Matt ProbertMember since March 02, 2012
I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
Crocheter’s playing cards sent to subscribers of the Crochet Society box, 2021.
Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins.
My Word “The last word in card games” designed by Michael Kindred and Malcolm Smith, published in 1980 by Waddingtons.
Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.
Case Study: using detective work to identify and date a pack discovered in charity shop.
In 1932, a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards.
World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019.
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies
Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013.
Les Géants d'un Mythe created by François Poulain and manufactured by Grimaud, 1983.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.
Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905.
Pooltella cards by John Waddington Ltd, the cards that simplify football pool forecasts, 1930s.