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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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Biography Channel

The ‘Biography Channel Card Game’, 2002 • Jun 02, 2016

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Breaking Bad

“Breaking Bad” fan deck designed by Albino Dragon and manufactured by the USPCC in 2014. • Feb 21, 2016

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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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Flintstones Happy Families

Flintstones Happy Families by J. W. Spear and Sons, c.1960. • Jul 06, 2019

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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. • Jan 09, 2016

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Hopalong Snap

‘Hopalong Cassidy Snap’ published by Chad Valley, 1950s. • May 20, 2015

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Inspector Gadget

The Adventures of Inspector Gadget quartet game published by Fournier in 1983. • Jan 15, 2021

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Jungle Thrills & Safari

Jungle Thrills illustrated by Racey Helps and published by Pepys Games, 1955. • Sep 30, 2013

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Käpt’n Blaubär

Käpt’n Blaubär quartett for Deutsche Postbank AG, 2010. • Apr 19, 2011

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Little Britain

“Little Britain” fan deck published by the BBC in 2005. • Dec 12, 2014

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Monty Python

Monty Python playing cards marketed by ‘re:creation’ and made in China. • Jun 26, 2015

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Muffin

Muffin card game based on children’s TV series, c.1950. • Sep 15, 2006

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Paddington

Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman. • Sep 22, 2020

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Piñón Fijo

“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television. • Jun 24, 2016

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Robin Hood

Robin Hood card game published by Pepys, 1956. • Sep 29, 2016

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The Muppet Show

“The Muppet Show” playing cards made by ASS Altenburger in 1978 • Mar 29, 2015

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Topo Gigio

Topo Gigio card game by Joker S.A., Argentina, c.1985. • Apr 13, 2015

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Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker card game by Pepys, 1975. • Oct 07, 2013