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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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Adventure Time

‘Adventure Time’ cult sci-fi playing cards published by Forbidden Planet. • Apr 04, 2015

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Alice

Alice card game published by Pepys in 1952, based on the Walt Disney film “Alice in Wonderland”. • Jul 06, 2016

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Argentine Political Cards

Political Playing Cards, Buenos Aires, 1890. • Jan 01, 1970

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Army Health Promotion

Health Promotion playing cards issued by the British Army with cartoons about army life and information on where to get health advice. • Aug 28, 2015

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Asociart promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000

Asociart Insurance promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000 • Apr 01, 2002

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Astérix

Cartes à Jouer ‘Astérix’ published by Ducale, 1987. • Sep 05, 2016

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Baraja Gallega

Baraja Gallega designed by cartoonists and caricaturists Pinto Chinto (David Pintor & Carlos López) in 2002. • Sep 12, 2013

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Baraja Literaria

“Baraja Literaria” Spanish pack with cartoons by Serafín, published by Asescoin and manufactured by Naipes Comas, 2002 • Jan 18, 2015

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Baraja PEPLVM

Baraja PEPLVM features cartoons by Ortuño of famous actors and actresses in roles from epic Roman movies • Feb 01, 2016

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Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!!

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939. • Jun 18, 2020

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Billiken Minicartas

Children’s toy cards published in Argentina by Editorial Atlántida in the magazine “Billiken”, 1964 • Feb 05, 2015

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Boerenbond Veevoeders

Promotional deck designed by Ray Goossens for the Boerenbond farmers’ union, c.1968 • Aug 22, 2017

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Butagaz

“Butagaz” playing cards for the French gas company, c.1976 • Jul 20, 2017

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Capilettor

Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978. • Apr 28, 2020

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Cartes Recréatives

Cartes Recréatives is a set of Transformed playing cards designed by Armand-Gustave Houbigant (1790-1863) and first published by Terquem et May, Metz, in 1819. • Dec 11, 2015

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Christmas Playing Cards

Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986. • Dec 25, 2021

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Cine Manual + Periquito

“Cine Manual” by Antonio Vercher Coll (1900-1934) and published by Reclamos Cimadevilla, Valencia, c.1927 • Jan 27, 2015

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Czech Insurance Company pack

Czech Insurance Company cartoon pack • Jun 11, 2014

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Czech Patience Cards

Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings. • Aug 09, 2015

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DC Comic Bombshells

Stylish playing cards featuring the glamorous, superpowered female stars of the alternate reality world of DC Comics, published by 'Forbidden Planet', 2015 • Dec 13, 2015

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Deportistas Guipuzcoanos

Guipuzcoa’s best athletes of the twentieth century, playing cards sponsored by El Diario Vasco and Euskaltel, manufactured by Heraclio Fournier, 1999 • Feb 28, 2014

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Disney Club

Disney Club card game by Cromy, 1990. • Jul 25, 1999

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Dumbo

Walt Disney’s Dumbo card game published by Pepys, 1939. • Apr 15, 2016

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Editorial Gráfica Flores, c.1970-90

Editorial Gráfica Flores S.A. were manufacturers of playing cards and card games around c.1970-90. • Apr 14, 2004

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Family Guy

Family Guy merchandise deck licensed and copyright by Fox 2010. • Feb 05, 2011

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Farmyard Cries

Farmyard Cries card game, designed by Racey Helps and published by Pepys Games, 1952. • Apr 27, 2017

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Fate Circular Deck

Circular Spanish-suited playing cards for FATE, 2007 • Jan 31, 2013

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Flintstones Happy Families

Flintstones Happy Families by J. W. Spear and Sons, c.1960. • Jul 06, 2019

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Fred Basset

Fred Basset card game published by Pepys in 1977 based on the cartoon strip by Alex Graham. • Sep 09, 2016

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Geprüfte Sicherheit

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Accident Research, 1978 • Jul 21, 2017

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels by Pepys Games, based on the cartoon film, 1940. • Mar 24, 2018

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Habemus Boda, 2004

“Habemus Boda” deck celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain with cartoons by Sir Cámara • Feb 02, 2016

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Hamm’s Beer

Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968. • Dec 18, 2020

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Happy Families

Happy Families by Norvic Mill, c.1920s. • Sep 24, 2018

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Hello Kitty

“Hello Kitty” playing cards published by Sanrio, manufactured in China, 2013 • Mar 21, 2015

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Hello Kitty

Waddington’s “Hello Kitty” themed deck produced in 2009. • Aug 12, 2015

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Huckleberry Hound Booby

Tower Press “Huckleberry Hound Booby” No 6648, c.1962. • Feb 29, 2012

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In der Fuehrer’s Face

“In der Fuehrer’s Face” playing cards designed in 1945 by Antonio Arias Bernal, a Mexican artist, but not published until 2002. • Jul 02, 2015

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Jacqueline Wilson Playing Cards

“Jacqueline Wilson” playing cards were illustrated by Nick Sharratt and published by Winning Moves UK Ltd in 2007. • Sep 23, 2015

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Juegos Victoria | Juguetes Royal

Juegos Victoria – Juguetes Royal – publishers of children’s card games in Argentina during the 1960s and ‘70s. • Mar 13, 1999

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Jungle Book

Jungle Book by Pepys games, inspired by Walt Disney, 1967 • Jul 03, 2015

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Käpt’n Blaubär

Käpt’n Blaubär quartett for Deutsche Postbank AG, 2010. • Apr 19, 2011

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Kuningas Artturin Ritarit

“Kuningas Artturin Ritarit” (King Arthur’s Knights) playing cards designed by Mauri Kunnas • Mar 25, 2015

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Las Cartas de Sara

Las Cartas de Sara (Yerba Mate) based on an idea by Diego Silva Pintos and illustrated by Hogue. Produced by Color/9, c.2003. • May 03, 2010

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Le Bossu de Notre-Dame

“Le Bossu de Notre-Dame” families card game published by Ducale (France Cartes), c.1998. • Aug 27, 2015

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Les Mousquetaires

Philibert "Les Mousquetaires" Playing Cards, designed by Albert Dubout (1905-1976). • Oct 11, 2012

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Loriot Rummy

Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973. • Dec 23, 2020

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Löwen Entertainment

Skat deck for Löwen Entertainment, producers of electronic gaming machines, 1986 • Aug 20, 2017

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Michelin Tyres, c.1970

Michelin Tyres by Waddingtons, c.1970. • Jul 19, 2017

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Mickey Mouse y Amigos

“Mickey Mouse y Amigos” Spanish-suited pack mimicking Fournier’s Castilian pattern, 2001 • Jan 31, 2013

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Mickey’s Fun Fair

Mickey’s Fun Fair published by Pepys Games in collaboration with Walt Disney, 1939. • May 10, 2018