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Popular Culture in Playing Cards

As the ‘culture of the people’, contemporary popular culture is a product of economically more developed countries and arises from a combination of advances in technology and increased leisure time. Popular culture is also informed by the mass media. Iconic brands aim to be sold to large numbers of people as a commodity. Certain currents of pop culture may originate from or diverge into a subculture. Many new cardistry and Kickstarter decks fall into this category.

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Harry Potter 2001

Harry Potter

Harry Potter Spanish-suited deck made in Argentina, c.2001.

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire 2005

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005.

Hello Kitty 2009

Hello Kitty

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

Hello Kitty 2013

Hello Kitty

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

Hip Hop Tarot 2020

Hip Hop Tarot

Hip Hop Tarot designed by Ben Gore and produced by Blue Monday Press brings a rap twist to a deck of tarot cards.

Hitchcock 2021


A deck of 55 cards celebrating the master of mystery, murder and mayhem, Alfred Hitchcock.

Hogwarts 2016


Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.

House of Tudor 2023

House of Tudor

Randy Butterfield's House of Tudor playing cards feature detailed art in a high-quality collectible style.

Hyperspace Royalty 2020

Hyperspace Royalty

Modern geometric designs by graphic artist Mathew den Boer, Canada, 2020.

I Trionfi d’Amore 1978

I Trionfi d’Amore

Tarot trumps designed by Juan Ballesta and inspired by 1970s pop culture, promoting Baci chocolates.

Jeu des Copains 1965

Jeu des Copains

French popular singing stars of the 1960s.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2016

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider 20 Years Commemorative Deck, 2016.

Le carte di Tex 2017

Le carte di Tex

Characters from the famous Italian comic book series, Tex, created by Gian Luigi Bonelli and Aurelio Galleppini.

Lego Batman Movie 2017

Lego Batman Movie

Lego Batman Movie playing cards, 2017

Les Tontons du Rock 2021

Les Tontons du Rock

Caricatures of rock and pop stars in black and white by Charles Da Costa.

Little Britain

Little Britain

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

Magic: The Gathering® Poker Decks 1998

Magic: The Gathering® Poker Decks

A pair of suited packs with artwork from Magic: The Gathering trading cards.



Mambru pop group playing cards from Argentina, 2002.

Marvel Poker 1995

Marvel Poker

Marvel comic book characters on a pack from Italy with designs by Marco Nizzoli.

Matrix Reloaded 2003

Matrix Reloaded

Matrix Reloaded playing cards published anonymously, 2003.