Yet another strand of the playing card world is that of card games, packs of cards usually designed to play just one game. The commonest are Happy Families and similar collecting games, and Snap, but the variety is as great as in ordinary playing cards.
This pack created by Michael Scott has been inspired by retro 8-bit pixel games from the 80s and 90s.
A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.
Alice card game published by Pepys in 1952, based on the Walt Disney film “Alice in Wonderland”.
Alice in Wonderland card game based on original designs by Sir John Tenniel published by Thomas De la Rue & Co. Ltd, c.1900
Alice in Wonderland “Snap” 1 penny game from 1920s or 30s, made in Germany, anonymous manufacturer.
“Amos del Universo” card game published by Litografía Goicochea Hnos, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1980.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
The full set of this 'Snap' card game is believed to have 9 characters in sets of four, making a total of 36 cards.
Animals Quartet game printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru, early 1900s.
Anno Domini biblical card game depicting New Testament history, published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Bible, c.1875.
The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.
Armchair Cricket by ex-professional County Cricket player Don Arnold was first marketed by Norfolk House Enterprises in 1983.
Astronaut card game published by Pepys Series (Castell Bros) celebrating the arrival of space travel, 1960s
“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958.
cards from a 40-card children's "Questions and Answers" game. The Spanish suit signs have been changed to tambourines, yo-yos, swords and skittles. Printed lithographically in Cuba, c.1930.
Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.
‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979.
Belisha, published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys Games) in 1937, was produced with a desire to make a helpful contribution to the national Safety First campaign.
“Fireside Bible Game” (No.1124) published by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, USA, 1899.
Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939.
Biggles card game published by Pepys Games in 1955 based on the popular books by Capt W E Johns.
The game of “Birds, Beasts and Fishes” published by Multum in Parvo Ltd, from 1896