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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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90 Minutes Playing Cards

90 Minutes Playing Cards by IPC Magazines 1993. • Oct 05, 2016

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Angler Skat

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981 • Dec 01, 2016

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Armchair Cricket

Armchair Cricket by ex-professional County Cricket player Don Arnold was first marketed by Norfolk House Enterprises in 1983. • Dec 24, 2016

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Aventuras de Sport-Billy

The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981. • Jan 02, 2021

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Badische Spielkartenfabrik

Sports-themed playing cards published by Badische Spielkartenfabrik, Baden, c.1930 • Apr 04, 2013

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Baraja Boxeo

Baraja de Boxeo, c.1930 • Jan 01, 1970

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Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973 • Apr 04, 2016

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BMW Promo Top Trumps

BMW Promo Top Trumps produced as a promotion for the London 2012 Olympic Games. • Jan 06, 2018

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Boxing Greats

Boxing Greats published by KickarseCards, a compilation of boxing icons in history. • May 11, 2019

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Card Golf

Card Golf published by Pepys Games, c.1960. • Sep 04, 2018

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Chad Valley ‘Sporting Snap’ c.1895

Chad Valley ‘Sporting Snap’ card game designed by Max Pollock c.1895. • May 16, 2015

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Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay

100th anniversary of the Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay, 1999. • Jul 08, 2016

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Corrida de Toros

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969. • Feb 18, 2021

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Crickette

“Crickette” card game manufactured by Woolley & Co., London, c.1890. • May 08, 2015

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D’Ye Ken John Peel

“D’Ye Ken John Peel” by Greta Games, Carlisle, c.1920. • Sep 05, 2016

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Deportistas Guipuzcoanos

Guipuzcoa’s best athletes of the twentieth century, playing cards sponsored by El Diario Vasco and Euskaltel, manufactured by Heraclio Fournier, 1999 • Feb 28, 2014

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Derby Day

Derby Day race game published by Parker Games’ English subsidiary at Ivy Lane, London, from 1908 to around 1920. • Oct 04, 2016

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Desafio Football Caricatures

“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000 • Feb 05, 2017

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Four Days of Walking Event

Dutch playing cards promoting the annual International Four Days of Walking Event held in Holland, 2016 • Oct 25, 2016

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Fox & Hounds

Fox & Hounds card game published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1899. • Apr 01, 2018

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Fussball Quartett

Fussball Quartett by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1958 • Aug 15, 2017

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Goal Fußball Spielkarten

“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s. • Aug 17, 2018

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Goal!

Goal! (1st edition) published by Pepys games, 1960. • Feb 21, 2018

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Grand Prix Champions

“Grand Prix Champions” printed by Offason. • Dec 14, 2010

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Hunter’s Bridge

“Hunter’s Bridge” playing cards by ASS depicting animals and associated symbols of hunting, c.1976 • Oct 04, 2016

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It’s a Goal

It’s a Goal was registered to Castell Bros in July 1939. • Jan 29, 2018

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Kargo

Kargo or Card Golf published by Kum-Bak Sports Toys & Games, c.1930. • Oct 05, 2017

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Kargo

Kargo golf card game manufactured by Castell Brothers Ltd for Pepys Games, c.1936. • May 05, 2016

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Kikit

Kikit is an indoor football game made by De la Rue, c.1920. • Nov 01, 2015

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Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games MFG Co., Ltd, London S.E.11 • May 22, 2021

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Les Sports

Les Sports quartet game designed by Paul Ordner, c.1960. • Jul 03, 2017

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Motor Handicap

‘The Motor Handicap’ card game published by Philpott & Co. Ltd, Surbiton, 1920s. • Apr 13, 2015

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Olympia Sport Quartett

Olympia Sport Quartett designed by Siegfried Riediger, 1953. • May 20, 2018

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Olympics 2012

Each card features a representation of a different sport at the London 2012 Olympic or Paralympic games. • Jun 01, 2015

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Papita Sport Kwartet

Papita Sport Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek, c.1975. • Oct 28, 2018

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Penalty

Penalty was invented by Ernesto Scola of Milan and published in the UK by Pepys in the 1960s • Oct 12, 2017

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Peruvian Football playing cards

Football playing cards made in Peru • Jan 01, 1970

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Pocket Size Bowling

Pocket Size Bowling card game by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s. • Jan 10, 2019

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Progressive Whist Cards - page 3

There were various Sports and Sporting Whist themes... and tobacco advertising on score cards. • Mar 22, 2016

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Race-Cardo

Race-Cardo published by C.W. Faulkner & Co Ltd, c.1925. • Apr 11, 2019

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Rally

Rally card game by Pepys, 1955. • Sep 27, 2005

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River Plate Para Siempre

“River Plate Para Siempre” football club cartoon playing cards, c.2004. • May 01, 2005

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Rivers Edge Products

Rivers Edge Products for the outdoor enthusiast include magnificent artwork on playing cards. • Jun 01, 2015

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Selección Nacional de Fútbol

‘Selección Nacional de Fútbol’ playing cards published in Mexico by Novelty Corp de México S.A. de C.V., 2002 • Aug 19, 2016

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Skid-o

Skid-o motorcycle card game by Pepys, 1951. • Sep 29, 2015

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Spielkarte für Schützen

“Spielkarte für Schützen” deck designed by Karl Heinz Lanz, published by Rudolf Bechtold and Co., c.1966 • Nov 29, 2014

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Stap Op

Stap Op by Penco for Victory Spelen 1945. A clone of Parker’s Touring except the Dutch have to do it all on a bicycle. • Oct 05, 1998

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The ‘Rinker’ Snap

The ‘Rinker’ highly amusing snap game, c.1910. • Apr 29, 2021

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They’re Off

“They’re Off” horse racing card game by Pepys, c.1940. • Oct 05, 2014

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Tops and Tails

‘Sports Tops and Tails’ No.290 manufactured by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1950s. • Mar 26, 2015

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Uback

Uback horse racing game patent specification, Chad Valley Co Ltd, 1922. • Apr 20, 2017