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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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Atlantic Playing Card Co., Inc. promoted Bridge Ensemble boxes and companion accessories.

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

The United States Playing Card Co. (USPCC) represents an amalgamation of all the major American card-makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

Curator

The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.

Curator

Timothy Curtis Art

Timothy Curtis Art custom Bicycle playing cards, 2018.

Timothy Curtis Art

Bicycle Steampunk

Bicycle Steampunk playing cards with Gothic artwork by Anne Stokes, 2015.

Bicycle Steampunk

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair No.41 Playing Cards by the United States Playing Card Co, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed.

Vanity Fair

Bicycle Knights

Bicycle Knights playing cards designed by Sam Hayles in 2018.

Bicycle Knights

Friendly Felines

‘Friendly Felines’ playing cards designed by Azured Ox, 2017.

Friendly Felines

Bicycle Cybertech

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

Bicycle Cybertech

Bicycle 808 Bourbon

Bicycle 808 Bourbon themed deck by US Playing Card Company 2017.

Bicycle 808 Bourbon

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018.

Alice in Wonderland

Fungi Mycological Playing Cards

Mystic Mushrooms Playing Cards, 2018.

Fungi Mycological Playing Cards

Bicycle Civil War Deck

The Civil War Deck designed by Jackson Robinson, 2017.

Bicycle Civil War Deck

Bicycle Emotions

Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013.

Bicycle Emotions

Age of Dragons

Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017.

Age of Dragons

Anne Stokes Collection

Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010.

Anne Stokes Collection

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards with two different coloured backs, 2019.

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards

Caesars Palace

‘Aristocrat’ Casino Cards with special courts for Caesars Palace by USPCC 2006.

Caesars Palace

Chicken Playing Cards

Chicken Playing Cards designed by Susan Krupp, 2017.

Chicken Playing Cards

Baggy Clown Joker

Evolution of American Bank Note Co's “Baggy Clown” Joker.

Baggy Clown Joker

Coricidin Demilets

Coricidin Demilets pharmaceutical playing cards, 1967.

Coricidin Demilets

Bicycle Heritage

Bicycle Heritage playing cards by the United States Playing Card Company, 2012

Bicycle Heritage

Strange People

“Strange People” card game produced by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1895.

Strange People

Nationalities

“Nationalities”, the people of many nations, published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, c.1897.

Nationalities

Four Point

“Four Point” playing cards, a labour of love designed and illustrated by Ben Vierck, 2014

Four Point

Breaking Bad

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

Breaking Bad

Hesslers Enhanced

Matt Hessler’s “Enhanced” four-colour playing cards, 2015.

Hesslers Enhanced

Atlantic Playing Card Co

Atlantic Playing Card Co., Inc. promoted Bridge Ensemble boxes and companion accessories.

Atlantic Playing Card Co

Panama Canal Souvenir

Souvenir of Panama playing cards by USPCC 6th Edition produced in 1923.

Panama Canal Souvenir

Dragons Playing Cards by Robert Burke

A gorgeous deck of cards featuring the dragon art of Kerem Beyit and printed by the United States Playing Card Company.

Dragons Playing Cards by Robert Burke

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

40 Years of Fear Jaws Playing Cards

This special pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of the film Jaws.

40 Years of Fear Jaws Playing Cards

Celtic Myth Playing Cards by Cultúrlán Enterprises

Celtic Myth playing cards are the third and final set of cards in a series based around the themes of Celtic mythology and society.

Celtic Myth Playing Cards by Cultúrlán Enterprises

Royal Pulp Playing Cards

Two beautifully crafted custom playing cards decks. Featuring brightly colored illustrations and gorgeous typography.

Royal Pulp Playing Cards

In Castle Land

The Game of ‘In Castle Land’ (No.1113) published by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1896.

In Castle Land

Bible Game

“Fireside Bible Game” (No.1124) published by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, USA, 1899.

Bible Game

Population

The game of Population was first published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, USA (a division of United States Playing Card Co), in c.1896

Population

Bicycle Butterfly

Bicycle Butterfly playing cards from RSVP Magic with artwork by ‘Lotrék’ and printed by USPCC, 2012.

Bicycle Butterfly

McDonald’s Playing Cards

McDonald’s playing cards by the United States Playing Card Co., Cincinnati, c.1997

McDonald’s Playing Cards

Lumberjacks 2nd Edition

A preview of Vadim Smolenskiy second edition Lumberjacks deck.

Lumberjacks 2nd Edition

Glitch Playing Cards by Soleil Zumbrunn

Glitch art is the aesthetic of digital or analog errors.

Glitch Playing Cards by Soleil Zumbrunn

Spirit Playing Cards

Standard court cards show the king, queen and jack looking sideways and diagonal; these elegant Spirit playing cards show the court characters front-facing.

Spirit Playing Cards

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley playing cards published by The United States Playing Card Company, c.2002

Elvis Presley

Star Wars Episode 1

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

Star Wars Episode 1

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

The United States Playing Card Co. (USPCC) represents an amalgamation of all the major American card-makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

Creature Comfort

Creature Comfort playing cards designed by Don Moyer, 2017.

Creature Comfort

Cultúrlán

Celtic myth playing cards inspired by the rich Celtic pantheon of mythological Gods, Goddesses, and heroes

Cultúrlán

Kingdoms of a New World

“Kingdoms of a New World” playing cards designed by Nathanael Mortensen, 2014.

Kingdoms of a New World

Different Playing Cards by Teach By Magic

Instead of the usual ace of spades, or a seven of diamonds, this pack has a "spade of aces" and a "diamond of sevens"; meaning that the spade is made up of aces using a typographic and illustrative style.

Different Playing Cards by Teach By Magic

Requiem Playing Cards

This pack has been inspired by the Requiem Mass, a Mass celebrated for the souls of one or more deceased persons. The dark style of illustrations features occult symbols and imagery such as horns, hearts, thorns and skulls and the typography reflects ancient latin scripts.

Requiem Playing Cards

Oracle - Mystifying Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko

A pack inspired by subjects such as spirituality, the occult, ouija boards, spirit photography and generally all things spooky.

Oracle - Mystifying Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko

Surena: The Persian Playing Cards by Diba Salimi

Diba Salimi has created a hand illustrated pack inspired by Persian ancient history, art and Persian rugs.

Surena: The Persian Playing Cards by Diba Salimi