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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

One Piece Hana Fuda

One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010

One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010. ‘One Piece’ is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The cards are a blend of One Piece graphics with traditional Japanese Hana Fuda cards. The cards have no text or indices but are organised into 12 sets of four cards, as shown in the accompanying leaflet printed in Japanese. Besides traditional Hana Fuda, the set can be used to play some new games with interesting special rules.

One Piece Hanafuda King published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010 One Piece Hanafuda King published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010 One Piece Hanafuda King published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010

Above: One Piece Hanafuda King published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010. 48 cards in box + leaflet. Reverse plain black.

One Piece Hanafuda King published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010
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