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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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Aventuras de Sport-Billy

The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981. • Jan 02, 2021

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Beano Playing Cards

Beano Playing Cards published by Wild & Wolf, 2009. • Feb 26, 2011

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Crikey!

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013. • Jan 22, 2021

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Crowquill Transformation

Transformation playing cards designed by the illustrator, comic artist and stage designer ‘Alfred Crowquill’ (Alfred Henry Forrester, 1804-72), printed by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850. • Apr 03, 2013

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Das Lustige Familien Quartett

“Das Lustige Familien Quartett” published by Eugen Schmidt K.G., Dresden, c.1930s • Jun 22, 2014

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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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DC Comics Originals

Waddingtons ‘DC Comics Originals’ deck from 2014 featuring ‘Batman’,‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Justice League’ and ‘Superman’ • Jun 30, 2015

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Humouristic Quartett

“Humouristic Quartett” families game produced by Adolf Sala of Berlin • Jun 23, 2014

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Martin Mystère

Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini. • Jan 12, 2021

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Muffin

Muffin card game based on children’s TV series, c.1950. • Sep 15, 2006

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Patoruzito

Patoruzito children’s playing cards, Argentina, 2004. • Mar 14, 2005

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Riders of the Range

Riders of the Range by Pepys, 1953. • Sep 28, 2016

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989 • Jan 19, 2021

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Superman

Superman World Hero™ playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi • Apr 09, 2015

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The Muppet Show

“The Muppet Show” playing cards made by ASS Altenburger in 1978 • Mar 29, 2015

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Yogi Bear Snap

Yogi Bear Snap No.6647 “Smarter than the average bear” c 1962. • Oct 11, 2014

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Zoo Comics

ZOO COMICS animated playing cards made by Litografía Ferri, Valencia (Spain), first published in 1968. • Jan 01, 1970