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.
The latest articles from Matt Probert
Crocheter’s playing cards sent to subscribers of the Crochet Society box, 2021. • Jan 31, 2021
Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins. • Jun 10, 2020
My Word “The last word in card games” designed by Michael Kindred and Malcolm Smith, published in 1980 by Waddingtons. • Jun 09, 2020
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. • Jun 08, 2020
Case Study: using detective work to identify and date a pack discovered in charity shop. • Jun 07, 2020
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. • Jun 06, 2020
Bicycle Steampunk playing cards with Gothic artwork by Anne Stokes, 2015. • Feb 11, 2020
World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019. • Jan 18, 2020
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies • Dec 12, 2019
National Trust Period Pieces Antiques Game produced in 1976 by Dinosaur Publications. • Nov 12, 2019
Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013. • Jul 07, 2019
Alphabetti Spaghetti Happy Families game for Crosse & Blackwell c.1978. • Jul 03, 2019
Les Géants d'un Mythe created by François Poulain and manufactured by Grimaud, 1983. • May 11, 2019
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! promotional playing cards, 1997. • May 10, 2019
‘Aristocrat’ Casino Cards with special courts for Caesars Palace by USPCC 2006. • Apr 24, 2019
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992. • Mar 25, 2019
Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world. • Mar 03, 2019
Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905. • Dec 10, 2018
Pooltella cards by John Waddington Ltd, the cards that simplify football pool forecasts, 1930s. • Dec 07, 2018
Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克. • Nov 28, 2018
Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne • Nov 26, 2018
Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011. • Oct 15, 2018
National Geographic: “Weird But True” kids fun fact playing cards, 2014. • Oct 14, 2018
Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005. • Sep 19, 2018