“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
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.
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.
We're excited to announce that Ken Lodge, one of the foremost experts on the standard English pattern, is relocating his blog to the World of Playing Cards. From now onwards you will be able to enjoy Ken's insights and opinions here from Ken's new blog page.
Spanish-suited playing cards made in Belgium by Léonard Biermans, c.1875
Anonymous Mexican Manufacturers
Anonymous Moroccan Playing Cards for Royal Air Maroc airlines and others...
Many modern aces of spades are anonymous so that, in the absence of any other information, the collector has difficulty deciding who made them.
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.