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Published June 21, 2024 Updated June 23, 2024

Warner Bros 100th Anniversary

An array of famous characters from Warner Bros films in celebration of the company’s centenary.

2023 USA Theory11 Warner Bros. Movies & Film Add to Collection

It is often difficult to bring unity to a diverse range of characters all featured in one pack of cards. However, that has been achieved here, partly by the use of colour and partly by the well-worn device of giving the characters traditional playing-card elements, e.g., outfits or central bands decorated with multiple suit-signs. The result is a fitting tribute to the most celebrated series to have come out of the Warner Bros. Discovery studios including Willy Wonka, Superman, Harry Potter, Scooby-Doo, Wonder Woman, Elf, Batman, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Wizard of Oz, and The Lord of the Rings. A few of the double-ended designs are different at either end. The fact that the individual characters lack facial features is barely noticeable. References to different characters can be found on the reverse. The print quality and finish are superb, as you would expect from Theory11 who pride themselves on producing “the world’s finest playing cards”. The box is partly embossed with gold foil

Warner Bros 100th Anniversary playing cards published by Theory11, USA, 2023 Warner Bros 100th Anniversary playing cards published by Theory11, USA, 2023 Warner Bros 100th Anniversary playing cards published by Theory11, USA, 2023
Warner Bros 100th Anniversary playing cards published by Theory11, USA, 2023

Above: Warner Bros 100th Anniversary playing cards published by Theory11, USA, 2023. Probably printed by USPC Co. Box handcrafted in Minnesota. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 2 extra cards in tuck box. Size: 63 x 88 mm. © & ™ WBEI AND ITS AFFILIATES (S23)

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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