Produced in L’viv in 2010, this pack consists of 36 cards with each card depicting in brilliant detail warriors and soldiers of the 17th century. Each suit is devoted to a different empire or region. Diamonds represent the Tsardom of Moscow (King is Mikhail I, First Romanov Tsar 1596-1645); Clubs represent Poland (King is Władysław IV Vasa or Ladislaus IV of Poland, 1595-1648); Spades represent the Ottoman Empire (King is Sultan Murad IV, 1612-1640), and finally Hearts depict the Zaporozhian Host - a military force inhabiting or originating from Zaporizhzhia, the territory beyond the rapids of the Dnieper River in what is Central Ukraine today, from the 15th to the 18th centuries. The King is the military commander Bohdan Khmelnytsky, 1595-1657. The Queens and Knaves, along with the Kings, are all described on separate card. Each Ace displays the coat-of-arms of the relevant empire while the pip cards represent soldiers and fighters, each one explaining their rank, function or position.
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An avid playing card collector since the early 1970s. While the bulk of my collection originates from the UK, Western Europe and the USA, I have always had a “soft spot” for Russian packs - in part because I studied Russian at both school and University in the 1960s, and also because it was in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest.
Chernobyl Memorial Playing Cards designed by Misery Development Ltd. / Nicolai Aaroe and printed in Ukraine by Noir Arts Playing Cards.
Pack printed by “Moryak” in Odessa illustrated by artist Yu. Litvinenko.
Warriors and Soldiers of the 17th century, produced in L’viv in 2010.
Ukrains’ki karti gral’ni suvenirni / Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov, c.2012.
This pack was designed by Oksana Ternavska and first published in 2011 as a supplement to the book "Eneida", a poem written by Ivan Kotliarevsky in 1798.
Cyberpunk playing cards inspired by advanced science and technology in an urban dystopian future. Designed by Ivan Fortunov, 2021.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
Sergeant-Major card game devised by W.G.Smith
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10.
Gods of Egypt playing cards dedicated to the culture of Ancient Egypt.
On Guard military card game published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1880.
Patriotic Misfitz published by C.W Faulkner & Co, Ltd, c.1906.
Gunfighters playing cards from the Wild West Series by SPCC, 2018.
Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018.
Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, 2017.
“Victory” by Pepys Games, a splendid game with caricatures of British and German leaders, published in 1940.
The “Cavalry Game” manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1900-10.
Ordnance Recognition Playing Cards cards designed to help people at risk from unexploded bombs
ARRCO Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1935 - c.1970s.
“Pekelna Horugva” is the second deck designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko, manufactured by Nage Cards, Saint-Petersburg, 2012
54 amazing hand drawn cards which shows the demons from Underworld.
This art project by Artua consists of four cards which were inspired by robots and the stories of Isaac Asimov and the Three Laws of Robotics.
Global Unrest uses a traditional playing card style mixed with a WWII military twist..
Oksana Pushnjak has created a set of cards depicting 16th century kings and queens of Europe.
The King of Acorns is supposed to represent Prince Otto; the King of Leaves is Maximilian II; the King of Bells is Ludwig II; the King of Hearts is Ludwig I wearing a general's uniform. The court cards are all male, but some of the numeral cards depict women.
This deck is commonly known as the “Anheuser-Busch Spanish-American War deck”, issued at the end of the war.
“26th Yankee Division Playing Cards” was designed by Alban B. Butler, Jr and printed by the Press of the Woolly Whale, New York, in 1933.
Over the years eight different Aces of Spades were used with this brand and the Joker was also modified several times.
The Joker is particularly persuasive, whilst the Ace of Spades has a battle scene involving artillery, with Navy ships in the distance and the statue of the goddess of Freedom in the middle.
Piatnik was known for their magnificent quality of chromo-lithographic printing, and this facsimile, or reprint, of “Soldaten Tarock No. 217” is virtually as magnificent as the original.