A fascinating collection that was the basis of a lot of research that we still benefit from today.
There are some unusual designs in playing cards, even the shape of the card.
This is a personal account of some of my experiences collecting playing cards.
Notions like rarity and monetary value are slippery customers and need careful handling. And there are still plenty of misleading descriptions on eBay - as well as looney prices!
A number of mixed packs appear for sale from time to time, but it's important to sort out what is meant by the term mixed. It is an issue that is not as straightforward as it might seem.
Dating is a particularly tricky but very interesting problem to tackle and there are many pitfalls.
A brief survey of some of the current variation in the standard English pattern.
A brief look at the number cards used in standard English packs.
This is an archive list of my collection. I hope it will be of use and interest to others.
Case Study: using detective work to identify and date a pack discovered in charity shop.
This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating.
Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.
I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls.
Collectors pack of Antiques playing cards published by Collectors Cards, Abertillery, South Wales, c.1980.
I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern.