Comtesse double patience set with artwork by Heinz Villiger printed by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1960s, with the beautifully designed court cards expressing different personalities. The four aces are decorated. The deck was republished several times over the years, sometimes as a full-sized skat deck or in a plastic box; in this edition, with German indices, the black kings have no crowns.
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A pack of cards depicting characters from the famous play "The Wedding of Krechinsky" by Sukhovo-Kob...
Masonic playing cards created by Ivan Wojnikow, 2004.
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Modern designs by Italian artist Marcello Morandini using the simplest of forms and colours.
Stylish ‘Tuxedo’ playing cards with animal faces created by Natalia Silva, USA, 2016.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
A celebration of different postal systems in Germany from 1630 to 1850, with designs by Volker Hartm...
Historical playing cards by C. L. Wüst depicting monarchs of Brazil and Portugal.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, Bavaria, early 19th century.
German-suited Cartomancy deck published by Johann Ernst Backofen, Nürnberg.
French-suited Natural History Tarot deck by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
German-suited ‘Heathen War’ playing cards published by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Mythological and Allegorical tarot produced by Peter Paul Fetscher junior, Munich.
Fantasy French-suited pack produced by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1825.
Uncut sheet of miniature Bavarian playing cards by Joseph Fetscher.
Classic German-suited Bavarian pattern by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, early 19th century.
French-suited Animal Tarot deck produced by Andreas Benedict Göbl, Munich.
French-suited Bavarian deck by Andreas Benedict Göbl, late 18th c.
Historical playing cards by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Bavarian piquet cards with oriental illustrations produced by Andreas Benedict Göbl, Munich, late 18...
‘National Costumes of Turkey’ tarot by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1800-1825.
French-suited Æsop’s fables tarot produced by Leipzig Industrie Comptoir, c.1800-1825.
Typical costumes and views of Alsace together with lists of the principal sights.
Pack conceived by Berthold Conradi, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the granting of town righ...
Dondorf Jägerkarte Nr. 465 playing cards dedicated to the theme of hunting, c.1930.
A Pomeranian Tarot deck with etchings by Georg Pommer published by Conrad Jegel, 1852.
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.