‘Adventure Time’ cult sci-fi playing cards published by Forbidden Planet.
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.
Advertising and publicity playing cards manufactured by Joker S.A.
Advertising deck for Carta Mundi produced by Carta Mundi, 2001
Advertising Playing-Cards by La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Adverto card game published by Adverto Publishing Company of Stratford, London, c.1910.
Special pack for Aeronaves de Mexico S.A., designed by Ramón Valdiosera Berman, mid-1960s
Aesop’s Fables playing cards by I. Kirk, c.1759.
“African Art” Playing cards by John J. Beckvermit III, 1994
Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017.
AGMüller standard English pattern for the Royal Jordanian Airline, 1980s
Agostino Bergallo Spanish pattern made for South American countries
A terrific deck of cards made by Nintendo c.1979 with original designs on every card showing the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan.
‘Air India’ playing cards, made in India
‘Air Rummy’ playing cards published by Air Malta, late 1990s
Suntory Akadama Honey Wine playing cards manufactured by Nintendo, Japan, c.1970
The court cards have become abstract forms with almost no visible indication of what suit they belong to. The idea was to disguise their appearance after Mekuri games such as Unsun Karuta and Tenshô Karuta were banned by the authorities, especially i...
Swedish style pack by Åkerlund & Rausing, Stockholm, 1931-1937
The “Boffie” Kwartetspel was designed by Huibert Vet and published by Albert Heijn in 1936
Alcatel playing cards published by Éditions Dusserre, c.1970s
Alchimistenspiel - Jeu des Alchimistes designed by Elfriede Weidenhaus, 1967
Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943
Brief History of Alf Cooke's Playing Cards
Alfred Marks Recruitment Consultants publicity playing cards published by Astra Games
This pack was issued during wartime, in 1936, under the name “Latvian Red Cross Cards No.7”.
Spanish suited playing cards produced by B. P. Grimaud (Paris) for Algeria, around 1910.
“Alibi” the thrilling card game by Haytor, Tor Productions, 1930s
Alice card game published by Pepys in 1952, based on the Walt Disney film “Alice in Wonderland”.
Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
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 playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018.
Alice in Wonderland “Snap” 1 penny game from 1920s or 30s, made in Germany, anonymous manufacturer.
Artwork for The Watersprite Tarot© designed and painted by Alison McDonald.
Alitalia advertising deck produced by Premier Portfolio International Ltd.
Alphabetti Spaghetti Happy Families game for Crosse & Blackwell c.1978.
“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982
Alvarez Holmberg y Cia, playing card manufacturer, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1950-70
Agreement had been reached between Waddington's and De La Rue during the second world war for Waddington's to manufacture playing cards for De la Rue. Thus the Amalgamated Playing Card Company was born but it remained an unofficial name for many year...
“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960
America Online Beach playing cards, Spanish suit system, non-standard designs, 2006
The American Bank Note Company was a long-established firm producing national currency, finely engraved stock certificates and other security printing, including postage stamps. They also entered the playing card market c.1908-1914.
These decks were produced in various grades for the German immigrant population and feature the German eagle and the German and American flags intertwined. There were two versions: one with German faces and one with American faces.
Amorous Translucent Playing Cards, French, c.1850.
“Amos del Universo” card game published by Litografía Goicochea Hnos, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1980
Amos Whitney Factory Inventory. What it was like inside an 18th century playing card factory...
Ancient Civilisations playing cards designed by Celedonio Perellón, produced by Heraclio Fournier, 1973
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Andersons of Edinburgh began publishing playing cards in the late 1920s and several brands are known, including ‘Clan Tartan’, ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Thistle’
Andrew Dougherty was born in Donegal in Northern Ireland in 1827. He started his playing card business in New York in 1848.
The idiosyncratic courts used in this deck were used by several other U.S. manufacturers, including Crehore and Hart, and continued into the early 1900s in Faro decks.
Angel Playing Card Co
Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981
Angry Birds UNO manufactured in China, 2003.
Naipes "ANGUS" designed by Gustavo A. Pueyrredón, depicting Aberdeen Angus livestock on the courts and jokers dressed as Gauchos.
The Kings show American admirals and the Jacks have different officers at each end. The Queens are “Our Colonies”.
This deck is commonly known as the “Anheuser-Busch Spanish-American War deck”, issued at the end of the war.
Animal Grab card game by Thomas De La Rue & Co., 110 Bunhill Row, London..
Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900.
Animal Rummy by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s.
Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
The full set of this 'Snap' card game is believed to have 9 characters in sets of four, making a total of 36 cards
Animal Snap published by Pepys Games, c.1960.
Animal Tarok by Jean Friedrich Mayer (1752-1783)
Woodblock and stencil Animal Tarot cards, probably of German origin, 2nd half 18th century
Animals Quartet game printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru, early 1900s
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
Anna Gaber playing cards from Poland
Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010.
Anno Domini biblical card game depicting New Testament history, published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Bible, c.1875.
Spanish-suited playing cards made in Belgium by Léonard Biermans, c.1875
Anonymous Moroccan Playing Cards for Royal Air Maroc airlines and others...
Anonymous Dutch deck, 1940s
Argentina has produced a series of anonymous decks, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type and children's games.
Anonymous Mexican Playing Card Manufacturers
Anonymous Mexican playing cards, finely engraved and coloured on good card stock, first quarter of the 1800s.
Miniature novelty playing cards from the late 1940s or early 1950s with a charm of their own. Probably published as small prizes at fairground or seaside amusement arcades.
Anonymous “Snap” game from the late 19th century
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
In 1943 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.
Deck from the liberation war against Napoleon, unknown maker, c.1815.
The Russians were no strangers to propaganda cards. Clubs represent the Russian Orthodox church, Hearts Roman Catholicism, Spades Confucianism and Diamonds represent Judaism.
“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830.
The Swiss national suit system of shields, acorns, hawkbells and flowers originated sometime during the fifteenth century.
A custom deck with magnificent characters, illustrations and tropical design. Inspired by the nature of the Polynesian islands. Wild and truly unique.
Apache rawhide playing cards by ‘Tonto Naipero’, c.1871.
Apache Indian Playing Cards made on rawhide, first recorded 1875.
Naipes Argentinos 'La Partida' y 'Aparcero' published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos, Santa Fe
‘Aquae Sulis’ is Georgina Harvey's second design, in which the double-ended courts are reminiscent of classical gods & goddesses.
The municipal archaeological service in Dordrecht (Netherlands) recently found some antique playing cards under the floorboards inside an old public bar.
The reverse has advertising for Cymaco motor spares who have branches in Uruguay.
Argentina Tax Stamps on playing cards 1895-1968
Political Playing Cards, Buenos Aires, 1890.
The Tango - sultry and seductive - is Argentina's form of popular music and dance, invented in Buenos Aires in the 19th century.
Playing cards were introduced to the Americas with Spanish explorers such as Columbus or Cortés.
The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.
Naipes Arlequin come in both International and Spanish versions.