Eckhard Burgdorf’s family business in Stuttgart was concerned with steel hardening. Being a playing-card collector and fan of the work of Costante Costantini, Eckhard Burgdorf decided to commission the artist to create a pack on the subject of smithing. These woodcut-like designs therefore draw their inspiration from the tale of Wayland the Smith (Wieland der Schmied), a master blacksmith in Germanic mythology. The designs are bold and colourful, with the court cards named in German. Each Ace carries the name of a different quenching oil. The pip cards have Roman numerals, each one including a blacksmith’s tool at the foot. All the cards have a strong black border, one of Costantini’s trademarks. The logo of the business appears on the back, on the extra card and stamped on the lid of the box. This was a limited, numbered edition of 1,200 packs, of which 800 were given as Christmas presents to clients of the business and 400 released onto the playing-card market. See the box►
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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.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Published by Il Meneghello, this pack provides a visual history of Fascism in Italy between 1919 and...
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
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.
Giuliano Costa's Jack-O’-Lantern tarot blends Rider-Waite symbolism with the rich and atmospheric th...
On-line offsite data backup publicity playing cards produced by The Bunker, United Kingdom, c. 2004....
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.
Complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany.
Reproduction of a 40-card transformation pack with designs by “WS”, adapted for the game of Black Ca...
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Hot-air balloons and airships from the early days to 1988, with designs by S. Baraldi and F. Tacconi...
Traditional Italian card game with comic designs by Benito Jacovitti.
Costante Costantini's second Minchiate deck, “Le Nuove Minchiate di Firenze”, was published by Solle...
Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
Minchiate Fiorentine created by Costante Costantini, published by Edizioni del Solleone.
Publicity pack for Gibert Jeune, the famous Parisian bookshop, with designs by James Hodges.
A flicker pack with different backs, advertising the Saab 900 Convertible motor car.
A set of Tarot trumps on the subject of the cinema, with designs by Sergio Sarri.
Modern Italian fortune-telling pack from 1975, with designs by Sergio Ruffolo.
Sergio Ruffolo’s “Tarocco Indovino” is an expanded version of his “Lo Zodiaco” cartomancy deck.
Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue
Traditional Italian card game with bold designs by Costante Costantini.
Small, narrow cards designed by Osvaldo Menegazzi, bearing a strong resemblance to a Swedish pattern...
Long, narrow cards designed by Osvaldo Menegazzi, featuring Napoleon, Josephine and various soldiers...
Promotional pack for Chianti Classico wine, with designs by Costante Costantini.
Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.