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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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Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

Spyscape

Spyscape espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed playing cards, 2018.

Spyscape

Vargas Girls

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.

Vargas Girls

Pulp Pin-Up

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

Pulp Pin-Up

Einhorn

‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986.

Einhorn

Fairy Snap

Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.

Fairy Snap

Schwarzer Peter Der Wald und seine Leute

Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.

Schwarzer Peter Der Wald und seine Leute

Bathing Beauties

Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.

Bathing Beauties

Bicycle Steampunk

Bicycle Steampunk playing cards with Gothic artwork by Anne Stokes, 2015.

Bicycle Steampunk

World of Harry Potter

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

World of Harry Potter

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game.

Final Fantasy VII

Bicycle Knights

Bicycle Knights playing cards designed by Sam Hayles in 2018.

Bicycle Knights

Bicycle Cybertech

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

Bicycle Cybertech

Age of Dragons

Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017.

Age of Dragons

Anne Stokes Collection

Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010.

Anne Stokes Collection

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005.

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

Lego Batman Movie

Lego Batman Movie playing cards, 2017

Lego Batman Movie

Minifusor Tipo Español

Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español published by Difusora S.A., c.1980.

Minifusor Tipo Español

Star Kings

Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, 2017.

Star Kings

Hogwarts

Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.

Hogwarts

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940,

Wizard of Oz

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.

Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg

Antike Götter

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

Antike Götter

Little Demons

“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970

Little Demons

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider 20 Years Commemorative Deck, 2016.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Dragon Fight

Dragon Fight card game by Playmobil ®, 2014.

Dragon Fight

Dogs

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

Dogs

Cartes Comiques du Colonel Atthalin

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

Cartes Comiques du Colonel Atthalin

The Playing Card Oracles

The Picture Book of Ana Cortez is an original work of art designed to facilitate Divination.

The Playing Card Oracles

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.

Game of Thrones

Tarot of Musterberg

Designed by Cesare Asaro to simulate decks from the 1700s or earlier, the Tarot of Musterberg is based on the traditional Tarot de Marseille but with an imaginary historical background.

Tarot of Musterberg

DC Comics Originals

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

DC Comics Originals

Space Age Game of Old Maid

The ‘Space Age Game of Old Maid’ published by Russell Manufacturing Company, Leicester, Massachusetts, USA, c.1965.

Space Age Game of Old Maid

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

Fable III

Bicycle Butterfly

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

Bicycle Butterfly

Adventure Time

‘Adventure Time’ cult sci-fi playing cards published by Forbidden Planet.

Adventure Time

Creature Comfort

Creature Comfort playing cards designed by Don Moyer, 2017.

Creature Comfort

Peter Pan

Peter Pan by Pepys Games, first edition 1939.

Peter Pan

Moyen-Age by Daveluy

Cartes Moyen-Age by Daveluy, Bruges, c.1875.

Moyen-Age by Daveluy

War of Omens - A Digital Deck-Builder by Fifth Column Games

War of Omens is a card game combining deck-builder and collectable-card-game mechanics, featuring fast, strategic play and 3 different playable factions.

War of Omens - A Digital Deck-Builder by Fifth Column Games

Kingdoms of a New World

Enter the Kingdoms of the New World with these fantasy themed playing cards by Nathanael Mortensen,

Kingdoms of a New World

Der Feinen Welt

Lattmann's 'Die Spielkarte Der Feinen Welt' published in 1923.

Der Feinen Welt

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.

Baraja Edad Media

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park card game made in Argentina, 2004.

Jurassic Park

Harry Potter

Harry Potter Spanish-suited deck made in Argentina, c.2001.

Harry Potter

Mask

Mask card game published by Cromy, Argentina, 1988.

Mask

The Enchanted Journey

Cards from the delightful Enchanted Journey playing-cards by Karen Curran of Australia.

The Enchanted Journey