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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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Adventure Time

‘Adventure Time’ cult sci-fi playing cards published by Forbidden Planet. • Apr 04, 2015

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Age of Dragons

Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017. • Jul 01, 2019

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Anne Stokes Collection

Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010. • Jun 30, 2019

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Antike Götter

“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830. • Aug 11, 2017

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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. • Apr 09, 2012

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Bathing Beauties

Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967. • Mar 18, 2020

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Bicycle Butterfly

Bicycle Butterfly playing cards from RSVP Magic with artwork by ‘Lotrék’ and printed by USPCC, 2012. • Apr 08, 2015

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Bicycle Cybertech

Bicycle Cybertech playing cards inspired by cyberpunk genre, illustrated by Jamie Meza, 2019. • Sep 25, 2019

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Bicycle Knights

Bicycle Knights playing cards designed by Sam Hayles in 2018. • Nov 20, 2019

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Bicycle Steampunk

Bicycle Steampunk playing cards with Gothic artwork by Anne Stokes, 2015. • Feb 11, 2020

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Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020. • Sep 25, 2021

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Cartes Comiques du Colonel Atthalin

“Jeu de cartes comiques” transformation cards designed by Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) and published in 1817. • Jan 31, 2016

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Creature Comfort

Creature Comfort playing cards designed by Don Moyer, 2017. • Oct 11, 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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Der Feinen Welt

Lattmann's 'Die Spielkarte Der Feinen Welt' published in 1923. • Nov 14, 2012

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Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg

“Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg” or “Coach Ride to Devil’s Castle” by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach, published by Adlung-Spiele in 2006. • Aug 16, 2017

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Dogs

‘Dogs’ playing cards showcases 52 canine portraits in four suits as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by Chet Phillips, 2016 • Apr 08, 2016

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Dragon Fight

Dragon Fight card game by Playmobil ®, 2014. • Sep 27, 2016

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Einhorn

‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986. • Nov 04, 2020

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Fable III

“Fable III” playing cards created by Lionhead Studios depicting characters in the role-playing video game published by Microsoft Game Studios in 2010 • May 05, 2015

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Fairy Snap

Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s. • Sep 24, 2020

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Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game. • Jan 12, 2020

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Game of Thrones

“Game of Thrones” playing cards are an official fan deck associated with the HBO adaptation of the books by George R.R. Martin. • Jan 09, 2016

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Harry Potter

Harry Potter Spanish-suited deck made in Argentina, c.2001. • Mar 13, 2002

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Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005. • Mar 24, 2019

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Hermits

Playing cards depicting imagined residents of St. Petersburg with illustrations by Alexei Bobrinsky • Sep 30, 2014

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Hogwarts

Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016. • Feb 13, 2018

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Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park card game made in Argentina, 2004. • Apr 04, 2005

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider 20 Years Commemorative Deck, 2016. • Dec 28, 2016

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Lego Batman Movie

Lego Batman Movie playing cards, 2017 • May 26, 2018

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Little Demons

“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970 • Aug 05, 2017

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Mask

Mask card game published by Cromy, Argentina, 1988. • Feb 10, 1999

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Minifusor Tipo Español

Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español published by Difusora S.A., c.1980. • Apr 21, 2018

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Moyen-Age by Daveluy

Cartes Moyen-Age by Daveluy, Bruges, c.1875 • Mar 20, 2014

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Peter Pan

Peter Pan by Pepys Games, first edition 1939. • Sep 23, 2014

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Pulp Pin-Up

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010. • Feb 28, 2021

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Romance Español

“Romance Español” designed by Carlos Sáenz de Tejada and published by Heraclio Fournier in various editions since 1951. • Aug 13, 2017

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Schwarzer Peter Der Wald und seine Leute

Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955. • Aug 11, 2020

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Spyscape

Spyscape espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed playing cards, 2018. • Sep 22, 2021

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Star Kings

Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, 2017. • Feb 17, 2018

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The Enchanted Journey

Cards from the delightful Enchanted Journey playing-cards by Karen Curran of Australia. • Jan 01, 1970

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The Enchanted Journey

The Enchanted Journey • Jan 01, 1970

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The Playing Card Oracles

The Picture Book of Ana Cortez is an original work of art designed to facilitate Divination. • Jan 18, 2016

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Vargas Girls

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri. • Mar 27, 2021

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Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940, • Feb 01, 2018

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World of Harry Potter

World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019. • Jan 18, 2020