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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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Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables playing cards by I. Kirk, c.1759. • Sep 26, 2019

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Alice

Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003. • Mar 07, 2021

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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 • Sep 09, 2014

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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018. • Sep 20, 2019

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Alice in Wonderland Snap

Alice in Wonderland “Snap” 1 penny game from 1920s or 30s, made in Germany, anonymous manufacturer. • Aug 24, 2014

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Authors

Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951. • Sep 24, 2020

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Baraja Literaria

“Baraja Literaria” Spanish pack with cartoons by Serafín, published by Asescoin and manufactured by Naipes Comas, 2002 • Jan 18, 2015

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Beatrix Potter’s Rummy

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy published by Gibsons Games, c.1985. • Aug 19, 2018

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Biggles

Biggles card game published by Pepys Games in 1955 based on the popular books by Capt W E Johns. • Mar 17, 2017

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Boekenkwartet

Boekenkwartet featuring illustrations from children's books, 1970s. • Oct 30, 2019

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Characters from Charles Dickens

“Characters from Charles Dickens” card game published by Jaques & Son, c.1880. • May 08, 2015

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Characters of “The Water Margin”

Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克. • Nov 28, 2018

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Crikey!

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013. • Jan 22, 2021

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Dickens Snap

Dickens Snap, c.1890. • Sep 20, 2020

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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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Don Quijote IV Centenario

Baraja IV Centenario Don Quijote is the work of artist Vicente Arnás, published by Asescoin, Madrid, 2004. • Aug 24, 2013

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El Gato con Botas

Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981. • Feb 13, 2021

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Fairy Tales

German Fairy Tales Card Game. • Jun 22, 2014

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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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Gulliver

Deck inspired by Gulliver‘s Travels book by Jonathan Swift, Lo Scarabeo, 2003. • Mar 12, 2021

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Gulliver im Land der Zwerge

Gulliver in the Land of Dwarfs quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pößneck. • Feb 14, 2021

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950. • Jan 12, 2021

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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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Hogwarts

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

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Jacqueline Wilson Playing Cards

“Jacqueline Wilson” playing cards were illustrated by Nick Sharratt and published by Winning Moves UK Ltd in 2007. • Sep 23, 2015

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Just William

Just William, drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952. • Aug 14, 2016

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La Mariée du Mardi-Gras

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras, published by Jeux et Jouets Français. Paris, early 1900s. • Jun 29, 2020

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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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Literary Figures

Non-Standard Literary Figures playing cards manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne A.G., Vienna, 1924. • Aug 04, 2010

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Martín Fierro

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

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Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall. • Apr 18, 2020

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New Style ‘Jugendstil’

Playing cards showing the influence of ‘Jugendstil’ manufactured by the Soviet Playing Card Monopoly (U.S.S.R.) 1930 • Jun 09, 2014

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Noddy Happy Families

Enid Blyton’s Noddy Happy Families was published in 1955 by Sampson Low, 25 Gilbert Street, London W.1., manufactured in Great Britain. • Dec 29, 2010

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On The Cards

A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019. • May 16, 2019

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989 • Jan 19, 2021

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Wonderland Misfitz

Wonderland Misfitz by C.W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd, c.1908. • Mar 09, 2020