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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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SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants

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

Star Trek II • The Wrath of Khan 1982

Star Trek II • The Wrath of Khan

This deck is a vibrant photographic tribute to "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," one of the most beloved films in the Star Trek saga.

Star Wars 2002

Star Wars

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

Star Wars Episode 1 1999

Star Wars Episode 1

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

Star Wars: a New Hope 2007

Star Wars: a New Hope

‘Star Wars: a New Hope’ playing cards to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film Star Wars, USA, 2007.

Stars of Country Music 1995

Stars of Country Music

Stars of Country Music playing cards with non-standard suit symbols, USA, 1995

Starz behind bars 2003

Starz behind bars

Starz behind bars playing cards with mug shots of the rich and famous under arrest, USA, 2003.

Story Magazine 1978

Story Magazine

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

Superman 2005


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

T3 Terminator 2003

T3 Terminator

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

Tarot of the Unknown 2019

Tarot of the Unknown

Inspired by the Halloween Cartoon “Over the Garden Wall”.

The Beatles • Yellow Submarine 2004

The Beatles • Yellow Submarine

A colourful deck celebrating the 1968 animated feature film based on the Lennon/McCartney song of the same name.

The Beatles playing cards 2004

The Beatles playing cards

Two packs featuring photos of The Beatles issued by the same publisher in 2004 and 2005.

The Bristol Pack 2005

The Bristol Pack

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

The Broons and Oor Wullie playing cards 2011

The Broons and Oor Wullie playing cards

Characters from The Broons and Oor Wullie comic strips on their 75th anniversary.

The Lord of the Rings Tarot Deck & Card Game 1997

The Lord of the Rings Tarot Deck & Card Game

The Lord of the Rings Tarot Pack by Terry Donaldson and artist Peter Pracownik. Published 1997 by U.S. Games Systems.

The Muppet Show 1978

The Muppet Show

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

The Simpsons Playing Cards 2014

The Simpsons Playing Cards

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

The Simpsons™ 2003

The Simpsons™

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

The Simpsons™ (Czech version) 2014

The Simpsons™ (Czech version)

Non-standard Bohemian cards featuring The Simpsons made for EFKO, Czech Republic, 2014.