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Published October 12, 2015 Updated October 27, 2022

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards

Deck featuring “18 Rock ‘n’ Pop” Superstars portrayed on the court cards and jokers by eight of Britain’s leading illustrators.

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Commissioned by Sony Tape and produced by Carta Mundi, this colourful deck features “18 Rock ‘n’ Pop” Superstars portrayed on the court cards and jokers by eight of Britain’s leading illustrators. Each ace, court card, and joker features a different character. The pips are plain.

Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards

Above: Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards, manufactured by Carta Mundi, 1980s.

The deck also includes an information card (extra joker) detailing the portraits, and a leaflet with biographical information on each artist on one side, and the rules of several popular card games on the other side.

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By Matt Probert

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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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