Taro Okamoto Playing Cards, 1977
Japanese artist Taro Okamoto (1911-1996) was noted for his abstract and avant-garde paintings and sculpture. The combination of shapes and colours in these playing cards creates a vibrant and eye-catching surreal effect. One of Okamoto's famous works, Tower of the Sun, became the symbol of Expo '70 in Suita, Osaka, 1970. During the 1970s Okamoto was also working as a muralist and designer whilst continuing to create and exhibit new works. His mural "The Myth of Tomorrow" (2008) depicts a human figure being hit by an atomic bomb.
Tarot game pack with fantasy sci-fi artwork on the trumps published by Pocket SF, France.
Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.
The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005.
Ukiyo-E deck for Sanyo Enterprise Co.
National Gallery (Dutch School) published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1895.
The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979.
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970
One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010
DRRR!!, short for Durarara!!, is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel written by Ryohgo Narita.
Advertising deck for Mos Burger, one of the largest hamburger chains in Japan, 2015.
The Car Game with artwork by Barry Rowe, published by Pepys, c.1960.
‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005.
‘Dogs’ playing cards showcases 52 canine portraits in four suits as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by Chet Phillips, 2016
The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994
“Jeu de cartes comiques” transformation cards designed by Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) and published in 1817.
Delta playing cards are a modern art concept deck invented by Professor M. R. Ali, an artist operating under the company name of “Artology International”.
“Under the Sea” transformation playing cards, published in 2005 to raise money for the Marine Stewardship Council, an environmental charity which promotes sustainable fishing practices.
Prime Arts Playing Cards were published in 2004 featuring the work of contemporary artists, illustrators and photographers.
Hand-drawn transformation pack dated 1874 with the name Thomas Walters on the ace of spades.
Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
A terrific deck of cards made by Nintendo c.1979 with original designs on every card showing the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan.
“Olivia’s Lucky Ladies” glamour model playing cards produced by Ozone Productions Ltd, USA, 2004
Every card carries a different cartoon image in the Manga style, expressing moods and emotions.
Waddington’s “Hello Kitty” themed deck produced in 2009.
“Hello Kitty” playing cards published by Sanrio, manufactured in China, 2013
Transformation playing cards designed by Carl Johann Arnold (1829-1916), the court artist for King Friedrich Wilhem IV of Prussia
Pictorial playing cards published by C. Bartlett, New York, 1833.
Roaring Twenties playing cards by Angel Playing Cards Co Ltd, Japan. 1980.
“Shapely” non-standard adult playing cards manufactured by Angel Playing Cards Co., Japan, 1980
Whisky advertising playing cards manufactured by Nintendo Playing Cards Co Ltd for Dodwell & Co., 1960s.
Suntory Akadama Honey Wine playing cards manufactured by Nintendo, Japan, c.1970.
Utamaro Ukiyo-e playing cards showing woodblock prints of beautiful women.
“Hiroshige” playing cards drawn by Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858) at 53 stopoffs on the journey from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto.
Japanese Women playing cards in an idealised and erotic style by Keiichi Takasawa (1914-1984).
This set of cards published by DP Group Ltd (Japan) allows the performer to create different fans
The Krienser Fasnachts-Jass deck was designed and published by Léon Schnyder from Kriens for the 1988 Fasnacht Carnival
This “Jeu de Familles” from the 1960s designed by Jean Bachès promotes Chambord glassware.
In 1804, J.C. Cotta, a publisher and bookseller in Tübingen, Germany, produced the first set of transformation cards that was published as an actual deck of playing cards.
Special cartoon playing cards designed to accompany Nintendo's Mario series of computer games.