GERMANY - SAXONY PATTERN - VASS, Leinfelden.



310058 VASS, Leinfelden. 150 Years of Skat 1818-1968. 32 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 99x55 mm, rc, 4 I. on the pips. Backs: 4 rectangles with stylized cornflowers. Maker's name on Deuce of Acorns, trademark on Deuce & 7 of Hearts. 1968.
Lit.: Mann coll. 106.
Special edition commemorating the first mention of the game of Skat in the newspaper "Osterländische Blätter" in 1818.
Mint.




CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown, China.




200740 Maker unknown, China. Young woman. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 86x56 mm, rc, Backs: Decorative panel, pink. 2005.
All cards display realistic color drawings of a friendly and pensive young woman in changing traditional outfits.
Min. damaged ill. OCase, mint.




CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong.




200747 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Nature. "Ace" No. 602. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on black background. c2005.
Detailed realistic pictures of a wonderful nature of the Western European type with various birds, badger, fox, mice...
OCase, mint.




GERMANY - VARIA - Sieghard Dittner, Malchow. Printed by Wolfgang Schuboth, Malchow.



280110 Sieghard Dittner, Malchow. Printed by Wolfgang Schuboth, Malchow. Lüsch'n Klöterjan'sch Spökenkieker Kortenspäl. Design: Sieghard & Vilja Dittner. SF. 24 + title card + 5 EC, complete. Offset, 130x78 mm, square corners, 1 German I. Backs: Plain grey. 1993.
The "Fortune-telling deck of Lieschen (Elizabeth) Klöterjan" was published in an edition of 300 packs, all signed by the artist. These are prophetic cards with French suits. Their pictures & sayings have been drawn from the reservoir of Mecklenburg legends. Fitting to their popular themes, they are illustrated in a woodcut-like style full of contrast. One of the extra cards unveils the meanings.
OWrapper, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk.




200680 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 9 of acorns: Yankees in Africa. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different) + EC, complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: Black African woman with baby on her back in an ornated frame, in B/W. 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.126.
Courts, aces and jokers are illustrated with skilled compositions by E. Stupakova: the yankees here are the figures of the Anglo-American pattern, and Africa means the female part of the black continent. The numerals are adorned with oval color photos of a tall slender black beauty on the edge of a pool.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Bielefeld Playing Cards, Ltd., Bielefeld.




380150 Bielefeld Playing Cards, Ltd., Bielefeld. Der Abend (The Evening). Design: Aribert Nesslinger. 32 + EC, complete. Offset, 91x59 mm, rc, Backs: Text ad in white on red background for "The independant midday newspaper in Berlin". Logo (no. 6) on AH. 1978.
Lit.: Braun/Bielefeld BI 1978/1; Braun 1940; Kohlmann [1984] 72.
Caricatures of a judge, a policeman etc. on the kings, of a housewife, a vamp etc. on the queens and of snotty-nosed brats on the jacks.
Mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - AAA Group Co. Ltd., Ning Bo, China.




380412 AAA Group Co. Ltd., Ning Bo, China. Artist! 52 + JJ (all different) + EC, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Notes and ornaments, ochre on bluish green background. 2001.
Lit.: Braun/Knüpfer AA 2001/3; Lutkovskiy 4.74.
All cards display caricatures of Russian singers. Mingled with them are Louis de Funès (as gendarme) and Belmondo.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




FRANCE - NON STANDARD CARDS - Carta Mundi, Turnhout, for Editions Face&Dos, Paris.




800036 Carta Mundi, Turnhout, for Editions Face&Dos, Paris. Modern Pin-Up. Design: Virginie Notte. 52 + JJ (all different) + EC, complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Young woman with suspenders sits on dice, in the background flames, in grey and pink (drawing by Laura Satana). 2004.
Lit.: Eroticism VI 11.691.
Young modern women recreate the pin-up style of the fifties. Color photos full of atmosphere on all cards. Edition of 2000 decks.
OCase, mint.




LUXEMBOURG - NON STANDARD CARDS - Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes).




200640 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Laurent Fétis. Design: Laurent Fétis. 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Head of a werewolf, white on black background. 2005.
Lit.: De Ryck in Journal of the IPCS 34/2, pp. 145-147.
The exhibition Graphique Deluxe has invited 11 artists to create a deck of cards on the occasion of the opening of the Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean. The present one is reduced to large white index marks and elegant suit-signs on black background (the black suits are green). The jokers display a log cabin. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




BELGIUM - PACKAGINGS - Antoine Van Genechten, Turnhout.


200721 Antoine Van Genechten, Turnhout. Wrapper for a deck "Nº 2 BELGIAN MAKE". Scottish soldier. Trademark: "Nº 2131 The Celebrated Eagle Brand". Line block on blue patterned glossy paper, 167x201 mm. Backs: Without imprint. c1900.

Folding marks, small holes & a number handwritten in ink outside the picture, very good conservation.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Printissa (RusJoker), Saint Petersburg.




200660 Printissa (RusJoker), Saint Petersburg. Legends of the Sea. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 89x57 mm, rc, Backs: Grim bearded head between 2 ornaments with lion's heads. 2005.
The manneristic figures on the courts and the numerals are in many cases illustrated with elements from the kingdom of the sea: monsters, fishes, shells...
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




BELGIUM - PACKAGINGS - Mesmaekers & Moentach, Turnhout.


200708 Mesmaekers & Moentach, Turnhout. Wrapper for a deck "Cartes Superfines". Woodcut printed in blue, 175x147 mm. Backs: Without imprint. c1860.
2 crowned lions hold the crowned lion shield of the Netherlands. They stand on a band with the motto: "JE MAINTIENDRAI." (I shall maintain). The wrapper is signed: "M & M a T." The Mesmaekers & Moentach company was extant from 1859 till 1862.
Faint folding marks, notice handwritten in ink in the white margin ("Ordinaires n§ 98 tarotées"), very good conservation.




JAPAN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto.



330462 Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto. Nissan Palsus. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 87x61 mm, rc, Backs: Standing crusaders with chain-mail coat, shield and lance. Maker's name & logo on AS. 1971.
Lit.: Braun 768.
Inside a suit, the illustrations on K, Q and J are identical. They show medieval figures holding in one half of the cards a French suit-sign, in the other half a Spanish one. Spades/Swords have a knight in armour, Clubs/Clubs a squire, Diamonds/Coins a merchant and Hearts/Cups the lady of the castle. The joker is a court jester playing the lute. Edition of 2,250.
OBox, mint.




FRANCE - NON STANDARD CARDS - Editions Face&Dos, Paris.




380283 Editions Face&Dos, Paris. Chaos, Poch, Rock & HNT. 32 + 2 EC, complete. Offset, 88x58 mm, rc, Backs: Panel with a regular pattern of circles and triangles, in BW. 2005.
The post-graffiti artists Chaos, Poch, Rock and HNT wish to model the urban landscape with their pictures and logos. Here a selection of their works (the numerals are, instead of 7-10, 7, 8, 9 and 13).
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




GERMANY - PRUSSIA PATTERN - Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken A.G., Halle, formerly Ludwig & Schmidt.



340035 Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken A.G., Halle, formerly Ludwig & Schmidt. Finest Skat Card. 32, complete. Color lith., 103x58 mm, rc, Backs: Eagle with the arms of Halle on its breast, combined with the German suit-signs, blue. Maker's name on Unter of Hearts, logo & German Imperial tax stamp No. 9 (Halle), value: 30 Pfennig (1903 - 1919), on Deuce of Hearts. c1910.
Lit.: Kohlmann/Radau 34; comp. Mann coll. 110.
Views of Berlin, Magdeburg, Breslau, Erfurt... on the pips.
Slightly worn - worn.




FRANCE - - Dominique Bergeron.

410302 Dominique Bergeron. Tarot Divinatoire. Design: Dominique Bergeron (Bleunven). 22 + 22 text cards, complete. Hand-col. lith. in dark-brown, 137x69 mm, square corners. Backs: 4 dogs around a cross. c1975. Lit.: Kaplan III 177. The 22 trumps wish to renew our Celtic heritage, they are drawn in the style of the Irish paintings of the high Middle Ages. Min. damaged OBox, folded sheet of instructions, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Color Printing Combine, Saint Petersburg.




380411 Color Printing Combine, Saint Petersburg. Diana. Design: B. Adshijev, E. Schiljajev. 52 + JJ (all different) + 2 EC, complete. Offset, 90x58 mm, rc, Backs: Ornamental design, brown and yellow. 1999.
Lit.: Braun/Knüpfer SP 1999/1; Eroticism IV 10.57; Lutkovskiy 4.30.
The courts show barbarian kings, sculptural beauties and athlets. The aces are ornated and the numerals decorated with half-naked women winding around tendrils.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




AUSTRIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Ferd. Piatnik & Sons for Edition Hilger, Vienna.

340370 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons for Edition Hilger, Vienna. Karl Korab. Design: Karl Korab (born in 1937). 2 x 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 89x58 mm, rc, 2 German I. Backs: Panel with a regular pattern of rectangles divided diagonally, dark-red and brown or green and blue. Maker's name (Hilger) on 2D, logo (Piatnik) on 2H. 1991.
Lit.: Altfahrt in Talon 12 (2003), p. 31.
Colorful collage-like figures on the courts, illustrated aces.
OBox, biographical sheet, mint.




LUXEMBOURG - NON STANDARD CARDS - Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes).




200650 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: RectoVerso Playing Cards. VidaleGloesener. Design: Vidale & Gloesener. 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Deck of cards. 2005.
Lit.: De Ryck in Journal of the IPCS 34/2, pp. 145-147.
The exhibition Graphique Deluxe has invited 11 artists to create a deck of cards on the occasion of the opening of the Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean. Stylized figures in light mauve on dark mauve background or, on the other side, in light orange on orange background. Although the values have been shifted, it is easy to remind that the orange jack of clubs and the mauve king of diamonds go together. This is maybe what the sentence on the EC means: "To see or not to see, that is the key to winning" or "Voir ou ne pas voir, tel est le secret de la victoire". Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




ITALY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Arti Grafiche Alinari Baglioni, Firenze.




380340 Arti Grafiche Alinari Baglioni, Firenze. Calcio Storico Fiorentino. Design: Costante Costantini. 40 + title card, complete. Offset, 96x63 mm, rc, Backs: Overall pattern of lozenges including the Florentine lily in B/W. Maker's name on 2 of Coins. 1978.
Lit.: Braun 2018.
Playing-cards of the Florentine historical football in costumes of the 16th century. Each suit represents one of the participating parts of town.
In original wooden box, mint.




SWITZERLAND - NON STANDARD CARDS - AG Müller & Cie, Neuhausen.



350465 AG Müller & Cie, Neuhausen. Sexy-Jass mit den schönsten Girls vom Blick (Sexy Jass with the prettiest girls of Blick). 36 + title card, complete. Offset, 89x57 mm, rc, 2 German I. Backs: Repeated inscription advertising the magazine Blick. Maker's name on AH. 1989.
Lit.: Eroticism II 11.92.
All cards show color pictures of rather naked women.
Mint.




AUSTRIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV.




340360 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV. Black Back. Design: Albert Ecker (born in 1958). 2 x 52 + JJJ + blank card, complete. Offset, 95x65 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: Panel with oblique parallel lines, black. 1983.
The deck was conceived to be printed in B/W. Dreamy views of cities on the courts, strange symbols on the aces. Limited edition of 999 double decks.
OBox, German-English booklet (Ernst R. Ragg, 12 pp.), mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Color Printing Combine, Saint Petersburg.




380410 Color Printing Combine, Saint Petersburg. Gosposha Udatscha. Dame Fortune. Design: B. Adshijev, E. Schiljajev. 52 + JJJ (all different) + EC, complete. Offset, 90x58 mm, rc, Backs: Tsarist gold roubles, upholstery in the background. 1998.
Lit.: Braun/Knüpfer SP 1998/3; Eroticism V 1.100; Lutkovskiy 4.31.
Each half of the courts shows the good or the bad sides of mankind, e.g. KD: businessman with contract and banknotes / prisoner with judgement and case files, or QD: waitress / bar hostess... Adorned aces.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




   
   

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