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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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Baraja Gaucha

“Baraja Gaucha” fantasy deck designed by Mateo Tikas Plechas for Argentina, 1998. • Sep 30, 2016

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Baralla Galega

'Baralla Galega' designed by X. Cobas and published by Imprenta Comercial Imprent S.A., La Coruña (Spain) in 1983 • Sep 11, 2013

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Bharata Major Arcana Tarot

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms. • Feb 09, 2018

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Bharata Playing Cards

Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018 • Jul 04, 2018

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Calavera Playing Cards

Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015 • Feb 15, 2018

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Caperucita Roja

Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981. • Jan 18, 2021

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Casais Portugueses

Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies • Dec 12, 2019

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Chinese Dragon Robes

Deck featuring 54 different images of Chinese Dragon Robes that emperors, empresses and royal family members wear on important occasions • Aug 19, 2015

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Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier... card game published by Pepys Games, 1956. • Jan 24, 2018

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Divine Art Playing Cards - Relaunch

Divine Art Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba & Guru Playing Card Company, 2016. • Apr 18, 2017

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Fairy Legend Misfitz

Fairy Legend Misfitz published by C W Faulkner & Co Ltd, c.1908. • Feb 16, 2020

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Fairy Tales

German Fairy Tales Card Game. • Jun 22, 2014

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Fairy Tales

the Game of Fairy Tales published by Multum in Parvo Co,, from 1896 • Sep 01, 2016

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Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1903. • Apr 10, 2019

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Folk Cards

Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962. • Oct 04, 2021

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Folklore

“Folklore” by Altenburger Spielkarten Fabrik, c.1982 • Aug 24, 2015

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Folklore No.169

Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934. • Sep 11, 2018

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Gaucho Naipes

‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001 • Jun 27, 2016

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Gunfighters

Gunfighters playing cards from the Wild West Series by SPCC, 2018. • Feb 20, 2019

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Kalevala

Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology. • Nov 07, 2018

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La Belle au bois dormant

Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s. • Jan 16, 2021

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Latvia Art

Playing cards designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of the Latvian folk epic “Lāčplēsis”. • Jun 18, 2012

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Le Avventure di Pinocchio

Avventure di Pinocchio by Dal Negro, based on Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”. • Nov 09, 2018

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Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne • Nov 26, 2018

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Märchen-Quartett

Märchen-Quartett (Fairy Tales) illustrated by J. P. Werth and published by J. W. Spear & Söhne, c.1915. • Aug 26, 2020

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Märchen-Quartett

Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960. • Sep 06, 2020

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Märchenquartett

Fairy Tales quartet designed by Annemarie Gramberg, published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken AG, 1955. • Aug 10, 2020

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Martín Fierro

Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez. • May 24, 2019

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Matyó-Bridge No.50

The court cards in this delightful Art Deco pack represent persons in various colourfully embroidered folkloric costumes. Designed by Hungarian artist Ilona Radnainé Szöredi. • Mar 21, 2013

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Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol

‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005. • Jun 26, 2016

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Naipes Cardón

Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002. • Aug 12, 2019

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Naipes Criollos

“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995. • Aug 18, 2019

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Netherlands Kostuum Kwartet

Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983. • May 16, 2021

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Norwegian Troll Cards

Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000. • Jan 24, 2021

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Österreichisches Trachten-quartett

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne. • Apr 18, 2021

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Pinocchio

Pinocchio fairy tale playing cards illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev for Lo Scarabeo, 2003. • Mar 22, 2018

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Pinocchio

Pinocchio card game published by Pepys Games, 1940. • Apr 16, 2018

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Pinocho

Pinocho children’s playing cards published by Editorial Gráfica Flores c.1975. • Apr 15, 2005

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Provinces de France

Jeu des Provinces de France published by Éditions Dusserre, 1979. • Sep 10, 2017

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Pulgarcito

Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981. • Jan 16, 2021

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Recado de Bastos - Gaucho Scrapbook

Recado de Bastos (‘Gaucho Scrapbook’) Gaucho-themed deck from Argentina, 2006 • Feb 01, 2012

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Robin Hood

Robin Hood card game published by Pepys, 1956. • Sep 29, 2016

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Scottish Legends

Scottish Legends playing cards illustrated by Mark Oxbrow. published by R Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998. • Aug 20, 2017

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Sprookjes Kwartet

Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970. • Nov 09, 2020

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Stefans Bercs

In 1923 a competition was announced for a new Latvian pack. The winner of this competition was Stefans Bercs. • Jan 01, 1970

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Suicide King

The King of Hearts, holding a sword behind his head, is sometimes nicknamed the “Suicide King”. He can be seen to derive from a late medieval design showing a King wielding a battle axe. • Nov 08, 2013

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Wild West

Wild West card game published by Pepys, 1963. • Oct 10, 2012