"TOYO Playing Card No.88" manufactured in China for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú, 1950s. The legend “Estanco de Naipes del Perú” is printed on the box, the ace of spades and reverse. The extra card gives a brief historical outline of the Estanco de Naipes del Perú, which was established in 1924.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.
8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.
Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.
Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895.
“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.
Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.
Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克.
Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.
Tô Tôm is played with a 120-card Chinese-style deck.
The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998.
Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai.
A third and final look at some Chinese cards.
“Double Happiness” brand Hakka [客家] playing cards used by Hakka ethnic communities who have a separate identity from Cantonese,
Some further American designs used in China.
Tam Cúc playing cards from Vietnam, based on Chinese chess, 2016
Although many people would not consider Chinese cards worth collecting, the huge variety of court designs used by the companies based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan over the years should be of interest to those who like to enjoy variation in court cards, jokers and aces of spades.
Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910
“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationships c.1975.
Deck made in China in c.2010 advertising the Chinese brew “Lucky Beer, the enlightened beer”
Each card has a different photo of elements of the terracotta army whose purpose was to protect the emperor Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife.
“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...
“Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin” collectible playing cards, made in China, c.2010.
“Amos del Universo” card game published by Litografía Goicochea Hnos, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1980.
A very impressive deck of cards featuring 54 different images from “Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera” published by HCG Poker Productions, 2005
Four Colour Cards made in Belgium for Far Eastern markets
Deck featuring 54 different images of Chinese Dragon Robes that emperors, empresses and royal family members wear on important occasions.
Chinese “Chi Chi Pai” Playing Cards by Mesmaekers Frères for Far East market, c.1890.
Playing cards celebrating the story of the Chinese leader and statesman Chairman Mao / Mao Zedong & International Friends.
Mr. Men™ & Little Miss™ playing cards by Roger Hargreaves
Each card in this novelty deck, subtitled “Funny Card”, carries information about a prestigious or popular brand.
Mad Jack Miracle Pack by Chu’s Magic (Tobar) 1999.
“Líneas de Nazca” souvenir playing cards, Peru, c.2008.
Li River Souvenir Playing Cards from China.
The characters on the cards are written one way for red and yellow, and another for green and white. They are: 將 士 象 車 馬 包 兵 for white and green; 帥 仕 相 俥 傌 炮 卒 for red and yellow.
Leopardo 777 playing cards manufactured in Japan for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1960s.
‘Bosco’ Playing Cards manufactured by A.S.S. for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1930s.
The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution.
A continuation of the survey of designs used in Central and South America.
I expect most collectors ignore cards made in China for export. It's true that many of them are close copies of American models, but there are also some interesting, even peculiar, redrawings of the standard English pattern.