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Roman Empire

Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd.,

2011 United Kingdom Green Board Game Co Ltd. KZWP-Trefl Gary Wyatt Art & Design Education Add to Collection

Roman Empire playing cards are published by the Green Board Game Co Ltd. The pack contains 52 imaginative images pertaining to the Romans, designed to enhance learning, plus two jokers of a single design. See the Box

Roman Empire playing cards by Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011 Roman Empire playing cards by Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011 Roman Empire playing cards by Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011 Roman Empire playing cards by Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011

Above: Roman Empire playing cards manufactured by KZWP (Poland) for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011.


Above: the Illustrated Roman Empire box (2003 edition) click to zoom.

Note from Roddy Somerville

There was an earlier edition of these cards, dated 2003 on the tuck box and probably printed by Carta Mundi. In the earlier edition, all of the designs are in black and white. In the later edition (shown above), some of the designs are the same (but in colour), while others are completely different. Many of the captions have been altered. The Joker is not quite the same and the back design is also different, as is the box. The earlier edition was actually called "The Illustrated Roman Empire playing cards" - RS.

the Illustrated Roman Empire 2003 edition the Illustrated Roman Empire 2003 edition

Above: cards from the 2003 edition with designs in black and white, probably printed by Carta Mundi. Courtesy Roddy Somerville.

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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.

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