Korean pop girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007.

Girls’ Generation

Seoul Tower Hwatu

This special ‘Hwatu’ card set has all the traditional 48 flower cards given a modern graphic treatment.

Seoul Tower Hwatu

Quantum

Quantum playing cards designed by Catherine Geaney.

Quantum

Palekh by Aleksey Orleansky

In the style of religious icon paintings, these court card figures wear costumes reminiscent of the mid-17th century.

Palekh by Aleksey Orleansky

East Slavonic Mythology

East Slavonic Mythology designed by Aleksey Orleansky (1994) featuring creatures from the watery underworld.

East Slavonic Mythology

Playboy Fragrances, 2010

In 2010 Playboy Fragrances (Coty) released a 'gaming' set promotion comprising two decks of identical cards, one set of five dice and poker chips.

Playboy Fragrances, 2010

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

“Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels” playing cards based on the cult film, 1999.

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

Millennium

‘Millennium’ limited edition playing cards by Carta Mundi, 1999

Millennium

Manchester United

Deck produced for Manchester United Football Club published in 2006.

Manchester United

Card Games for Kids

Card Games for Kids by Hamlyn 2004.

Card Games for Kids

Chérie

Chérie No 7022 designed by Hans & Louise Neupert, nice vibrant artwork, swinging 60s

Chérie

Munteres Mogeln

Munteres Mogeln (Cheerful Cheating) in-flight card game for Lufthansa.

Munteres Mogeln

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider 20 Years Commemorative Deck, 2016.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! promotional playing cards, 1997.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

Yowie

Yowie Game Cards, a promotional item supplied by Cadbury Ltd and published by Kidcorp, c.1999.

Yowie

Guinness Posters

Classic Guinness Posters, 1999.

Guinness Posters

Lovely Day for a Guinness

Lovely Day for a Guinness deck published by Shamrock Gift Co Dublin, c.1980.

Lovely Day for a Guinness

Irish Legendary

Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990.

Irish Legendary

Carousel Playing Cards

Carousel Playing Cards commissioned by Tesco stores, 2019.

Carousel Playing Cards

Gironda

8 cards and two jokers from the 'Gironda' pack, showing eminent statesmen and politicians from Lithuania from the 1990s.

Gironda

Dviracio Kortos, 2001

Dviracio Kortos playing cards, based on 'Dviracio Zynios' ('The Bicycle's News'), a popular Lithuanian TV comedy show, in which actors satirize the vices and follies of modern society.

Dviracio Kortos, 2001

Lithuanian Playing Cards

During the 20th century Lithuanian printers produced striking playing cards containing Lithuanian symbols and national heroes.

Lithuanian Playing Cards

Latvian Playing Cards

The best Latvian playing cards were produced just after independence, during the period 1921-1942.

Latvian Playing Cards

Karlis Padegs

Karlis Padegs (1911-1940) was a Latvian artist who designed 17 playing cards in 1936 - joker, aces, kings, queens and jacks.

Karlis Padegs

Alfreds Scwedrevitz

This pack was issued during wartime, in 1936, under the name “Latvian Red Cross Cards No.7”.

Alfreds Scwedrevitz

Stefans Bercs

In 1923 a competition was announced for a new Latvian pack. The winner of this competition was Stefans Bercs.

Stefans Bercs

Reinholds Kasparsons

Reinholds Kasparsons, a popular Latvian illustrator of the day, designed this pack which was published as The Best Quality Playing cards No.1 in 1932.

Reinholds Kasparsons

Deakin’s 1st edition

Deakin & Co., 45 Eastcheap, London EC published a political pack in 1886 with caricatures of political figures relating to the Irish Home Rule movement which was a contentious issue of the day.

Deakin’s 1st edition

Black Peter, c.1940

Black Peter card deck for children printed in Riga during World War II, believed to have been designed by a Latvian artist.

Black Peter, c.1940

Klubams

Klubams (for the clubs) playing cards manufactured in Lithuania by Spindulys Printing House (Kaunas), c.1930.

Klubams

Kunigaiksciai

Kunigaiksciai ('Dukes') playing cards published by Spindulys Printing Co., Kaunas, Lithuania during the period c.1920-1940.

Kunigaiksciai

Gedimino Stulpai

Gedimino Stulpai playing cards made in Lithuania by Spindulys Printing Co., Kaunas, depicting Lithuanian national symbolism.

Gedimino Stulpai

Istorinės

Istorinės Historical Deck from Lithuania manufactured by Spindulys Playing Card Manufactory, Kaunas, c.1930s

Istorinės

Vaivorykste

Vaivorykštė ('the Rainbow') playing cards manufactured in Lithuania by Spindulys, 1930s. The deck has been reprinted by Fournier (Spain, 2004) and also in Lithuania.

Vaivorykste

Pilys

'Pilys' playing cards ('Castles') manufactured in Lithuania by Spindulys Printing House, Kaunas, c.1930-40.

Pilys

Orija Nr.20

Reprint of “Lettische Trachten” deck first published in Latvia in 1918.

Orija Nr.20

Zole

Alfreds Scwedrevitz playing card designs used to advertise Zole Vodka but which were never published.

Zole

Karlis Krauze

Latvian Patience Cards designed by Karlis Krauze, mid 1930s

Karlis Krauze

Privātā

The editors of “Privātā Dzīve” magazine conceived the idea for this new pack, which was designed by artist Lidmila Bulikina and printed by LGL Stils, Ltd in June 2001.

Privātā

Latvia Art

Playing cards designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of the Latvian folk epic “Lāčplēsis”.

Latvia Art

South American Gaucho Playing Cards

Gaucho Playing Cards from South America

South American Gaucho Playing Cards

Four Races

“Four Races” playing cards designed by Latvian artist Vilnis Rasa in 1989.

Four Races

Deakin’s 3rd edition

Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888.

Deakin’s 3rd edition

Eldar by Memco

‘Eldar’ upholstery fabrics advertising deck by Middle East Manufacturing Co of Beirut, Lebanon, c.1960.

Eldar by Memco

Lexicon

The summer of 1932 saw the introduction of Lexicon, when a small edition was produced and sold to test the market.

Lexicon

27: Cards at Strangers’ Hall, Norwich

There is a very interesting collection of playing cards held at the Strangers' Hall Museum in Norwich.

27: Cards at Strangers’ Hall, Norwich

Little Britain

“Little Britain” fan deck published by the BBC in 2005.

Little Britain

Mr Punch’s Playing Cards

Mr Punch’s Playing Cards, 1896.

Mr Punch’s Playing Cards

Picture Rummy

Picture Rummy by R. Turner Ltd, 1937.

Picture Rummy

Social Network Playing Cards

Gwénolé Jaffrédou has designed a selection of social networking playing cards; featuring websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Social Network Playing Cards

Notched Construction Cards

Two Notched Construction Card Sets by Shackman & Co, N.Y. 1970s.

Notched Construction Cards

Sentinels Playing Cards by Jeffrey Bucholtz

A pack illustrated by Jeffrey Bucholtz inspired by ancient Egypt’s religious and philosophical system of Hermeticism.

Sentinels Playing Cards by Jeffrey Bucholtz

Thomson-Leng Tarot

The Thomson-Leng Tarot Cards were issued by the publishers of women's magazines during the 1930s. The cards are loosely based upon the Rider-Waite tarot.

Thomson-Leng Tarot

English Tarot Cards

The game of tarot was not widely accepted in England until the 1870s when a number of English occultists had begun taking an interest.

English Tarot Cards

Insight Institute

During the late 1940s and 1950s The Insight Institute, of New Malden in Surrey, ran correspondence courses on the Tarot, which consisted of lessons with homework which was checked by tutors as well as a set of 'Authenticated' Tarot cards.

Insight Institute

Inner Realms Tarot

Inner Realms was conceived from sacred geometry that inspired me to create and then pick out pieces of that design that amazed me, or inspired me to create another design...

Inner Realms Tarot

Cheery Families, c.1893

Cheery Families card game designed by Richard Doyle and printed by De La Rue & Co., Ltd, c.1893

Cheery Families, c.1893

Bag of Bones

Bag of Bones playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008.

Bag of Bones

Mermaid Queen

Mermaid Queen playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008

Mermaid Queen

Pack of Dogs

Pack of Dogs. Every card tells a story...

Pack of Dogs

Kitten Club

From Empresses to King Cats and One-Eyed Jacks, every game is a pageant of unforgettable cats, each with a story to tell...

Kitten Club

Inky-Dinky Playing Cards

A series of four decks designed by John Littleboy.

Inky-Dinky Playing Cards

Tarot of Musterberg

Designed by Cesare Asaro to simulate decks from the 1700s or earlier, the Tarot of Musterberg is based on the traditional Tarot de Marseille but with an imaginary historical background.

Tarot of Musterberg

Alison McDonald

Artwork for The Watersprite Tarot© designed and painted by Alison McDonald.

Alison McDonald

Watersprite tarot

The vibrant colours and artwork glorify the symbolism, mood and positive energy in this exciting new tarot deck from Australia.

Watersprite tarot

Basler Fasnachts-Karten

The Basler Fasnachts deck is designed each year by a different local artist.

Basler Fasnachts-Karten

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.

Stairs of Gold Tarot

Animal Tarot

Woodblock and stencil Animal Tarot cards, probably of German origin, 2nd half 18th century.

Animal Tarot

Nintendo Mario Playing Cards

Special cartoon playing cards designed to accompany Nintendo's Mario series of computer games.

Nintendo Mario Playing Cards

Demograffik Playing Cards by Hurlyburly Games

Paul Janzen and Troy Sullivan also know as Hurlyburly Games have created a unique pack to showcase the multicultural flavour of the world through playing cards.

Demograffik Playing Cards by Hurlyburly Games

Parks and Recreation Playing Cards

Custom playing cards based on the TV series Parks and Recreation.

Parks and Recreation Playing Cards

Oliver Mundy tarot

Original Tarot designs in Italian Renaissance style by Oliver Mundy.

Oliver Mundy tarot

Superman

Superman World Hero™ playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi

Superman

De Kloof

Advertising Playing Cards printed by Drukkerij Juten, published by “De Kloof” of Bergen op Zoom, Holland, c.1970

De Kloof

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland card game based on original designs by Sir John Tenniel published by Thomas De la Rue & Co. Ltd, c.1900

Alice in Wonderland

Firefly Playing Cards

The first-ever officially licensed Firefly Playing Cards. A tribute to the Firefly TV series, featuring iconic symbols and images from the Firefly universe.

Firefly Playing Cards

Esquire Magazine

Promotional deck produced by the British gentleman’s magazine “Esquire” c.2002.

Esquire Magazine

Fable III

“Fable III” playing cards created by Lionhead Studios depicting characters in the role-playing video game published by Microsoft Game Studios in 2010

Fable III

Olympics 2012

Each card features a representation of a different sport at the London 2012 Olympic or Paralympic games.

Olympics 2012

Wallace & Gromit

Wallace & Gromit playing cards published by Marks & Spencer, 2009.

Wallace & Gromit

40 Years of Fear Jaws Playing Cards

This special pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of the film Jaws.

40 Years of Fear Jaws Playing Cards

DC Comic Bombshells

Stylish playing cards featuring the glamorous, superpowered female stars of the alternate reality world of DC Comics, published by 'Forbidden Planet', 2015

DC Comic Bombshells

Peter Pan

“Peter Pan” pictorial card game published by H. P. Gibson & Sons Ltd in c.1912 and manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd from drawings by Charles A. Buchel (1872–1950).

Peter Pan

Prime Arts

Prime Arts Playing Cards were published in 2004 featuring the work of contemporary artists, illustrators and photographers.

Prime Arts

Housewives Tarot

The ‘Housewives Tarot’ designed by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum, published by Quirk Books, 2004.

Housewives Tarot

Plants vs. Zombies UNO Card Set

Plants vs. Zombies UNO card set Chinese edition, licensed by Mattel East Asia Limited, 2011.

Plants vs. Zombies UNO Card Set

UNO

UNO Indonesian edition, licensed by Mattel for sale in Far Eastern countries, 2011

UNO

Angry Birds UNO

Angry Birds UNO manufactured in China, 2003.

Angry Birds UNO

Aleister Crowley Tarot – the sombre luminary

Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943

Aleister Crowley Tarot – the sombre luminary

Le Grand Tarot Belline

“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881).

Le Grand Tarot Belline

Rolla Nordic Tarot

Rolla Nordic Tarot was drawn by Paul Mathison.

Rolla Nordic Tarot

Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is a free web site offering new versions of the classic solitaire card game

Spider Solitaire

Alice

Alice card game published by Pepys in 1952, based on the Walt Disney film “Alice in Wonderland”.

Alice

Peter and the Pirates

Peter and the Pirates by Pepys Games, 1955.

Peter and the Pirates

Peter Pan

Peter Pan by Pepys Games, first edition 1939.

Peter Pan

Robin Hood

Robin Hood card game published by Pepys, 1956.

Robin Hood

Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol Jumbo Playing Cards by Cardinal 2016.

Paw Patrol

Lego Batman Movie

Lego Batman Movie playing cards, 2017

Lego Batman Movie

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game.

Final Fantasy VII

Flintstones Happy Families

Flintstones Happy Families by J. W. Spear and Sons, c.1960.

Flintstones Happy Families

Bicycle Cybertech

Bicycle Cybertech playing cards inspired by cyberpunk genre, illustrated by Jamie Meza, 2019.

Bicycle Cybertech

Mask

Mask card game published by Cromy, Argentina, 1988.

Mask

Wonderland Misfitz

Wonderland Misfitz by C.W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd, c.1908.

Wonderland Misfitz

Capilettor

Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978.

Capilettor

Alice in Wonderland Snap

Alice in Wonderland “Snap” 1 penny game from 1920s or 30s, made in Germany, anonymous manufacturer.

Alice in Wonderland Snap

Inspector Gadget

The Adventures of Inspector Gadget quartet game published by Fournier in 1983.

Inspector Gadget

Alice

Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Alice

Promote your Kickstarter Project on WoPC

We're always on the lookout for new and interesting Kickstarter projects to feature on the World of Playing Cards. If you are in the process of creating a playing card-related Kickstarter project, or if you have seen an interesting project that we should promote, we'd like to work with you to maximise the potential of your campaign.

Promote your Kickstarter Project on WoPC

Whitman card games

In the 1970s Whitman Publishing Co. ordered a series of popular games from Hong Kong for the UK market.

Whitman card games

Paddington

Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman.

Paddington

Tarocco Piedmontese by Fabrica de Naipes La Primitiva, Bs Aires

Tarocco Piedmontese by Fabrica de Naipes La Primitiva, Defensa 125, Buenos Aires c.1890.

Tarocco Piedmontese by Fabrica de Naipes La Primitiva, Bs Aires

Tarocco Piedmontese, Buenos Aires c.1900

Tarocco Piedmontese by Fabrica de Naipes La Primitiva, Moreno 248, Buenos Aires c.1900

Tarocco Piedmontese, Buenos Aires c.1900

Taroquis ‘Obelisco’

78-card 'Taroquis Marca Obelisco' published by Mario Colombo, Buenos Aires, during the 1950s, 60s & 70s, in the style known as "Tarocco Piemontese" which had been developed by Italian cardmakers during the nineteenth century.

Taroquis ‘Obelisco’

Mini-Poker

Mini-Poker miniature playing cards made in China.

Mini-Poker

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai.

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker

Pomorski Poker

Pomorski Poker (Pomeranian Poker) is a gallery of characters from the region: politicians, media, culture, athletes, entrepreneurial women, etc.

Pomorski Poker

Cartomancy and Divination Cards

Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy.

Cartomancy and Divination Cards

Chinese Playing Cards

The Chinese took their cards with them wherever they travelled and traded in the East, and we find Chinese cards in use not only in the mainland but also in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, North Borneo and Vietnam.

Chinese Playing Cards

Lenormand Cartomancy

Mlle Lenormand Cartomancy deck made by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Stralsund, c.1890.

Lenormand Cartomancy

Cartes Catalanes

Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenées region of Southern France.

Cartes Catalanes

Playing Cards from Malaysia

Playing Cards from Malaysia.

Playing Cards from Malaysia

Fortune Telling Cards

Fortune Telling Cards - wondrous scientific divination poker cards.

Fortune Telling Cards

Three Kingdoms

One of an extensive range of Chinese historical, art and culture playing cards, Three Kingdoms playing cards describes the historical story of the Three Kingdoms period, the political and military struggles between the contending rulers.

Three Kingdoms

Political Figures

54 Welsh Politicians on a deck of playing cards...

Political Figures

Karl Gerich No.20: Rouennais A

The Aces are decorated with the pip in a central circle and two different figures at each end of the card. The courts are lavishly illustrated.

Karl Gerich No.20: Rouennais A

Li River Souvenir

Li River Souvenir Playing Cards from China.

Li River Souvenir

Austrian Cartomancy Cards

During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial cards depicting popular imagery with subtitles in several languages.

Austrian Cartomancy Cards

Marché 7 Familles

“Marché 7 Familles” Happy Families card game published by France Cartes

Marché 7 Familles

Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera

A very impressive deck of cards featuring 54 different images from “Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera” published by HCG Poker Productions, 2005

Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera

Chinese Dragon Robes

Deck featuring 54 different images of Chinese Dragon Robes that emperors, empresses and royal family members wear on important occasions.

Chinese Dragon Robes

Filmstars by Publistar, 1962

“Filmstars” deck published by Publistar, printed by La Ducale (France), 1962.

Filmstars by Publistar, 1962

Titicaca ® Playing Cards

Each card in this novelty deck, subtitled “Funny Card”, carries information about a prestigious or popular brand.

Titicaca ® Playing Cards

Mao Zedong & International Friends

Playing cards celebrating the story of the Chinese leader and statesman Chairman Mao / Mao Zedong & International Friends.

Mao Zedong & International Friends

Die Neue ÖVP

Promotional deck for the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) printed by Piatnik, 1996.

Die Neue ÖVP

Lucky Buddha Beer

Deck made in China in c.2010 advertising the Chinese brew “Lucky Beer, the enlightened beer”

Lucky Buddha Beer

Magic Poker Cards

“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...

Magic Poker Cards

Terracotta Army

Each card has a different photo of elements of the terracotta army whose purpose was to protect the emperor Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife.

Terracotta Army

Whot

Whot was invented by William Henry Storey in 1935. It comes from the days when friends and family played indoor games by the fireside.

Whot

Astérix

Cartes à Jouer ‘Astérix’ published by Ducale, 1987.

Astérix

Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin

“Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin” collectible playing cards, made in China, c.2010.

Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin

Hakka

“Double Happiness” brand Hakka [客家] playing cards used by Hakka ethnic communities who have a separate identity from Cantonese,

Hakka

Jungle Parties

“Jungle Parties” or “Playing Politics '87” designed & drawn by Patrick Cuenot.

Jungle Parties

Characters of “The Water Margin”

Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克.

Characters of “The Water Margin”

Year of the Child

Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.

Year of the Child

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse card game made in Taiwan.

Mickey Mouse

Fortune Telling

Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.

Fortune Telling

Argentinean Tango playing cards

The Tango - sultry and seductive - is Argentina's form of popular music and dance, invented in Buenos Aires in the 19th century.

Argentinean Tango playing cards

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973.

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

La Cumparsita Tango deck

Tango playing cards manufactured in Argentina, 2001.

La Cumparsita Tango deck

Naipes Tango by Arco Iris

Naipes Tango by Producciónes Gráficas Arco Iris, 1999.

Naipes Tango by Arco Iris

El Negrito Pedro, c.1950s

El Negrito Pedro, children’s card game, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1950s.

El Negrito Pedro, c.1950s

Mayan Cards

Mayan Playing Cards from Guatemala / Baraja Maya / containing illustrations of archaeology, art, folklore, history and mythology of the Mayans.

Mayan Cards

Maya

“Maya” playing cards designed by Russian artist V. M. Sveshnikov and first published by The Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg, in 1975.

Maya

Miniature Playing Cards

Crudely printed miniature children's packs produced anonymously in c.1920-30.

Miniature Playing Cards

Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol

‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005.

Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol

Maya Playing Cards

The designs of Mayan artists shown here give a general idea of their enormous artistic and cultural potential.

Maya Playing Cards

Mapuche Indian Playing Cards

Spanish-suited playing cards made on rawhide and said to have been used by Chilean Mapuche Indians, XVI-XVII century

Mapuche Indian Playing Cards

Gaucho Naipes

‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001.

Gaucho Naipes

Caballos Argentinos

“Caballos Argentinos” playing cards with photographs of horses and ponies on each card.

Caballos Argentinos

Milonguita

Naipes de Poker “Milonguita” featuring early Tango music score covers, Gardés Editorial, 2003.

Milonguita

Foto Joker

'Foto Joker' Spanish playing cards for Matera Color Laboratory, 2008.

Foto Joker

Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano”

Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s.

Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano”

Black Tango

‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003.

Black Tango

Tango

‘Tango’ playing cards from Argentina, c.2004.

Tango

Cartas Precolombinas

Spanish playing cards with Pre-Columbian designs from Argentina, 2001.

Cartas Precolombinas

Maya Deck

The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.

Maya Deck

Naipes Minifusor

Difusora S.A is a distributor of smokers' materials. Around 1970-80 they also distributed "Minifusor" playing cards.

Naipes Minifusor

Minifusor Tipo Español

Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español published by Difusora S.A., c.1980.

Minifusor Tipo Español

Minifusor Clásico

Minifusor Clásico, a modern re-drawing of the Catalan pattern published by Difusora, c.1980.

Minifusor Clásico

Gilbert & Sullivan Cards

“Gilbert & Sullivan” hand-made Savoy Operas pack designed and created by Rex Pitts.

Gilbert & Sullivan Cards

Production Methods for Small Scale Editions

Some alternative approaches to producing small, hand-made editions of playing cards

Production Methods for Small Scale Editions

Cats, Cakes, Clothes and Cups

Dianne Longley is a print artist who produces books and folios as well as intaglio and relief prints.

Cats, Cakes, Clothes and Cups

About Witta Jensen

WITTA JENSEN… on the cards.

About Witta Jensen

About Karl Gerich

About Karl Gerich.

About Karl Gerich

John Newman’s Colour Cards

John Newman’s Colour Cards

John Newman’s Colour Cards

Teddy Bear playing cards & artwork

Teddy Bear playing cards & artwork, 1996.

Teddy Bear playing cards & artwork

About Peter Wood

PETER WOOD is a UK based artist.

About Peter Wood

Hidden Mickeys

“HiddenMickeys” by Peter Wood

Hidden Mickeys

The Enchanted Journey

Cards from the delightful Enchanted Journey playing-cards by Karen Curran of Australia.

The Enchanted Journey

About Georgina Harvey

Georgina Harvey worked together with Karl Gerich.

About Georgina Harvey

About Emily Arkin

About Emily Arkin

About Emily Arkin

Gallery of Playing Card Designers & Artists

Gallery of Playing Card Artists and Designers

Gallery of Playing Card Designers & Artists

About Shelley Fowles

Shelley Fowles was born in South Africa but has lived in the United Kingdom since 1979. She trained in Art in Brighton and London.

About Shelley Fowles

About Catherine Kelly

Catherine Kelly, M.A. Paint and Print, B.A. History of Art and Fine Art Painting, is an artist working in Dublin

About Catherine Kelly

About Heraclio Díaz

Heraclio Díaz lives in the Canary Islands (Spain).

About Heraclio Díaz

About Shon Gwynn

About Shon Gwynn

Self-Nurturing Solitaire

Self-Nurturing Solitaire by Idelle Jones,

Self-Nurturing Solitaire

Safe as Houses by Catherine Kelly

My current work evolved from using a pack of cards as a metaphor to explore the randomness of life and the luck of the draw.

Safe as Houses by Catherine Kelly

Welcome to ‘On The Cards’

Welcome to ‘On The Cards’

Welcome to ‘On The Cards’

Grace Cards

My creativity proved useful in the Primary School classroom and children's clubs I run at Brooke Baptist Church in Norfolk...

Grace Cards

Buena Suerte Cartomancy

Buena Suerte Cartomancy cards published by Difusora S.A., Argentina, c.1975

Buena Suerte Cartomancy

Buena Suerte Cartomancy leaflet

Buena Suerte Cartomancy leaflet.

Buena Suerte Cartomancy leaflet

David James Binns

Hand-made “Tudor Playing Cards” by David James Binns, age 12.

David James Binns

The Cardini Playing Cards

Richard Valentine Pitchford, better known as Cardini, is one of that select band of performers who became legends during their own lifetimes

The Cardini Playing Cards

One Piece Hana Fuda

One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010

One Piece Hana Fuda

Elevenses by Adventureland Games

Elevenses is a card game in which respectable 1920s socialites strive to serve the finest morning teas!

Elevenses by Adventureland Games

Zombie Bride Cards and Game by Gerad Taylor

Are you a fan of the undead? Vampires and zombies that have risen from the grave? Then this is a deck for you; the creatures featured on this pack are part-zombie and part-vampire. As Gerad Taylor, the creator of this deck, likes to call them "Zompires".

Zombie Bride Cards and Game by Gerad Taylor

Interview with Alan Kriegel, creator of Gestalt playing cards

Alan Kriegel has set out to rethink the signs and symbols used in traditional playing cards.

Interview with Alan Kriegel, creator of Gestalt playing cards

The Méliès Playing Cards

The iconic film "A Trip To The Moon" reimagined for playing cards.

The Méliès Playing Cards

Blueblood Redux Playing Cards

Follow-up pack for the 2012 Blue Blood Playing Cards pack on Kickstarter.

Blueblood Redux Playing Cards

Uusi Blue Blood

Uusi Blue Blood designer playing cards by Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, 2012.

Uusi Blue Blood

Winter Deck by Ultramarine Designs

Inspired by freezing tribal images of northern winter, this deck is called to show you all its mystic and dangerous beauty.

Winter Deck by Ultramarine Designs

Royal Pulp Playing Cards

Two beautifully crafted custom playing cards decks. Featuring brightly colored illustrations and gorgeous typography.

Royal Pulp Playing Cards

The Black Book of Cards by UnCommon Beat

The Black Book of Cards by UnCommon Beat

The Black Book of Cards by UnCommon Beat

Steampunk Pirates

The deck has been inspired by pirates and swashbuckling and the world of Steampunk, a science-fiction realm of steam-powered machinery, intricate cogs and gears.

Steampunk Pirates

Believe Playing Cards

A deck of playing cards inspired by the Wayang Shadow Puppets of the Island of Java.

Believe Playing Cards

Civil Unrest Playing Cards

A deck of cards inspired by the American Civil War, featuring leaders, army generals, President Abraham Lincoln and other characters from this historical period.

Civil Unrest Playing Cards

8-Bit Mafia and 8-Bit Werewolf

This pack created by Michael Scott has been inspired by retro 8-bit pixel games from the 80s and 90s.

8-Bit Mafia and 8-Bit Werewolf

Tinker Deck by Tesh of Project Khopesh

The Tinker Deck is a pack inspired by Steampunk, a world where old machinery is infused with modern science.

Tinker Deck by Tesh of Project Khopesh

The Z Deck

The Z Deck is a new non-standard pack of cards created by Robert Bolduc. Each card has a third aspect instead of the usual suit and colour; which introduces many new games possible with the pack.

The Z Deck

OCCO Game of Tarot

Scott Hill has been working on a tarot pack which can also be used to play card games, the pack has been designed to revive tarot and make it a fun and social interaction.

OCCO Game of Tarot

Creative Clash Card Game by The Infantree

The Creative Clash card game, by the Infantree, is a fast-paced card game where you become the Principal of a creative agency and battle with your friends for the biggest Ego around.

Creative Clash Card Game by The Infantree

Decked Out

Connie Lim has created a beautifully illustrated set of fashion inspired playing cards, a tangible telling of her story, intimately realized in the palm of your hand.

Decked Out

Pagan Playing Cards by Uusi

A beautifully hand-painted pack inspired by wildlife and the wilderness created by the Uusi design studio.

Pagan Playing Cards by Uusi

Irish Gaelic Playing Cards

A set of cards to help bring awareness to old and infrequently used languages, created by E Brewstein. Each card in the pack also functions as a mini language lesson, great for playing games and also learning about Irish heritage.

Irish Gaelic Playing Cards

4 Thrones Solitaire Game

A fresh and minimal pack and iPhone app designed for solitaire games.

4 Thrones Solitaire Game

Metropol NOX Playing Cards

A custom deck of playing cards designed with a modern, minimalist flair.

Metropol NOX Playing Cards

Mana Playing Cards

These beautiful playing cards designed by Erik Mana aren't just your ordinary set but they also hold a secret codes and riddle.

Mana Playing Cards

Kingdoms of a New World

Enter the Kingdoms of the New World with these fantasy themed playing cards by Nathanael Mortensen,

Kingdoms of a New World

Sherlock Holmes Playing Cards

Three fine deck of playing cards inspired by the characters and stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sherlock Holmes Playing Cards

Global Unrest Playing Cards

Global Unrest uses a traditional playing card style mixed with a WWII military twist..

Global Unrest Playing Cards

Steampunk playing cards

These steampunk inspired cards are based around a pair of real steampunk goggles that you can purchase and wear to look just like your favorite court card.

Steampunk playing cards

Edgar Allan Poe Playing Cards

A Kickstarter campaign for a fine deck of playing cards inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe Playing Cards

War of Omens - A Digital Deck-Builder by Fifth Column Games

War of Omens is a card game combining deck-builder and collectable-card-game mechanics, featuring fast, strategic play and 3 different playable factions.

War of Omens - A Digital Deck-Builder by Fifth Column Games

Kadar Playing Cards

The Kadar deck designed by Christopher J Gould aims to break the norms of playing card design. The vibrant and fun pack has drawn inspiration from travelling fortune tellers and gypsies.

Kadar Playing Cards

Meeple Playing Cards by Geek Dynasty

Meeple playing cards is where the iconic shape of the “meeple” used in many board games meets playing cards.

Meeple Playing Cards by Geek Dynasty

Seven Seas Playing Cards

The deck is about the dichotomy of a life at sea. Exploring famous sailors, explorers, pirates, and privateers of the age of sail.

Seven Seas Playing Cards

Surena: The Persian Playing Cards by Diba Salimi

Diba Salimi has created a hand illustrated pack inspired by Persian ancient history, art and Persian rugs.

Surena: The Persian Playing Cards by Diba Salimi

Oracle - Mystifying Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko

A pack inspired by subjects such as spirituality, the occult, ouija boards, spirit photography and generally all things spooky.

Oracle - Mystifying Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko

Different Playing Cards by Teach By Magic

Instead of the usual ace of spades, or a seven of diamonds, this pack has a "spade of aces" and a "diamond of sevens"; meaning that the spade is made up of aces using a typographic and illustrative style.

Different Playing Cards by Teach By Magic

Requiem Playing Cards

This pack has been inspired by the Requiem Mass, a Mass celebrated for the souls of one or more deceased persons. The dark style of illustrations features occult symbols and imagery such as horns, hearts, thorns and skulls and the typography reflects ancient latin scripts.

Requiem Playing Cards

Kingdoms of a New World

“Kingdoms of a New World” playing cards designed by Nathanael Mortensen, 2014.

Kingdoms of a New World

MEMENTO, A NEW Bicycle Playing Card Deck

Memento, a unique Playing Card Deck designed by Valerio Aversa and Antonios Fiala, inspired by the history of playing card design.

MEMENTO, A NEW Bicycle Playing Card Deck

Glitch Playing Cards by Soleil Zumbrunn

Glitch art is the aesthetic of digital or analog errors.

Glitch Playing Cards by Soleil Zumbrunn

Lumberjacks 2nd Edition

A preview of Vadim Smolenskiy second edition Lumberjacks deck.

Lumberjacks 2nd Edition

Moderne Art Deco Playing Cards

This pack created by Randy Coffey is based on the 1920s and 1930s Art Deco style of fine decoration and fashion.

Moderne Art Deco Playing Cards

Spirit Playing Cards

Standard court cards show the king, queen and jack looking sideways and diagonal; these elegant Spirit playing cards show the court characters front-facing.

Spirit Playing Cards

Earth Dragons and Other Rare Creatures

Jessica Feinberg, mostly known for her unique mythic paintings of nature, dragons, is a creator the Earth D​ragons and Other Rare Creatures playing cards.

Earth Dragons and Other Rare Creatures

Mantecore Playing Cards

Mantecore playing cards, named as a tribute to magicians Siegfried and Roy's famous tiger, 2015.

Mantecore Playing Cards

Dragons Playing Cards by Robert Burke

A gorgeous deck of cards featuring the dragon art of Kerem Beyit and printed by the United States Playing Card Company.

Dragons Playing Cards by Robert Burke

Cats and Dogs Royale Playing Cards

Two collectable sets of cards featuring Cats and Dogs as Royalty through the ages.

Cats and Dogs Royale Playing Cards

AO MATU Playing Cards by Nastya KFKS

A custom deck with magnificent characters, illustrations and tropical design. Inspired by the nature of the Polynesian islands. Wild and truly unique.

AO MATU Playing Cards by Nastya KFKS

Omnia Playing Cards

Inspired by ancient symbology and traditional playing cards, Omnia is the third pack designed by Giovanni Meroni, 2015.

Omnia Playing Cards

Viridian Playing Cards by Kardify

Viridian playing cards are a modern twist inspired by the classics. Influenced by vintage design and refined by modern aesthetics.

Viridian Playing Cards by Kardify

Cultura Playing Card Deck by Mankin Chan

A full custom deck of playing cards, inspired by the different cultures of the world; including China, Italy, USA and the Netherlands.

Cultura Playing Card Deck by Mankin Chan

Celtic Myth Playing Cards by Cultúrlán Enterprises

Celtic Myth playing cards are the third and final set of cards in a series based around the themes of Celtic mythology and society.

Celtic Myth Playing Cards by Cultúrlán Enterprises

53: Some recent acquisitions

The following items are a selection of what has come my way over the past two to three years.

53: Some recent acquisitions

World Cup ’98

World Cup ’98 football team pack for Paradigma Consulting Group, 2000.

World Cup ’98

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals, c.1998 & Bodegas Trapiche, 2003.

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals

Rodrigo El Potro

Naipes El Potro Rodrigo with Spanish suit symbols and photos of the pop singer on each card, c.2000.

Rodrigo El Potro

John Sterling - Distigráfica S.R.L.

John Sterling publishes budget-grade playing cards in Argentina.

John Sterling - Distigráfica S.R.L.

Hot Sauce Playing Cards

Each card shows an image of a bottle of hot Chilli Sauce (spelt 'chile' on the cards), a map of where the product is made, a heat gauge (see top left), plus amusing notes and information about the particular sauce.

Hot Sauce Playing Cards

Chance Playing Cards by Catalyst UK

CHANCE Playing Cards are produced by Catalyst, an open group of women artists and scientists founded in 1995 in Portsmouth UK.

Chance Playing Cards by Catalyst UK

4 Seasons Playing Cards

4 Seasons Playing Cards.

4 Seasons Playing Cards

Frozen Court - The Aethiopic Rendering - Limited Edition Playing Cards

A deck made specifically for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first African-american college fraternity, for their 2000 convention.

Frozen Court - The Aethiopic Rendering - Limited Edition Playing Cards

Self-Nurturing Solitaire

Self-Nurturing Solitaire is a deck of cards designed to improve Self-Esteem.

Self-Nurturing Solitaire

The Deal Playing-card Project

A deck of cards produced as a creative collaboration and made possible largely through volunteers and sponsorship of various kinds.

The Deal Playing-card Project

Legends Playing Cards

Legends Playing Card Company aspires to print the highest quality playing cards and packaging in the world

Legends Playing Cards

Jetsetter Playing Cards by Paul Ruccio

Jetsetter playing cards, inspired by aviation, air travel and jet-setting.

Jetsetter Playing Cards by Paul Ruccio