Paul SymonsMember since February 01, 2016
I'm British but I have now lived in the Netherlands for more than 50 years and am still enjoying every minute of it. I started collecting playing cards in the early 1980’s after speaking with my neighbour who was at that time a croupier in a casino. I started with just collecting jokers, but that soon led me to complete packs of cards and eventually to specialising in old and antique playing cards, particularly those of C.L. Wüst of Frankfurt, Germany. I am presently the Dutch representative of the I.P.C.S. and the auctioneer at the IPCS conventions.
Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue
A beautiful early pack from The Dutch Playing Card factory.
The factory probably only produced playing cards for a few years in the 1920's
Two souvenir packs with different court cards made by Glénisson for the Isle of Man, c.1880.
Two different versions of Isle of Man playing cards from 1870 and 1914.
Two antique packs with scenic aces illustrating places on the Isle of Man.
A remodelled version of the first Wüst house pattern.
Goodall’s Wüst house pattern playing cards with scenic aces of Brazil.
Playing cards for gender equality, created on the 500th anniversary of classic French cards
A review of the Ace of spades, court card, backs and joker of English pattern playing cards by Wüst from my collection.