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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. Their popularity is undoubtedy due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Squared Faro #366

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 14, 2019 at 10:29am

Squared Faro #366 by Russell & Morgan Co. first issued in 1887. Read more →

Is Card Collecting an Investment? Blog Post

Posted by Rod Starling •  October 12, 2019 at 08:16pm

“Is Card Collecting an Investment?” - an article by Rod Starling. Read more →

Crown the Queen

Posted by Matt Probert •  October 08, 2019 at 09:21am

Crown the Queen card game invented by Elaine Burton, c.1953. Read more →

Aesop’s Fables

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 26, 2019 at 03:46pm

Aesop’s Fables playing cards by I. Kirk, c.1759. Read more →

Friendly Felines

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 25, 2019 at 08:18pm

‘Friendly Felines’ playing cards designed by Azured Ox, 2017. Read more →

Bicycle Cybertech

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 25, 2019 at 02:29pm

Bicycle Cybertech playing cards inspired by cyberpunk genre, illustrated by Jamie Meza, 2019. Read more →

Bicycle 808 Bourbon

Posted by Matt Probert •  September 24, 2019 at 11:33am

Bicycle 808 Bourbon themed deck by US Playing Card Company 2017. Read more →

Nursery Rhymes Misfitz

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 23, 2019 at 05:20pm

Nursery Rhymes Misfitz by C. W. Faulkner & Co,, c.1900. Read more →

Alice in Wonderland

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 20, 2019 at 12:08pm

Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018. Read more →

National Geographic Nature

Posted by Matt Probert •  September 10, 2019 at 08:53pm

National Geographic Nature playing cards, 2006. Read more →

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