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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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Asterix Abenteuer

Asterix Adventure quartet game by ASS, 1989. • Apr 01, 2021

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August der Starke

‘August der Starke und seine Zeit’ designed by Günter Schmitz, 1985. • Sep 28, 2017

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Bourgeois Tarot

Bourgeois Tarot by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken. • Aug 07, 2011

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Hunter’s Bridge

“Hunter’s Bridge” playing cards by ASS depicting animals and associated symbols of hunting, c.1976 • Oct 04, 2016

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Jany Group

Deck issued to celebrate the Jany Group of Private Investors acquiring a controlling majority of Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabriken, 1983. • Aug 28, 2006

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North German pattern

The North German pattern appeared in the mid-19th century, derived from the French ‘Paris’ pattern • Aug 03, 2014