RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk.




200670 Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk. Russian Beer. Design: Alexei Orleansky. 36 + JJJ (all different) + title card, complete. Color digital printing, 90x56 mm, rc, Backs: Old beer ad: lobster serves up beer. 2006.
The courts display the Russian pattern, yet the kings hold a stein, the queens a glass and the jacks a bottle of beer in the hand. The aces are illustrated with old beer trademarks and the jokers reproduce caricatures of beer drinkers.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




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




200755 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Sailing II. "Ace" No. 611. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on blue background. c2005.
Other contemporary painters are represented here: Geoff Hunt, Mark R. Myers, Martin C. Heere... The latter does not show sailing ships on the diamonds, but freight steamers.
OCase, mint.




SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown.




340459 Maker unknown. Vargas Pin-Ups. Design: Alberto Vargas (1896-1983). 52 + JJJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Back view of a sitting blondie, just dressed in her jewels, in brown. 2003.
All cards are illustrated with the permissive models of the master of the pin-ups. Pirate (?) edition, not on the market, numbered.
Mint.




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




200642 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Marianne Grisse. Design: Marianne Grisse. 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Drawing in red, overprinted with oblique yellow stripes, on top of it the scattered French suit-signs. 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. Deck without suit-signs. The suits are indicated by changing wood grains in the background: oak, jacaranda, mahogany and ebony. Against that background we see the white silhouettes of the figures of the Berlin pattern, yet these do not follow the traditional order: so for example is the king of hearts married with the queen of spades and the king of clubs with the queen of hearts. The jokers show the overlapping outlines of all figures against a root wood grain. Limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




TAIWAN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Beautone Specialties Co., Ltd.




200769 Beautone Specialties Co., Ltd. Swimming Suit. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Bathing belle against the background of a tropical coast. Makers name on AS. c2000.
All cards are illustrated. They show young women enjoying sea and sun.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




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 - Etablissements Brepols S.A., Turnhout.


200707 Etablissements Brepols S.A., Turnhout. Wrapper with ill. banderole for a deck. View of the Eiffel tower. Line block in blue, 153x179 mm. Backs: Without imprint. c1925.

Faint folding marks, small notice handwritten in ink on the side, otherwise very good conservation.




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



330434 Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto. Onward. Design: Kashiyama Co. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Repeated logo "Onward", white on black background. 1965.
Lit.: Braun 186; Fournier 38.
All cards are illustrated. They display figures from everywhere in the world in the typical costume of their country.
OBox, mint.




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




200760 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Color Land. "Ace" No. 618. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on green background. c2005.
Surrealistic compositions merging humans and landscapes.
OCase, mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - - The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.)




008940 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) Shakespeare Quatercentenary 1564 - 1964. The Globe Theatre. 2 x 52 + JJ + text card, complete. Offset, 89x58 mm, round corners, 2 English index marks. The author discusses with a member of the audience during a performance in the Globe Theater, maroon or dark-blue border. 1964.

Fournier I p. 233; Thorpe [2001] pp. 80-81.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master C. W. Clark. Limited edition of 2,000 decks.

Somewhat damaged original plastic box of the WCMPC with the arms of the Company in gilt on the lid, control ticket, mint (the blue deck still sealed).




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.




GREAT BRITAIN - - The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddingtons Playing Cards).




007527 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddingtons Playing Cards). The Rt. Hon. Margaret Thatcher, Britain's First Woman Prime Minister. 2 x 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 88x58 mm, round corners, gilt edge, 4 English index marks. The Prime Minister waving at the door to 10 Downing Street, blue or red border. 1979.

Thorpe [2001] p. 89.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master John K. Black. Edition of 1,200 double decks.

Slightly damaged original cardboard case and plastic box, mint (the red deck still sealed).




RUSSIA - TAROT - Arkaim, Tscheljabinsk.




200679 Arkaim, Tscheljabinsk. Tarot of the Shadows. Design: O.E. Vassiltchenko (text by Vera Skljarova). 78, complete. Offset, 119x76 mm, rc, Backs: Ariman, the principle of evil, represented as the horned head of a billy goat in a pentagram, red background. 2004.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 8.39.
According to its name, the deck deals with the dark sides of conscience. So the trumps are here Satan, Lilith, Lucifer... Each figure has its counterpart in the traditional tarot, as explained in the instructions.
Min. damaged OCase, ill. instructions (Russian, 80 pp., covers in color), mint.




GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, Altenburg.




380067 VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, Altenburg. Postal History. Design: Volker Hartmann. 32 + EC, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Post-horn, yellow on silver background. 1987.
Lit.: Braun/DDR AS 1987/5.
Historical figures, uniforms, coaches etc. on all cards. Acorns = Thurn and Taxis, leaves = Saxony, hearts = Prussia and bells = Mecklenburg.
Mint.




NETHERLANDS - NON STANDARD CARDS - Cerberus, Breda.




200655 Cerberus, Breda. Theater of Pain. Design: Cerberus (Colin Peters). 52 + JJ (all different) + 2 text cards, compl. Offset, 105x65 mm, rc, Backs: Trellis made of flowers and skulls, B/W on light-grey background. 2005.
The courts display protagonists of the first (1994-1996) and of the second (1999-2002) Chechen wars, e.g. Boris Jeltsin (KH), Vladimir Putin (KD), Aslan Maschadov (KC, president of Chechnya)... Except for QD, the Q are allegories (soldier's mother, black widow...) AH and AS are illustrated, one of the jokers portrays the artist himself. The deck was printed after linocuts in an edition of 1000 (B/W and brown for H and D, B/W and grey for S and C). Our copies are signed by hand by the artist.
OBox, mint.




ITALY - NON STANDARD TAROT CARDS - Lo Scarabeo, Torino.




200625 Lo Scarabeo, Torino. Bruegel Tarot. Design: Guido Zibordi Marchesi (editor: Pietro Alligo). 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: Dancing couple, grey. 2004.
Accomplished pictures that interpret in a sensitive way the paintings of Peter Bruegel the Older. Each card illustrates a popular saying or a well-known allegory. The suits are dedicated to the seasons: swords = spring, batons = summer, coins = autumn and cups = winter. A true success.
OCase, multilingual booklet (64 pp., English, Italian, Spanish, French, German), mint.




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




350232 Carta Mundi, Turnhout, for Editions Face&Dos, Paris. Pin-Up. Design: Hubert de Lartigue (born in 1963). 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, silvered edge, 4 English I. Backs: Long-legged young woman with pumps shows us her bottom, red. 2003.
All cards are illustrated with peppy drawings of extrovert young women in the best pin-up style. Numbered edition of 3000 decks.
OBox and OCase, descriptive folder, mint.




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




200635 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 8 of clubs: Classic. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 32 + JJ (all different), complete. Color laser print, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: Calendar for 2006. 2005.
Fine drawings of figures in medieval costumes on courts, aces and jokers. The numerals are illustrated with color photos of a merry and sometimes pensive young woman.
OCase, mint.




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




200659 Printissa (RusJoker), Saint Petersburg. Kashmir. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 89x57 mm, rc, Backs: Stylized Oriental rug design, reddish brown and olive-green on dark-green background. Maker's name on AS. 2005.
Courts in historical costumes. Aces and numerals are adorned with suitable illustrations.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




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




200636 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 2 of clubs: Greek Gods. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 32 + JJ (all different), complete. Color laser print, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: Calendar for 2006. 2005.
Well-turned interpretations of Greek divinities on courts, aces and jokers. The numerals are illustrated with B/W photos of statues, mostly from the ancient world.
OCase, mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Marine Stewardship Council, London (printed by Games & Print Services Ltd., Canvey Island, Essex).




200651 Marine Stewardship Council, London (printed by Games & Print Services Ltd., Canvey Island, Essex). Under The Sea transformation playing cards. 52 + JJ (all different) + EC, compl. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: The sea in various shades of blue and logo of the MSC. 2005.
The MSC is dedicated to saving the world's fish stocks. Each of the 54 cards of this transformed pack was created by a different British artist, among them Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Quentin Blake, Maggi Hambling...
OCase, ill. folder with short biographies of the artists, mint.




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



330514 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV. Playgirls. No. 1004. 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Baroque sculpture of a naked woman, brown. c1978.
Lit.: Braun 1304; Eroticism I 11.9.
52 color pictures of pretty Alpine girls in titillating poses. Out-of-the-way accessories: gardening tools, tyre...
Somewhat damaged OCase, almost mint.




   
   

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