This pack was produced by Cartamundi in a limited edition of 5000 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film Star Wars, released in 1977 and which has since become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
The cards feature every aspect of the original motion picture, including concept paintings and drawings, models and costumes used in filming, storyboard art, and rare behind the scene photos and designs. Each card features a main and secondary image, below which is a short text describing both. The pack includes three jokers which replicate different original posters for the film (all designed by Ralph McQuarrie). The pack comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, with the attractive tuck box seated in a black flip-top presentation case. See the case and box►
The nine of diamonds shows the Y-Wing Starfighter. A model of an X-Wing Fighter from the original Star Wars film was recently put up for auction. See the Guardian Mon 11 Sep 2023: Long-lost Star Wars X-Wing model to be auctioned, bids starting at $400,000►
Member since July 27, 2022
I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.
Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.
Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Recoloured version of the Rider/Waite/Smith tarot produced by Frankie Albano, 1968.
Branle playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
Umbrella Academy playing cards created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, USA, 2019.
Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Romeo and Juliet playing cards illustrated by Belgian artist Virginie Carquin 2016.
Based on the knowledge, wisdom and interpretation of Paul Foster Case and Arthur Edward Waite.
“The New Palladini Tarot” by David Palladini published by U.S. Games Inc., in 1996.
Pack conceived by Berthold Conradi, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the granting of town righ...
The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini, published by Morgan Press, Inc., 1970.
The Linweave Tarot is actually an elaborate set of paper samples from the Pulp, Paper and Board Divi...
Photographs of political and media figures associated with the Presidency of Donald Trump (2017-2021...
Reproductions of cigarette cards from 1910 on the subject of the early days of aviation.
Dinosaurs from different ages and locations, with artwork by Virginijus Poshkus.
A different dinosaur for each of the four suits, two printed in red and two in blue.
Commemorative Olympic Playing Cards produced by Waddingtons exclusively for Stanley Gibbons Antiquar...
Eclipse Comic playing cards is a reproduction of the first transformation pack printed in the USA in...
Old West Guns playing cards containing information about firearms from the Old West, USA.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
Honouring the bicentenary of the Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon flights in 1783.
Characters and scenes from the Disney film of the same name, on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Centennial Olympic Games playing cards celebrating the centenary of the modern Olympic Games, 1896-1...
Characters from The Broons and Oor Wullie comic strips on their 75th anniversary.
‘Star Wars: a New Hope’ playing cards to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film Star Wars, USA, ...