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Published November 15, 2023 Updated November 22, 2023

Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale

Some interesting playing cards for sale.

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The following are card boxes with no cards:

B1 Lacquer box with five internal compartments, c.1870-80, small chips to surface and discolouration to the lid, £45

B2 Nain-Jaune box with separable trays and coloured counters, dated in hand-writing as a birthday gift 7th August 1909, good condition, £65

B3 Unusual polished box with coromandel veneer, brass straps and agate inserts, brass key and lock, counters, markers and draughts (no board) inside and very unusual, removable oval gilded brass scoreboards for bézique and cribbage, by Betjeman of London, c.1870, excellent condition. Offers around £700.


1 Waddington for Wiggins Teape, the same figure for each suit (KD/QS/JH) in different colours, slogans on each ace, no box, c.1965, mint £18

2 De La Rue patience, c.1900, good £3 [SOLD]

4 USPCC De Luxe, bridge width, (a) 1963; (b) different joker, 1966, excellent £3 each

5 Goodall G6 courts, decorative back, no box, no joker, c.1905 Good £6

6 Arrco canasta, four-colour courts, one pack in double box, c.1950, excellent £6

7 China for UK TV show 'Play your card right', Arrco courts, Bruce Forsyth on the backs, no box, no jokers, c.1995, VG £2

8 Gibson & Gisborne 32-card piquet pack, AS is A5a, die number 10, c.1790, excellent, little used £1,000

9 Grimaud poker, copy of USPCC courts, no box, Cowboy backs, c.1980, mint £3

10 China for Giffgaff phones, all courts are spade figures, different indices from the one I sold a while ago, box, excellent, c.2020 £5

11 Hasbro for MB Games, Jenga Jacks, Waddington/Goodall courts, slightly reduced in size, box, c.2000, excellent £5

12 Alf Cooke for ICI deluxe paint, double box with lifting mechanism, no jokers, c.1958, used £5

13 China bridge courts on wide cards, unusual indices, plain AS, box, 2010, mint £3

15 China for Terry O'Neill, USPCC heart courts used for all suits, plain AS, photos on back and box, 2011, mint £4

16 Waddington Laughing Cavalier from the Old Master series, design number 671, in unusually shaped side slide-in box, 1932-34, unused £12

17 Artex, Budapest, almost exact copy of Waddington's No.1 cards, including the jokers, no box, c.1955, coarse surface to the cards, but little used £5

18 Taiwan for Lagoon Games Casino Night, odd copy of USPCC poker courts in bridge size, upside down hearts in indices of KH & QH, box, c.2005, unused £3

19 Macau for Madeira, copy of USPCC courts, copy of Arrco jokers, view of the island on the backs, box, 1995, mint £2

20 Stralsunder Saxon pattern, tax stamp on Daus of hearts, 9s and 10s have their numerals at the bottom the wrong way round (!), well used, one card stained £48

21 China for Robert Frederick, double box with games booklet, back designs from William Morris, 2007, mint £4

22 Carta Mundi or China for Guinness, oversize cards (9.7 x 6.7 cm) with standard wide courts. The AS and joker are designs used in China, but 'Carta Mundi' is printed in the foliage under the banderole, so it's difficult to be certain where they were made. Box, c.2015, mint £4

24 Offason Anglo Giant (90 x 127 mm), non-standard designs by Åke Arenhill pretending to be standard English, box, c.1990, mint £8

25 Piatnik Rococo double-box, eighteenth century figures as courts, box, c.1960, VG £3

27 Astra (McCorquodale), copy of Fournier courts, advertising British Telecom phone cards, no box, c.1985, mint £3

28 Macau, Vermelho 'A', copy of USPCC courts, wide, Arrco joker head (x2), box, c.1985, unused £3

29 China for Ireland, unusual copy of US4 courts by USPCC with faces drawn in the style of modern US poker cards, c.1990, box, excellent £2

30 Russell, US, small celluloid pack for Charles Kirkby & Sons of Sheffield, box, c.1925, excellent, but slightly curled £8

31 24 English or Continental Lottery cards, well-dressed figure on each card, c.1800 or later, FG, three damaged corners £25

32 English (?) Crimean War card game, probably incomplete. The 'families' are the participants: England, France, Sardinia & Turkey, plus five battle cards and one bee card, 19 cards in all. c.1860, good £15

33 China SP The Lord of the Cards, all gold, metal finish, I Love Greece, bought in Crete, metallic box, 2019, mint £5

34 Goodall/De La Rue Boudoir, named back "Good Night", c.1938, box, excellent £18

35 TDC Inc Bridge Challenger, bar codes on each card for bridge games, c.1975, plastic box, mint £10

36 Stancraft for Florida, Kent brand, c.1980, no box, unused £2

37 China pack shaped like a pair of ballet shoes, box with magnetic flap, 2010, mint £3

38 Probably China, good quality all-plastic poker pack with unusual AS design, plastic box, 2010, mint £5

39 Waddington for Shaw Savill Line, litho courts, box, c.1968, little used £5

40 Waddington for Shaw Savill Line, litho courts, box, c.1968, little used £5

41 De La Rue for Union Castle Line, extra card with picture of liner, gold edges, c.1938, no box, mint £7

42 Waddington for the Wills scheme, Goosegirl back (design number 1015B), telescope box, red and gold edges (slightly worn), c.1932, excellent £5

43 Bazaar-style Indian cards with French suit-signs, 12 cards only, courts minus QD + joker, unknown date, VG £20

44 Unknown English Ship game, consisting of 4 x 12 thick cards to make a picture of a naval vessel: Yacht; Frigate; Brig; War Steamer. Incomplete sets from two editions, variable condition, well used, two torn cards, one mended: 34 + 10 + 15. c.1860 £20

45 Goodall for the Isle of Man, bottom of the box only (damaged), c.1910, fairly thick card, VG+ £56

46 Goodall 12 courts and aces only (no diamonds) from the Turn of the Century pack of 1900, VG £15

54 Kem Pinochle, all-plastic cards, 2 x 24 cards, box, c.1980, mint £4

57 Probably Chinese Belgian pattern with English indices, tourist back, no box, c.1990, mint £2

93 Goodall for Jarrold & Sons (a Norwich firm) for F.L. Ames, Cabinet playing cards, each court has a drawing of a member of Balfour's cabinet of 1903-05 superimposed onto a standard Goodall G6 court, aces have heads of major figures, standard pips and joker, slide-in box without bottom end, near mint £350

98 Reynolds Card Dominoes, a 32-card pack of their miniature cards pasted onto wooden blocks, in wooden box with slide-on lid on which are pasted the rules, dated 1862, good, some wear on fronts £32

100 Pack of Royals with cartoons on courts and aces by Willy Rushton, double box, 1995, excellent, slight discolouration round the edges £10

113 Goodall Scientific Whist, whist leads on every card, no box, c.1895, some cards are slightly discoloured, so they may have been used for piquet or bézique, £30

116 The Beggars' Opera facsimile, box with explanatory leaflet, published by Margary, mint, 1978 £5

123 Astra Games for the National Trust, box, c.1985, unused £2

125 De La Rue Noah's Ark, collecting game, 3 x 17 animal families + Noah card, photocopied rules, bottom half of box, c.1900, very good £8

The following are all single that can be bought singly or as a complete lot.

S1: 46 back designs by Barribal for Waddington, most from 1925-35, but a few from the re-issues of the 1950s. More detailed information available, if needed. Excellent £2 each or £70 for the lot.

S2: Worshipful Company singles for the following years: 1893, 1899-1922, 1924-1939, 1941-2006, a selection illustrated. Mostly excellent. 1893-1922: £5 each; 1924-1941: £3 each; 1942-1969: £2 each; 1970-2006: £1 each. I will consider selling the lot at one go.

S3 Worshipful Company Aces for the following years: 1903 (used), 1917 (damaged back), 1921 (worn), 1924, 1925, 1928, 1935, 1938, 1941, excellent, except as shown, £6 (£3 for others).

Plus the following: 1943 (damaged back),1944,1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954 (plus test print with no back), 1956, 1957 (plus square-cornered test print with plain back), 1958. 1959, 1960 (plus test print without back), 1961 (plus test print), 1962 (plus test print), 1963-1989, test print with no back for 1990 (John Thorpe), 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, all excellent £3. I will consider selling the lot all together.

S4 De La Rue singles, most courts + 10S. This design dates from c.1875 and is not by Owen Jones. VG £5 each

S5 Reynolds singles, most courts available. Cornucopia, a very unusual, colourful design by this firm from the late 1860s/1870s. Excellent £6 each

S6 Woolley singles, most courts available. Design from the 1870s. VG £5 each

S7 Van Genechten of Turnhout singles, c.1880. VG, one corner missing, £2 each

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​I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. About Ken Lodge →

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