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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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Adventure Time

‘Adventure Time’ cult sci-fi playing cards published by Forbidden Planet. • Apr 04, 2015

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Amos del Universo

“Amos del Universo” card game published by Litografía Goicochea Hnos, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1980 • Nov 21, 2015

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Astronaut

Astronaut card game published by Pepys Series (Castell Bros) celebrating the arrival of space travel, 1960s • May 31, 2016

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Bicycle Cybertech

Bicycle Cybertech playing cards inspired by cyberpunk genre, illustrated by Jamie Meza, 2019. • Sep 25, 2019

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Dan Dare

Dan Dare sci-fi card game based upon Frank Hampson’s pictures in the Eagle comic, published in 1953. • Mar 31, 2018

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DC Comics Originals

Waddingtons ‘DC Comics Originals’ deck from 2014 featuring ‘Batman’,‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Justice League’ and ‘Superman’ • Jun 30, 2015

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Doctor Who

Doctor Who fan cards produced by Winning Moves under the Waddington's label, 2015. • May 14, 2015

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Dr Who

Dr Who is a long-running science-fiction television series produced by the BBC, first airing in 1963. • May 14, 2015

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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 • May 14, 2015

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Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game. • Jan 12, 2020

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Mask

Mask card game published by Cromy, Argentina, 1988. • Feb 10, 1999

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Matrix Reloaded

Matrix Reloaded playing cards published anonymously, 2003. • Apr 08, 2004

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Pulp Pin-Up

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010. • Feb 28, 2021

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Quantum

Quantum playing cards designed by Catherine Geaney. • Apr 16, 2014

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Star Kings

Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, 2017. • Feb 17, 2018

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Star Stack

Star Stack playing cards feature illustrations of famous astronomers and important astronomical constellations. • Dec 21, 2015

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Star Wars

‘Star Wars’ playing cards produced by Character Games, 2002 • May 31, 2015

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Star Wars Episode 1

“STAR WARS Episode 1” playing cards printed by U.S. Playing Card Co., c.1999 • Jan 19, 2015

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T3 Terminator

T3 Terminator playing cards based on the popular movie, 2003. • Apr 09, 2004