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‘Star Wars’ playing cards produced by Character Games, 2002

‘Star Wars’ playing cards, 2002

Over the years there have been several fan-decks of ‘Star Wars’ playing cards produced. These ones are the 2002, British made, deck known simply as ‘Star Wars Playing Cards’, and refer to the ‘later’ Star Wars films. The deck was produced by Character Games and carries the copyright notice © 2002 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Each pip card has a sketch background of a different creature or robot from the later films, while the court cards carry artist impressions of various characters and the aces different spaceships from the film. The characters used to depict the suit on each card have been stylised in line with the futuristic nature of the film's plot. The design on the back of the cards is a medley of characters from the films.

Star Wars Playing Cards produced by Character Games  © 2002 Lucasfilm Ltd

Above: ‘Star Wars’ playing cards produced by Character Games, © 2002 Lucasfilm Ltd.

‘Star Wars’ playing cards, 2013

This ‘Star Wars’ pack features a different piece of concept art from Ralph McQuarrie on every card (including the three jokers). Ralph McQuarrie illustrated scenes from the script for the original Star Wars films.

Star Wars Playing Cards  © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd Star Wars Playing Cards  © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd

Above: ‘Star Wars’ playing cards by Ralph McQuarrie © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd, printed by Carta Mundi (UK).

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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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