Court cards from the Seminole Wars deck by J. Y. Humphreys, Philadelphia, c.1819. Ace of Spades from Jazaniah Ford's Decatur deck, 1815. Jazaniah Ford was born in Milton (Massachusetts) in 1757
The deck is about the dichotomy of a life at sea. Exploring famous sailors, explorers, pirates, and privateers of the age of sail.
Three fine deck of playing cards inspired by the characters and stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Shuffled Symphonies published by Pepys Games in association with Walt Disney, 1939.
“We’re Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line” wartime card game made by William Sessions Ltd, 1940s
Cartomantic meanings of Spanish playing cards by Benita the Witch (XVI century), published by Chocolates Nelia, c.1932.
“Silly Symphonies” or “Mickey Mouse Snap” manufactured by Chad Valley Co. Ltd, 1930s
Standard court cards show the king, queen and jack looking sideways and diagonal; these elegant Spirit playing cards show the court characters front-facing.
SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon playing cards featuring SpongeBob and Patrick the star fish
“Squadron Scramble” card games for identifying military planes, Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin, 1942.
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.
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.
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.
“Strange People” card game produced by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1895.
Diba Salimi has created a hand illustrated pack inspired by Persian ancient history, art and Persian rugs.
The combination of shapes and colours in these playing cards creates a vibrant and eye-catching surreal effect.
“Tarot de l’An 2000” designed by Pino Zac, 1981, satirising 20th century life.
The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994
“War Planes” playing cards for aircraft recognition published by Temple Press Limited, c.1940
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
The ‘Mystic’ Fortune Teller card game by Clifford Toys
The London College of Printing '52 Club' Designers and Artists playing cards, 1984
The 72 Names Cards based on the Kabbalistic "72 Names of God" and the metaphysical artwork of Orna Ben-Shoshan, Raanana, Israel.
In ‘Patia Te Pere - The Big Deal’, Joan Gragg presents a first edition series of 1000 decks in which the characters, themes and patterns from traditional playing cards are replaced by Cook Islands cultural, environmental and societal icons.
UnCommon Beat are self funding a beautiful typographical pack through Kickstarter.
The traditional court card faces that we all know so well come to life as typographic portraits. The meticulous process of building each word to form the faces delivers an almost life-like and tangible appearance without the use of shading.
A deck of cards produced as a creative collaboration and made possible largely through volunteers and sponsorship of various kinds.
The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979
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.
The iconic film "A Trip To The Moon" reimagined for playing cards.
“The Muppet Show” playing cards made by ASS Altenburger in 1978
The Perishers, based on the TV cartoon series, published by Pepys in 1974.
The official ‘Simpsons’ playing cards produced by Winning Moves Games, 2003
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.
“They’re Off” horse racing card game by Pepys, c.1940.
Hand-drawn transformation pack dated 1874 with the name Thomas Walters on the ace of spades.
The Tinker Deck is a pack inspired by Steampunk, a world where old machinery is infused with modern science.
Tom and Jerry Snap published by Pepys Games, 1972.
‘Sports Tops and Tails’ No.290 manufactured by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1950s.
Torras y Sanmartí y Cía, Barcelona, 1830
Hand-drawing ‘Transformation’ playing cards was a popular pastime 200 years ago
Tungsram Playing Cards, Art Deco playing cards from Hungary
Artex A/30 brand for Turkey, 1980s
Most of the early North American Colonists were British subjects who depended on playing cards imported from England. The manufacture of playing cards in America only began during the second half of the 18th century, and not before 1776 by some estimates.
“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
Not much is known about this early manufacturer who is reckoned to have traded between c.1870s-1890s.
“Vacuation” published by Pepys games, based on the evacuation of children to Reception Areas in the countryside during WW2, c.1939-40
Vanity Fair Transformation Playing Cards No.41 published by the United States Playing Card Company, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed.
Vic Joc de Cartes, happy families quartet game, 1990
“Victory” by Pepys Games, a splendid game with caricatures of British and German leaders, published in 1940.
Victory deck commemorating the Liberation war by Friedrich Gotthelf Baumgärtner, Leipzig, 1815