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Published March 27, 2004 Updated December 06, 2022

Miniature Playing Cards

Miniature Playing Cards from around the world.

Clifford Heraclio Fournier Hudson Modiano Miniature Toy Cards Patience Add to Collection

Miniature playing cards come in all shapes and sizes from all around the world. Most major manufacturers produce several miniature or patience-sized packs as there is always a demand for these from travellers or patience players. In addition, many minor manufacturers produce one-off miniature packs, sometimes very beautitul but often of low grade. Furthermore, miniature, toy card games are often produced by consumer product manufacturers as sales incentives or free give-aways for children.

Ariel Playing cards, c.1900

Left: these miniature “Ariel” Playing cards were published c.1900. The indices have been inked in, and the box is a slide-in, like a matchbox. Image courtesy Ken Lodge.   (Click image to see more).


Acorn series miniature children's playing cards, c.1950

Above: Acorn series miniature children's playing cards, with 'N' monogram on ace of spades, manufactured anonymously in England, c.1950. The cards are printed in red/yellow/black only and the reverse shows a pixie sitting on a toadstool.

Above: advert from inside 1927 edition of U.S.P.C.C’s ‘Selected Patience Games’ booklet for various sizes of patience and miniature playing cards.

Anonymous miniature playing cards from Mexico, c.2000

Right: anonymous miniature cards from Mexico, c.2000.

Below: uncut cards of miniature Spanish suited playing cards in medieval style, uncoloured and anonymous.


Above: miniature Spanish suited playing cards in medieval style advertising “La Paella” spices and condiments, c.1930-40.

Above: Avión 201 miniature playing cards manufactured in Spain by H. Fournier S.A., c.1950, with a Spanish exportation tax stamp on the four of Clubs and an Argentinian importation tax stamp on the Ace of Hearts.

Above: miniature playing cards inserted into consumer products as a sales incentive and for children to collect, 1930s-1950s.

Above: cards from children's deck of miniature "The Jolly Joker" playing cards, manufactured anonymously, Argentina, c.1940s.

Above: two miniature decks by Hudson (Australia): a) Morley Toy playing cards, b) Junior playing cards, court cards in red/black only, 1940s or 1950s.

Above: miniature 'TOYS' Spanish suited playing cards from Argentina, 1980.

Above: "Mini Trump Card" key ring playing cards, published by Popcorn Co. Ltd, made in China, 2011.

STAB Lx Matchbox labels with playing card designs

Above: STAB Lx Swedish Matchbox labels with playing card designs.

Birkel Schwarzer Peter Zirkus Kartenspiel, c.1950

Above: Birkel Schwarzer Peter Zirkus Kartenspiel, Germany, c.1950.

Miniature playing cards, 1964

Above: Miniature Spanish playing cards, 1964.

Above: Piatnik’s “Empire Patience”

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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

Founder 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.


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