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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Bicycle Emotions

Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013.

Bicycle Emotions playing cards by USPCC published in 2013. The 12 court cards are custom emotions, with 2 jokers to help you bluff at cards. You got a pair of deuces in your hand, bluff... Will the other player fold...? Your heart skips a beat, you don't show it. If he folds, you're happy, you don't show it...   See the Box

Bicycle Emotions 1st Edition by USPCC 2013 Bicycle Emotions 1st Edition by USPCC 2013

Above: Bicycle Emotions 1st Edition by USPCC 2013 (now out-of-print). 52 cards plus 2 jokers, with custom courts, plus one blank card and an advertising card for collectableplayingcards.com who designed them.

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Bicycle Emotions 1st Edition by USPCC 2013
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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

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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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