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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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3: 20th/21st Century Variants including some from China

I expect most collectors ignore cards made in China for export. It's true that many of them are close copies of American models, but there are also some interesting, even peculiar, redrawings of the standard English pattern. • Jun 21, 2012

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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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Ceki Cards

Indonesian Ceki cards • Aug 21, 2015

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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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Chi Chi Pai

Chinese “Chi Chi Pai” Playing Cards by Mesmaekers Frères for Far East market, c.1890. • Aug 13, 2015

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Chinese Costumes

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

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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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Double Elephant & Double Dragon

Double Elephant brand Four Colour cards • Aug 22, 2011

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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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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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Li River Souvenir

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

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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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Playing Cards in Singapore

Playing Cards in Singapore, one of the Four Asian Tigers. • Jul 06, 2011

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Rūfa

Rūfa is a game designed by Ernest Legh and manufactured by De la Rue. The object is to build a pagoda with specially-designed cards without causing the building to collapse. • Sep 02, 2015

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Tam Cúc 三菊

Tam Cúc playing cards from Vietnam, based on Chinese chess, 2016 • Jan 12, 2017

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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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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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Tô Tôm №1204

Tô Tôm is played with a 120-card Chinese-style deck. • Oct 21, 2017