Advertising pack designed by J. Passos and first printed by Cromografía Irández, Barcelona, c.1926. Re-printed in 1995
This pack was issued during wartime, in 1941, under the name “Latvian Red Cross Cards No.7”.
Two colourful Mexican packs by an anonymous manufacturer titled “As Vencedores” on the ace of coins, designed in the Mexican style, based on the Spanish ‘Castilian’ pattern
Asociart Insurance promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000
An unknown brand by Aspioti Elka A.E probably from the 1960s judging by the tax stamp on the box.
Cartes à Jouer ‘Astérix’ published by Ducale, 1987
Astra Games was a subsidiary of the McCorquodale Group of Companies, producing playing cards during the period 1982-87.
Astronaut card game published by Pepys Series (Castell Bros) celebrating the arrival of space travel, 1960s
“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958
Atlantic Playing Card Co., Inc. promoted Bridge Ensemble boxes and companion accessories.
“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.
“Ausgold” by SNP Ausprint Pty Ltd
Playing cards from Australia
Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish
Excise Duty was introduced on Australian playing cards in 1932
During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial cards depicting popular imagery with subtitles in several languages.
Possibly one of the most beautiful decks produced for commercial purposes, this was printed by Modiano for the Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company of Trieste in c.1895
Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965
Automotive playing cards designed by Radoslaw Radziejewski
Clearly promoting good personal hygiene, each card shows a young, pouting female model posing seductively and appealing to the playboy.
The designs are a meld between the standard international pattern and German-style French-suited cards. Elements from various other standard patterns can be detected.
“Cartes Comiques”, published by B. Dondorf, printed by chromolithography, c.1870-1888.
Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995
Deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800.
Sports-themed playing cards published by Badische Spielkartenfabrik, Baden, c.1930
Bag of Bones playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008.
Evolution of American Bank Note Co's “Baggy Clown” Joker
A pack specially designed for a sandwich bar and cake shop. The jokers show a pile of sandwiches.
Balázs Pál Nagy's Playing Cards
Balázs Pál Nagy Tell 3306
English Standard pack hand drawn & coloured on banana leaf, c.1820.
The 'Old Frizzle' Ace of Spades shows the duty paid as one shilling, and the manufacturer's name is engraved at the bottom of the ace.
Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952
Bandana Argentine pop girl group playing cards 2002.
Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962
Baraja 'Te Amo' con dibujos de Serafín en tirada de 500 ejemplares numerados, 48 naipes. Fabricado por Naipes Comas (Barcelona) 2002.
Baraja “Neoclásica” engraved by José Martínez de Castro, first published by Clemente Roxas, Madrid, 1810.
Non-standard Spanish-suited playing cards created by Rafael Rodriguez Hernandez and published by Ediciones Baja Andalucia, Sevilla, c.1980.
Designed to illustrate the history of four indigenous tribes who represent the roots of the Argentinean race.
Baraja Artistas del Cine Mudo, c.1926
Asescoin 1998 member’s pack designed by Josep Soriano.
Baraja de Boxeo, c.1930
‘La Auténtica Baraja Canaria’ was published in 1995 by Justo Pérez as an expression of the history and character of the Canary Islands.
Baraja Carlos IV, Félix Solesio en la Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya, 1800
Some examples of playing cards made in Catalonia from the collection of Iris Mundus, Barcelona.
“Baraja Charra” with paintings by Ernesto Icaza, 2002
Baraja Cinematográfica printed by J. M. Arnau, Barcelona, 1925-26
Baraja Cuauhtémoc published by Treviño Narro, Monterrey, Mexico Original artwork by P. X. Santaella featuring Aztec and other important pre-Columbian cultures.
Hijos de José Garcia Taboadela was a book-seller who also published this charming pack of lovers' fortune telling cards in 1871.
Baraja Digital by Naipes De La Cigüeña, 1990