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Pooltella

Pooltella cards by John Waddington Ltd, the cards that simplify football pool forecasts, 1930s.

Pooltella

Goal Fußball Spielkarten

“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.

Goal Fußball Spielkarten

International Football Whist

International Football Whist published by Pepys Games, 1947.

International Football Whist

Piktee or League Championship

“Piktee” or League Championship published by Roberts Brothers, 1938.

Piktee or League Championship

Goal!

Goal! (1st edition) published by Pepys games, 1960.

Goal!

It’s a Goal

It’s a Goal was registered to Castell Bros in July 1939.

It’s a Goal

Penalty

Penalty was invented by Ernesto Scola of Milan and published in the UK by Pepys in the 1960s

Penalty

Fussball Quartett

Fussball Quartett by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1958.

Fussball Quartett

Desafio Football Caricatures

“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000

Desafio Football Caricatures

World Cup ’98

World Cup ’98 football team pack for Paradigma Consulting Group, 2000.

World Cup ’98

Mundialito de Radiolandia 2000

‘Mundialito’ toy football playing cards published inside the magazine ‘Radiolandia 2000’, Argentina, 1978.

Mundialito de Radiolandia 2000

90 Minutes Playing Cards

90 Minutes Playing Cards by IPC Magazines 1993.

90 Minutes Playing Cards

Selección Nacional de Fútbol

‘Selección Nacional de Fútbol’ playing cards published in Mexico by Novelty Corp de México S.A. de C.V., 2002.

Selección Nacional de Fútbol

Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay

100th anniversary of the Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay, 1999.

Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973.

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Kikit

Kikit is an indoor football game made by De la Rue, c.1920.

Kikit

Manchester United

Deck produced for Manchester United Football Club published in 2006.

Manchester United

Ataque

“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958.

Ataque

Gunners Greats Playing Cards

Each of the four editions of the magazine included a complete suit from the 52 card deck with every card depicting a legend from Arsenal's history.

Gunners Greats Playing Cards

Copa de Oro 1980

Naipes “Copa de Oro 1980” manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1980.

Copa de Oro 1980

River Plate Para Siempre

“River Plate Para Siempre” football club cartoon playing cards, c.2004.

River Plate Para Siempre

Peruvian Football playing cards

Football playing cards made in Peru.

Peruvian Football playing cards

Children’s miniature football player cards, Montevideo, c.1928

Miniature children’s playing cards with photographs of football players on the reverse.

Children’s miniature football player cards, Montevideo, c.1928