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Carta Mundi was founded in Turnhout on 27 June 1970 by pooling the production and sales facilities of the three surviving companies: Brepols, Van Genechten and Leonard Biermans.

Carta Mundi

Carta Mundi was founded in Turnhout on 27 June 1970 by pooling the production and sales facilities of the three surviving companies: Brepols, Van Genechten and Leonard Biermans.

Carta Mundi

Nederlands Stedenkwartet

Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.

Nederlands Stedenkwartet

Polska

Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.

Polska

My Goodness my Guinness

Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.

My Goodness my Guinness

Gilbert and Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan deck created by Don Jack using artwork from Players cigarette cards.

Gilbert and Sullivan

Benedicte Morand-Bail

Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts

Benedicte Morand-Bail

Stationskwartetspel

Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.

Stationskwartetspel

Year of the Child

Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.

Year of the Child

Nationale-Nederlanden

Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.

Nationale-Nederlanden

French Revolution

Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.

French Revolution

Qantas

Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.

Qantas

National Geographic Nature

National Geographic Nature playing cards, 2006.

National Geographic Nature

The Deck of Cards

The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979.

The Deck of Cards

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! promotional playing cards, 1997.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

Guinness Posters

Classic Guinness Posters, 1999.

Guinness Posters

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy published by Gibsons Games, c.1985.

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy

007 Die Another Day

“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002.

007 Die Another Day

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Calavera Playing Cards

Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015

Calavera Playing Cards

Desperanto

Desperanto language game by Qui Vive Ltd, c.1990.

Desperanto

Lovely Day for a Guinness

Lovely Day for a Guinness deck published by Shamrock Gift Co Dublin, c.1980.

Lovely Day for a Guinness

Lakeland

Lakeland playing cards by Stuart Lawrence depicting famous characters & views of England’s Lake District, c.1988.

Lakeland

Rat-a-Tat Cat

Rat-a-Tat Cat illustrated by Roni Shepherd, published by Gamewright Inc, Boston, 1997.

Rat-a-Tat Cat

Story Magazine

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

Story Magazine

African Art

“African Art” Playing cards by John J. Beckvermit III, 1994

African Art

Royal Pavilion at Brighton

The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales.

Royal Pavilion at Brighton

Butagaz

“Butagaz” playing cards for the French gas company, c.1976

Butagaz

Mickey Kids

Mickey Kids playing cards from Disney.

Mickey Kids

Velux

Velux - la fenêtre de toit de qualité, c.1990.

Velux

Fair Play cross cultural playing cards

“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes.

Fair Play cross cultural playing cards

Donald Duck Groente & Fruit Pretkwartet

Donald Duck Vegetables & Fruit Quartet exclusive from Jumbo supermarkets, © Disney 2016.

Donald Duck Groente & Fruit Pretkwartet

Playing Politics

“Playing Politics” or “Cabinet Shuffle” specially commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983

Playing Politics

British Airways Concorde

British Airways Concorde playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi, before 2003.

British Airways Concorde

Cartes de Luxe (1877) facsimile

‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980.

Cartes de Luxe (1877) facsimile

BG Bouw Building Company

BG Bouw Dutch Building Company publicity deck manufactured by Carta Mundi, c.1980.

BG Bouw Building Company

Max Velthuijs for KLM

Playing cards designed by Max Velthuijs for KLM airlines first published c.1964

Max Velthuijs for KLM

Millennium

‘Millennium’ limited edition playing cards by Carta Mundi, 1999

Millennium

Caledonian Airways “European Phrases”

“European Phrase” playing cards produced for Caledonian Airways, 1994.

Caledonian Airways “European Phrases”

Food Exchange

“Food Exchange“ playing cards designed by Ralph Dobson for the British Diabetic Association, 1973.

Food Exchange

Teddy Bear Pack

The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994

Teddy Bear Pack

Strongbow ‘House of Horror’

‘House of Horror’ Halloween deck published by Strongbow cider, 2015.

Strongbow ‘House of Horror’

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards

Deck featuring “18 Rock ‘n’ Pop” Superstars portrayed on the court cards and jokers by eight of Britain’s leading illustrators.

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards

Dutch Pattern for Van Perlstein

Brepols Dutch Pattern for Van Perlstein distillery, c.1960.

Dutch Pattern for Van Perlstein

Wild Flowers of America

"Discover Wildflowers of America Playing Cards" manufactured by Carta Mundi (US), and created by Mark Hamilton and Sea to Sky Photography.

Wild Flowers of America

Carta Mundi

Carta Mundi was founded in Turnhout on 27 June 1970 by pooling the production and sales facilities of the three surviving companies: Brepols, Van Genechten and Leonard Biermans.

Carta Mundi

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear playing cards designed by Peter Wood for Lyons Quickbrew Tea.

Teddy Bear

Space Exploration

History of Transport ‘Space Exploration’ playing cards published by Heritage Playing Card Co., 2013.

Space Exploration

Dr Who

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

Dr Who

007 Guns & Gadgets

“007 Guns & Gadgets” themed playing cards printed by Carta Mundi, 2005.

007 Guns & Gadgets

Superman

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

Superman

Little Britain

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

Little Britain