Introducing children to card games can take many forms. Usually, children start by playing simple games like Snap. The French Jeu de Tarot is far from simple, involving, as it does, 78 cards. Reducing the number of cards to 55, reducing the size of the cards, simplifying the rules and employing Disney characters (as here) were all part of a short-lived attempt to get children to play Tarot. The court cards depict Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Donald Duck. Cards Ace to 4 have been axed, while the number of trump cards has been reduced from 22 to 15. There is repetition amongst the images on the trump cards – surely Disney could have supplied 30 different ones?! For Disney collectors this may be a pack that they have overlooked – it is not so easy to find 40 years on. See the box►
The Court Cards
The Trump Cards
I happen to have a few spare sets if anyone is interested.
Member since May 31, 2022
Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
French-suited Æsop’s fables tarot produced by Leipzig Industrie Comptoir, c.1800-1825.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
“Les métiers et leurs protecteurs” playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, c. 1995.
Famous people associated with Nicolas Fouquet’s splendid château of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Recoloured version of the Rider/Waite/Smith tarot produced by Frankie Albano, 1968.
French navigators and explorers on a promotional pack for the C.M.C.R shipping company.
Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Based on the knowledge, wisdom and interpretation of Paul Foster Case and Arthur Edward Waite.
Joan of Arc and her contemporaries in a colourful pack designed by Patrice Louis.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
“The New Palladini Tarot” by David Palladini published by U.S. Games Inc., in 1996.
Typical costumes and views of Alsace together with lists of the principal sights.
The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini, published by Morgan Press, Inc., 1970.
The Linweave Tarot is actually an elaborate set of paper samples from the Pulp, Paper and Board Divi...
Egg-shaped cards created by Rodolfo Krasno employing photographic images by Michel Leclerc.
Giuliano Costa's Jack-O’-Lantern tarot blends Rider-Waite symbolism with the rich and atmospheric th...
French Cartomancy cards published by J. Gaudais; printed by Mansion, Paris, c.1830.
“De Tarot in de herstelde orde” (The Tarot in the restored order) a re-ordered Rider-Waite tarot dec...
Costumes from four operas premiered at the Paris Opera between 1830 and 1840.
Honouring the bicentenary of the Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon flights in 1783.
Two very remarkable tarots by the award winning Dutch cartoonist Marcel Ruijters.
Characters and scenes from the Disney film of the same name, on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
A colourful pack aimed at children, with illustrations by Muriel Kerba.
Featuring Disney Princesses and Enchanting Tales in two sizes of pack made for Eastern Europe.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney characters on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Publicity pack for Gibert Jeune, the famous Parisian bookshop, with designs by James Hodges.
A set of Tarot trumps on the subject of the cinema, with designs by Sergio Sarri.
Sergio Ruffolo’s “Tarocco Indovino” is an expanded version of his “Lo Zodiaco” cartomancy deck.
The Disney Villains tarot deck by Insight Editions emphasises iconic villains, merging traditional t...
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
“Le Nouvel Etteilla” cartomancy deck published in Paris by La Veuve Gueffier, 1806.