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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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Mickey for Kids

Mickey for Kids

Mickey for Kids playing cards from Disney.

Monarchs Playing Cards by Theory11 2012

Monarchs Playing Cards by Theory11

Monarchs luxury playing cards by Theory11, featured in the film Now You See Me.

Monty Gum ‘Stars Play’ 1988

Monty Gum ‘Stars Play’

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

Monty Python

Monty Python

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

Moviestars 2002


Moviestars from the golden age of cinema by Offason AB of Sweden, c.2002.

Mr. Men™ 2011

Mr. Men™

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

New Musical Express 1990

New Musical Express

54 black and white photographs of solo singers, duos and groups popular around 1990.

Norwegian Troll Cards 2000

Norwegian Troll Cards

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

One Piece Hana Fuda 2010

One Piece Hana Fuda

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

Peruvian Football playing cards

Peruvian Football playing cards

Football playing cards made in Peru.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End 2009

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.

Pixel Tarot 2022

Pixel Tarot

This tarot deck pays tribute to the golden age of pixelated video games, drawing inspiration from the simplicity of pixel art graphics.

Pressers playing cards 2014

Pressers playing cards

Pressers playing cards with illustrations by Aaron Johnson printed by USPCC for Ellusionist in 2014.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Playing Cards 2013

Red Hot Chili Peppers Playing Cards

This illustration project by Gurleen Kaur features images inspired by the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Each card had illustrations from their albums and the ace, jack, queen and king are each band members.

Rock & Pop Legends 2005

Rock & Pop Legends

Stunning photos of a selection of US and UK music artists.

Rodrigo El Potro 2000

Rodrigo El Potro

Naipes El Potro Rodrigo with Spanish suit symbols and photos of the pop singer on each card, c.2000.

Science Fiction 2016

Science Fiction

A deck of 55 cards, celebrating a time when Science Fiction truly was, Science Fiction.

Smash Hits playing cards 1999

Smash Hits playing cards

Pack of playing cards with pop stars offered free with the Smash Hits magazine.

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards

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.

South Park Playing Cards 2001

South Park Playing Cards

South Park characters and famous one-liners, by Carta Mundi for Hasbro Int. Inc., 2001.