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Playing Card Design

The playing card calls for artistic treatment and although the constrained size imposes some limitations there is an almost bewildering wealth and variety of designs in playing cards and their tuck boxes. The serious player requires design to be unobtrusive so that aesthetic considerations remain in the background. However, with modern manufacturing technology more eye-catching designs are becoming popular as gifts, collectibles and for their attractive appearance.

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Alice in Wonderland by Jesús Blasco 2003

Alice in Wonderland by Jesús Blasco

Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Alice in Wonderland by Sasha Dounaevski 2018

Alice in Wonderland by Sasha Dounaevski

Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018.

America 1960

America

“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960.

Ancient Civilisations 1973

Ancient Civilisations

Ancient Civilisations playing cards designed by Celedonio Perellón, produced by Heraclio Fournier, 1973.

Anna Gaber

Anna Gaber

Anna Gaber playing cards from Poland.

Anne Stokes Collection 2010

Anne Stokes Collection

Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010.

Anonymous Dutch deck, 1940s

Anonymous Dutch deck, 1940s

Anonymous Dutch deck, 1940s

Arnold Schönberg 1909

Arnold Schönberg

In around 1909 he created three sets of playing cards. His inventiveness was driven by a passion for rules, order and numbers.

Ases de la pintura / Masters of painting 1990

Ases de la pintura / Masters of painting

Ases de la pintura / Masters of painting playing cards made by Naipes Comas, Spain, c.1990.

Balázs Pál Nagy's Playing Cards

Balázs Pál Nagy's Playing Cards

Balázs Pál Nagy's Playing Cards

Balázs Pál Nagy's Tell No. 3306 Playing Cards

Balázs Pál Nagy's Tell No. 3306 Playing Cards

Balázs Pál Nagy Tell 3306

Banco for Air France, c.1952 1952

Banco for Air France, c.1952

Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952.

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962 1962

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962

Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962.

Baracca & Burattini 1990

Baracca & Burattini

Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998.

Baraja 2002

Baraja "Te Amo" cartoons by Serafín

Baraja 'Te Amo' con dibujos de Serafín en tirada de 500 ejemplares numerados, 48 naipes. Fabricado por Naipes Comas (Barcelona) 2002.

Baraja “Neoclásica”, Madrid, 1810 1810

Baraja “Neoclásica”, Madrid, 1810

Baraja “Neoclásica” engraved by José Martínez de Castro, first published by Clemente Roxas, Madrid, 1810.

Baraja Asescoin 1998 1998

Baraja Asescoin 1998

Asescoin 1998 member’s pack designed by Josep Soriano.

Baraja Cuauhtémoc 1950

Baraja Cuauhtémoc

Baraja Cuauhtémoc published by Treviño Narro, Monterrey, Mexico Original artwork by P. X. Santaella featuring Aztec and other important pre-Columbian cultures.

Baraja Digital 1990

Baraja Digital

Baraja Digital by Naipes De La Cigüeña, 1990.

Baraja Edad Media 1993

Baraja Edad Media

Baraja Edad Media, fantasy Spanish-suited medieval playing cards published Mas-Reynals, Barcelona, 1993. Designed by M. Malé and illustrated by V. Maza.