It must be difficult for any new manufacturer of playing cards to create their own version of a standard pattern which is acceptable to serious card players and which does not copy too closely the designs by established manufacturers such as Piatnik or OTK. The Czech company Bonaparte (established 1993) has achieved this with some minor changes to the traditional designs, e.g., the prancing horse on the 9 of Bells is now at a standstill, the elephant’s trunk on the 8 of Leaves has been shortened and lowered, Cupid’s arrow strikes a heart affixed to an arch and not to a pole on the 10 of Hearts, etc. The manufacturer’s logo (a half-length drawing of Napoleon Bonaparte) appears on the box, the 8 of Bells (together with a barcode) and also in the centre of the back design. See the box►
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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.
Characters and scenes from the Disney film of the same name, on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Featuring Disney Princesses and Enchanting Tales in two sizes of pack made for Eastern Europe.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney characters on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, Czech Republic,
20th century version of a single-ended Swiss-German pattern pack for the game of Jass.
Mucha Playing Cards, a deck of playing cards that pays tribute to the artwork of Alphonse Mucha.
15 Trappola playing cards possibly made by Johann Ziser of Prague, c1760.
Standard designs by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, Bielefeld, Germany, c1966.
Czech trains and railwayana from 1839 to 1989, made by Obchodní Tiskárny, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Standard Bohemian pattern designs by Bonaparte, Plzeň, Czech Republic, c.2000.
Colourful international designs produced by Bonaparte, Plzeň, Czech Republic, c.2000.
Non-standard Bohemian cards featuring The Simpsons made for EFKO, Czech Republic, 2014.
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.
Epokha vozrozhdeniya (Age of Enlightenment): this pack has effectively become the Russian standard. ...
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
Woolley & Co produced a range of different quality playing cards, and these “Second Harrys” are towa...
Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with...
Woolley & Co: “Eureka” playing cards with rounded corners, small index pips and decorative back desi...
Bavarian single-ended pattern by Vereinigte Altenburg-Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A-G., c.1937
The Bohemian Pattern, sometimes called the Prager Pattern, has roots in the 16th century.
Incredible men and their amazing stories playing cards made by Tomski&Polanski
28: How to Analyze and Differentiate Playing Card Plates (De La Rue, Waddington and the Berlin pattern [französisches Bild])
My interest in postage stamp variants led me to apply the same principles to playing cards.
There is a very interesting collection of playing cards held at the Strangers' Hall Museum in Norwic...