A good poker player should make a good spy: observant, sharp and self-controlled.
The face cards are all espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed. Many people would recognize the Guy Fawkes mask the Jack of diamonds is wearing, made famous by the antihero of V For Vendetta and the hacker group Anonymous. The Kings have James Bond spy gadget objects, the Queens have surveillance devices and the Jacks are all using puzzle/cryptography/drone and listening devices.
The Museum of Spycraft itself was a lot of fun with various tests and tasks for the visitors to do. Everyone was given a small RFID chip to carry to log in to the exhibits and it kept track of your results. At the end of the tour you would be given an “assignment” based on your results.
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any hidden codes within the cards. The patterns on the backs are all the same and there does not seem to be a hidden code using anything like ultraviolet ink or patterns in the clothing or layout of the suits. I wish there were, it would really reward a sharp eye for detail.
Publicity pack for the Harley and Helmsley Hotels, U.S.A., c.1986.
The Encarded First Edition is a limited edition of 2,500 designed by Paul Carpenter and manufactured by the Expert Playing Card Company.
Tarot game pack with fantasy sci-fi artwork on the trumps published by Pocket SF, France.
Cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.
Playing cards inspired by mysterious symbolism of secret societies as well as a tribute to the National Playing Card Co.
Monarchs luxury playing cards by Theory11, featured in the film Now You See Me.
Luxury playing cards produced by Theory11 in collaboration with The Nomad Hotel in New York City.
Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
Marvel’s Avengers: The Infinity Saga Premium Playing Cards produced by Theory11 and designed by Mattson Creative, 2021.
A recreated of the original 1876, No. 18, Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty by Michael Scott in 2014.
Triangle Playing Cards by Michael Scott.
Two Notched Construction Card Sets by Shackman & Co, N.Y. 1970s.
IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.
Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.
Spyscape espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed playing cards, 2018.
Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.
Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.
Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989
Warren Paper Products Co., Lafayette, Indiana, publishers of Built-Rite toys, games and puzzles.
Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986.
Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.
“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.
The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.
‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986.
Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40.
Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Roundup card game by Whitman Publishing, 1951.
Old Maid card game by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Crazy Eights by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Whitman 8 Card Games boxed set, 1951.
Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.
Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman.
Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.
Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.