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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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54: China 1

Although many people would not consider Chinese cards worth collecting, the huge variety of court designs used by the companies based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan over the years should be of interest to those who like to enjoy variation in court cards, jokers and aces of spades. • Dec 30, 2016

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55: China 2

Some further American designs used in China. • Jan 17, 2017

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57: China 3

A third and final look at some Chinese cards. • Feb 09, 2017

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Angry Birds UNO

Angry Birds UNO manufactured in China, 2003. • Jan 11, 2012

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Carousel Playing Cards

Carousel Playing Cards commissioned by Tesco stores, 2019. • Dec 04, 2019

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Characters of “The Water Margin”

Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克. • Nov 28, 2018

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Chinese Costumes

Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984. • Dec 27, 2020

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Chinese Dragon Robes

Deck featuring 54 different images of Chinese Dragon Robes that emperors, empresses and royal family members wear on important occasions • Aug 19, 2015

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Chinese Jokers

Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world. • Mar 03, 2019

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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. • Apr 05, 2003

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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 • Sep 21, 2015

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Fortune Telling Cards

Fortune Telling Cards - wondrous scientific divination poker cards • Sep 17, 2011

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Four Colour Cards / 四色牌 / Si Sek Pai

Four Colour Cards made in Belgium for Far Eastern markets • Aug 21, 2015

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Hakka

“Double Happiness” brand Hakka [客家] playing cards used by Hakka ethnic communities who have a separate identity from Cantonese, • Jan 25, 2017

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Hogwarts

Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016. • Feb 13, 2018

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Hokkien Four Colour Cards

The characters on the cards are written one way for red and yellow, and another for green and white. They are: 將 士 象 車 馬 包 兵 for white and green; 帥 仕 相 俥 傌 炮 卒 for red and yellow. • Mar 17, 2013

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Hong Kong

Playing Cards from Hong Kong. A large proportion of the world's souvenir and pin-up playing cards originate from Hong Kong. • Apr 13, 2012

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Khanhoo

Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895. • Dec 01, 2020

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Li River Souvenir

Li River Souvenir Playing Cards from China • Jan 05, 2014

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Lucky Buddha Beer

Deck made in China in c.2010 advertising the Chinese brew “Lucky Beer, the enlightened beer” • Dec 24, 2015

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Mad Jack Miracle Pack

Mad Jack Miracle Pack by Chu’s Magic (Tobar) 1999. • Oct 21, 2014

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Magic Poker Cards

“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes... • Dec 16, 2015

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Mahjongg

Mahjongg • Sep 07, 2011

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Mao Zedong & International Friends

Playing cards celebrating the story of the Chinese leader and statesman Chairman Mao / Mao Zedong & International Friends • Jul 20, 2015

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Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai • Feb 20, 2017

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Mini-Poker

Mini-Poker miniature playing cards made in China. • Apr 19, 2012

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Mr. Men™

Mr. Men™ & Little Miss™ playing cards by Roger Hargreaves • Jun 01, 2015

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Plants vs. Zombies UNO Card Set

Plants vs. Zombies UNO card set Chinese edition, licensed by Mattel East Asia Limited, 2011. • Jan 11, 2012

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Pulp Pin-Up

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010. • Feb 28, 2021

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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 • Dec 16, 2015

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Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin

“Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin” collectible playing cards, made in China, c.2010. • Dec 13, 2015

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The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998. • Apr 07, 2017

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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. • Apr 26, 2012

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Titicaca ® Playing Cards

Each card in this novelty deck, subtitled “Funny Card”, carries information about a prestigious or popular brand • May 29, 2015

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Toyo playing cards No.88 for Peru

Toyo playing cards No.88 manufactured in China for the “Estanco de Naipes del Perú”, 1950s • Jan 01, 1970

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UNO

UNO Indonesian edition, licensed by Mattel for sale in Far Eastern countries, 2011 • Jan 11, 2012