A brief survey of the different types of standard cards to be found in Continental Europe.
A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.
‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
Featuring Disney Princesses and Enchanting Tales in two sizes of pack made for Eastern Europe.
Out of an apparent void, a constellation of references in early literature emerge pointing to the sudden arrival of playing cards, principally in Belgium, Germany, Spain and Italy around 1370-1380. Discover the early history of playing cards in our timeline from 50AD to the 15th century.
“EU52 Deck of Cards“ Eurosceptic political playing cards published by 52 Jokers Ltd, United Kingdom, 2015.
“XVI Century European Naval Powers” deck illustrated by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano and produced by Heraclio Fournier in 1981.
Spooky designs such as black cats, pumpkins, bats, spiders and ghosts for Halloween.
A collecting game published in two series: the first series featuring Western Europe and the second series Eastern/Southern Europe.
Political playing cards by the British cartoonist Oliver Preston, United Kingdom, 2017.
15 Trappola playing cards possibly made by Johann Ziser of Prague, c1760.