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Published November 08, 2022 Updated November 08, 2022

Le Golf de Mose

Humorous cartoons of golfers in action on playing cards by the artist Mose.

1991 Japan Angel Moïse Depond Cartoon Humour Sports Add to Collection

Above: self-portait of the artist Moïse Depond.

Mose was the nom de plume of the French cartoonist and illustrator Moïse Depond (1917-2003). He was a prolific artist and is known to have created at least 5,000 drawings. His work was appreciated in Japan (where this pack was produced) and from 1992 he taught at the University of Kyoto. This fully illustrated pack is about the game of golf – in all its forms and making fun of many of its peculiarities. There is even a nod to Scotland being the home of golf (on the Ace of Spades). Mose himself appears in caricature on two of the Jokers. The back design shows the difficulty of a shot to the green when there are two enormous trees in the way. The cards are both all plastic and gilt-edged. See the outer sleeve

“Le Golf de Mose” playing cards illustrated by Moïse Depond, c.1991 “Le Golf de Mose” playing cards illustrated by Moïse Depond, c.1991

Above: “Le Golf de Mose” playing cards illustrated by Moïse Depond (aka Mose) and printed by Angel Playing Cards Co., Ltd, Osaka, Japan, c1991. 52 cards + 4 Jokers (one also being a bridge score card) + a small leaflet in Japanese, in a plastic box within a fancy green box within an outer, illustrated sleeve. Size: 58 x 89 mm.

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By Roddy Somerville

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.


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