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Ariel Productions Ltd

The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.

Ariel Productions Ltd

Inspector Gadget

The Adventures of Inspector Gadget quartet game published by Fournier in 1983.

Inspector Gadget

Paddington

Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman.

Paddington

Flintstones Happy Families

Flintstones Happy Families by J. W. Spear and Sons, c.1960.

Flintstones Happy Families

Four Feather Falls

Tower Press “Four Feather Falls Snap” No 6587, based on successful TV series, c1960.

Four Feather Falls

Robin Hood

Robin Hood card game published by Pepys, 1956.

Robin Hood

Sony IBC’86

Sony IBC’86 complimentary pack showcasing latest electronic and digital equipment as it stood in 1986.

Sony IBC’86

Piñón Fijo

“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television.

Piñón Fijo

Biography Channel

The ‘Biography Channel Card Game’, 2002

Biography Channel

Breaking Bad

“Breaking Bad” fan deck designed by Albino Dragon and manufactured by the USPCC in 2014.

Breaking Bad

Game of Thrones

“Game of Thrones” playing cards are an official fan deck associated with the HBO adaptation of the books by George R.R. Martin.

Game of Thrones

Firefly Playing Cards

The first-ever officially licensed Firefly Playing Cards. A tribute to the Firefly TV series, featuring iconic symbols and images from the Firefly universe.

Firefly Playing Cards

Monty Python

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

Monty Python

Hopalong Snap

‘Hopalong Cassidy Snap’ published by Chad Valley, 1950s.

Hopalong Snap

Dr Who

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

Dr Who

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

Dr Who Adventures

Doctor Who

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

Doctor Who

Topo Gigio

Topo Gigio card game by Joker S.A., Argentina, c.1985.

Topo Gigio

Adventure Time

‘Adventure Time’ cult sci-fi playing cards published by Forbidden Planet.

Adventure Time

The Muppet Show

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

The Muppet Show

Little Britain

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

Little Britain

Channel X

Channel X published by Pepys Games based around TV advertising, c.1966.

Channel X

Mr Turnip’s TV Audition

Mr Turnip was a puppet character that was very bossy. He was invented by Joy Laurey.

Mr Turnip’s TV Audition

Parks and Recreation Playing Cards

Custom playing cards based on the TV series Parks and Recreation.

Parks and Recreation Playing Cards

Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker card game by Pepys, 1975.

Woody Woodpecker

Jungle Thrills & Safari

Jungle Thrills illustrated by Racey Helps and published by Pepys Games, 1955.

Jungle Thrills & Safari

Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol Jumbo Playing Cards by Cardinal 2016.

Paw Patrol

Käpt’n Blaubär

Käpt’n Blaubär quartett for Deutsche Postbank AG, 2010.

Käpt’n Blaubär

Family Guy

Family Guy merchandise deck licensed and copyright by Fox 2010.

Family Guy

Muffin

Muffin card game based on children’s TV series, c.1950.

Muffin

Dviracio Kortos, 2001

Dviracio Kortos playing cards, based on 'Dviracio Zynios' ('The Bicycle's News'), a popular Lithuanian TV comedy show, in which actors satirize the vices and follies of modern society.

Dviracio Kortos, 2001