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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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The Bristol Pack

The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005.

The Bristol Pack

Norwegian Troll Cards

Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000.

Norwegian Troll Cards

Crikey!

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.

Crikey!

World of Harry Potter

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

World of Harry Potter

Bicycle Cybertech

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

Bicycle Cybertech

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005.

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

Emoticon

Emoticon playing cards designed by Buy Design Studios, 2016.

Emoticon

Lego Batman Movie

Lego Batman Movie playing cards, 2017

Lego Batman Movie

Monty Gum ‘Stars Play’

‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988.

Monty Gum ‘Stars Play’

007 Die Another Day

“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002.

007 Die Another Day

Film Stars

Film Stars from the 1960s with photography by Sam Levin.

Film Stars

Calavera Playing Cards

Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015

Calavera Playing Cards

Hogwarts

Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.

Hogwarts

Story Magazine

Dutch singers, TV and theatre artist playing cards for “Story” magazine, 1978.

Story Magazine

Mickey Kids

Mickey Kids playing cards from Disney.

Mickey Kids

One Piece Hana Fuda

One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010

One Piece Hana Fuda

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider 20 Years Commemorative Deck, 2016.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

DRRR!!

DRRR!!, short for Durarara!!, is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel written by Ryohgo Narita.

DRRR!!

Breaking Bad

“Breaking Bad” fan deck designed by Albino Dragon and manufactured by the USPCC in 2014.

Breaking Bad

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

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards

Deck featuring “18 Rock ‘n’ Pop” Superstars portrayed on the court cards and jokers by eight of Britain’s leading illustrators.

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards

Hello Kitty

Waddington’s “Hello Kitty” themed deck produced in 2009.

Hello Kitty

DC Comics Originals

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

DC Comics Originals

Monty Python

Monty Python playing cards marketed by ‘re:creation’ and made in China.

Monty Python

Wallace & Gromit

Wallace & Gromit playing cards published by Marks & Spencer, 2009.

Wallace & Gromit

Mr. Men™

Mr. Men™ & Little Miss™ playing cards by Roger Hargreaves

Mr. Men™

Star Wars

‘Star Wars’ playing cards produced by Character Games, 2002

Star Wars

Toy Story 3

Animated playing cards featuring full colour illustrations of the Toy Story 3 characters.

Toy Story 3

Dr Who

Dr Who is a long-running science-fiction television series produced by the BBC, first airing in 1963.

Dr Who

Dr Who Adventures

‘Doctor Who Adventures’ is a weekly magazine aimed at younger readers. From time to time free playing cards are included with the magazine

Dr Who Adventures

Doctor Who

Doctor Who fan cards produced by Winning Moves under the Waddington's label, 2015.

Doctor Who

Esquire Magazine

Promotional deck produced by the British gentleman’s magazine “Esquire” c.2002.

Esquire Magazine

SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon playing cards featuring SpongeBob and Patrick the star fish

SpongeBob SquarePants

007 Guns & Gadgets

“007 Guns & Gadgets” themed playing cards printed by Carta Mundi, 2005.

007 Guns & Gadgets

The Simpsons™

The official ‘Simpsons’ playing cards produced by Winning Moves Games, 2003.

The Simpsons™

Superman

Superman World Hero™ playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi

Superman

Adventure Time

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

Adventure Time

The Muppet Show

“The Muppet Show” playing cards made by ASS Altenburger in 1978.

The Muppet Show

Hello Kitty

“Hello Kitty” playing cards published by Sanrio, manufactured in China, 2013

Hello Kitty

Star Wars Episode 1

“STAR WARS Episode 1” playing cards printed by U.S. Playing Card Co., c.1999

Star Wars Episode 1

Disney Collectible Cards

Disney collectable cards showing scenes from Disney animated movies, printed in Poland by KZWP-Trefl, 2003.

Disney Collectible Cards

Little Britain

“Little Britain” fan deck published by the BBC in 2005.

Little Britain

The Simpsons Playing Cards by Blackout Brother

These Simpsons playing cards were created for a t-shirt competition. Each card representing a member of the Simpsons family.

The Simpsons Playing Cards by Blackout Brother

Girls’ Generation

“Girls’ Generation” (Korean: 소녀시대; Sonyeo Shidae) is a nine-member South Korean pop girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007.

Girls’ Generation

Beano Playing Cards

Beano Playing Cards published by Wild & Wolf, 2009.

Beano Playing Cards

Family Guy

Family Guy merchandise deck licensed and copyright by Fox 2010.

Family Guy

T3 Terminator

T3 Terminator playing cards based on the popular movie, 2003.

T3 Terminator

Matrix Reloaded

Matrix Reloaded playing cards published anonymously, 2003.

Matrix Reloaded

Mambrú

Mambru pop group playing cards from Argentina, 2002.

Mambrú

Bandana

Bandana Argentine pop girl group playing cards 2002.

Bandana