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Published February 09, 2023 Updated February 09, 2023

Papst Quartett

A quartet game featuring a selection of popes up to Benedict XVI.

2006 Germany Kultquartett GmbH & Co Religion Card Games Quartet Add to Collection
Papst Quartett published and distributed by Kultquartett GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany, 2006

One can only speculate about the reaction of the Catholic Church in relation to a card game featuring a selection of popes! As this pack was issued in Germany just one year after Benedict XVI took office, it was presumably intended to be a celebration of the fact that a German-speaking pope had been elected. A scattering of popes are featured from before 1846; thereafter, they run in order up to Benedict XVI. The images comprise photographs, paintings, sculptures, etc. All the text is in German. Traditional quartet game rules apply. The set was issued in a blister pack complete with four small candles! See the box

Above: Papst Quartett published and distributed by Kultquartett GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany, 2006. Maker unknown. 32 cards + 1 title/rule card in German in a clear plastic box, in an outer pack with 4 candles. Size: 59 x 91 mm.

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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.


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