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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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Crikey!

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.

Crikey!

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989

Sherlock Holmes

Martin Mystère

Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.

Martin Mystère

Aventuras de Sport-Billy

The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981.

Aventuras de Sport-Billy

Riders of the Range

Riders of the Range by Pepys, 1953.

Riders of the Range

DC Comics Originals

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

DC Comics Originals

Superman

Superman World Hero™ playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi

Superman

The Muppet Show

“The Muppet Show” playing cards made by ASS Altenburger in 1978.

The Muppet Show

Yogi Bear Snap

Yogi Bear Snap No.6647 “Smarter than the average bear” c 1962.

Yogi Bear Snap

Humouristic Quartett

“Humouristic Quartett” families game produced by Adolf Sala of Berlin

Humouristic Quartett

Das Lustige Familien Quartett

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

Das Lustige Familien Quartett

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.

Crowquill Transformation

Beano Playing Cards

Beano Playing Cards published by Wild & Wolf, 2009.

Beano Playing Cards

Muffin

Muffin card game based on children’s TV series, c.1950.

Muffin

Patoruzito

Patoruzito children’s playing cards, Argentina, 2004.

Patoruzito

Zoo Comics

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

Zoo Comics