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Published April 16, 2015 Updated July 01, 2022

SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon playing cards featuring SpongeBob and Patrick the star fish

USA Stephen Hillenburg Animation Cartoon Pop Culture Add to Collection

SpongeBob SquarePants is a children’s cartoon series, so wild and wacky that it has also become a cult favourite with adolescents and adults alike. SpongeBob, created by Stephen Hillenburg in 1996, is a sponge, and features on these playing cards along with his best friend Patrick who is a very dim-witted star fish. The deck features thirteen images, repeated across the suits, and two jokers which are renamed “wild cards”. The box (right) doubles as a model of the main character. All in all, a weird deck of cards, for fans of an equally weird cartoon show!

SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon playing cards featuring SpongeBob and Patrick the star fish

Above: SpongeBob SquarePants children’s cartoon playing cards featuring SpongeBob and Patrick the star fish. Images and review text courtesy Matt Probert.

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• Stephen Hillenburg: the naive genius who made SpongeBob a cultural titan

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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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