JAPAN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Heinon Playing Card Co., Tokyo.



330430 Heinon Playing Card Co., Tokyo. British Uniforms. No. PA 802. Design: Isshu Imanishi. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 89x63 mm, rc, Backs: "The Playing Card for Men" & Heibon's trademark on dark-red background. 1967.
Lit.: Braun 81.
Drawings of British soldiers from the 17th to the 20th century on all cards.
OBox, minimal folding mark in a corner of 7S, otherwise mint.




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




200731 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. King of acorns: Love! Not War! Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJJJ (all different), complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: 2 military persons, a German and a Russian, in boots and topless. 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.131.
Aces and courts reflect upon the conflict between Germany (black suits) and the Soviet Union (red suits) during WW2. The aces show war decorations of both countries. The halves of the courts display the enemies, first taking each other prisoner and finally fraternizing. The numerals reproduce artistic photos of naked persons and of naturist exercises in the open air.
Min. damaged 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).




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




200681 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 10 of acorns: Americans in Russian Bath-house. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different) + EC, complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: Long-haired woman lashes a lying man with foliage (color picture). 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.127.
E. Stupakova has created courts, aces and jokers. The numerals are illustrated with color photos of an assiduous bathing belle.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




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




200646 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Play the Game. Massinon. Design: Jean-Christophe Massinon. 52 + JJ (all different) + title card, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Elements of the deck, pink and white on light-blue 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 courts display the faceless portrays of icons of the pop culture on pink (H & D) or brown background (S & C) from the sixties to the present. They are identified by their first names only. So we have "Martin" (Luther King), "Jane" (Fonda), "David" (Bowie), "Jean-Michel" (Jarre), "Louise" (Madonna), "Jeff" (Koons), "Chrissie" (Hynde) etc. The jokers display the waving figures of W and Osama. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, 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 Funčs (as gendarme) and Belmondo.
Slightly damaged OCase, 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.




GERMANY - SAXONY PATTERN - Maker unknown.



310056 Maker unknown. Union. 32, complete. Color lith., 35x27 mm, square corners, 4 I on the pips. Backs: Ad of the cigarettes RAMONA at the price of 4 Pfennig each and UNION No. 6 for 3 1/3 Pfennig each in red (Nefertiti's head). "UNION Cigarettenfabrik Dresden" on 9H, logo (little man with a G instead of the head) on Deuce of Hearts. c1935.
Miniature deck.
Almost mint - slightly worn.




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



200749 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Cats Fun I. "Ace" No. 604. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on black background. c2005.
Nice framed pictures of cats, mainly in the countryside, sometimes together with other animals like dogs, chickens...
OCase, mint.




USA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Inky-Dinky, San Francisco (printed in China).




200772 Inky-Dinky, San Francisco (printed in China). Kitten Club Playing Cards. 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 87x62 mm, rc, Backs: Dancing child with cats head and tail, green background. 2006.
Well-turned deck. Like the dogs deck the courts display different types of cats in human clothes. The numerals show cats and are transformed. Inky-Dinky sells everything for kids.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




ITALY - NON STANDARD TAROT CARDS - Lo Scarabeo, Torino (printed by Carta Mundi, Turnhout).




200630 Lo Scarabeo, Torino (printed by Carta Mundi, Turnhout). Tarots of Casanova. Le Tarot de Casanova. Design: Luca Raimondo after an idea by Mario Pignatiello. 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: Mask on creased cloth, blue. 2000.
Lit.: Eroticism V 9.82.
The unbelievable amorous adventures of the gentleman from Venice and the city itself are put on the stage of the present tarot deck.
OCase, multilingual booklet (64 pp., English, Italian, Spanish, French, German), mint.




HUNGARY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Budapest, for Civertan Graphic Studio, Budapest.



280530 Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Budapest, for Civertan Graphic Studio, Budapest. Magyar Viseletek a Középkorban I. Hungarian Costumes in Middle Ages I. Design: Civertan Graphic Studio. SF. 2 x 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 88x57 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: Old embroidery, blue or red. 2001.
Courts, aces and jokers show Hungarian historical costumes. Edition of 1000 double decks.
OCase, mint.




CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Fcy Co.




200776 Fcy Co. Kittens. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x62 mm, rc, Backs: 2 kittens and blooming branches in an oval, ornated border. c2005.
On all cards are kittens playing in a garden full of flowers.
Min. damaged OBox, mint.




USA - VARIA - McLoughlin Brothers, New York.



320674 McLoughlin Brothers, New York. American Fortune Telling Cards. Madlle Lenormand's Fortune Telling Cards. 36, complete. Color lith., 77x53 mm, rc, Backs: Plain. c1900.
Lit.: Compare: Hochman III FT1 (p. 243), Jensen [Prophecy] 2.48, Cary coll. 132, Braun 1635.
Further edition of a deck from the early 19th century. All the cards are illustrated and display small scenes (people in contemporary costumes, allegories). The values on the numerals are not consecutively numbered, e.g. C: 10, 9, 8, 7, 4, 1.
Damaged OCase, sheet of rules (1 sheet, German - English, folded and small tears), mint.




CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Hebei Maya Poker Culture Co., Ltd.




200743 Hebei Maya Poker Culture Co., Ltd. 2nd World War. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x62 mm, rc, Backs: Celebrating crowd. c2005.
Reproductions of B/W pictures taken during WW2 from the Soviet point of view.
Min. damaged ill. OCase, mint.




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




008661 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddingtons Playing Cards). Investiture of H.R.H. Prince Charles as Prince of Wales - 1st July 1969. 2 x 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 89x58 mm, round corners, gilt edge, 2 English index marks. Color photo of the scene of investiture at Caernavon Castle between arms and stylised foliage, reddish brown or dark-blue. 1969.

Thorpe [2001] p. 82.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master A.L. Morrish.

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




CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Hebei Zhuoda Poker Culture Co., Ltd.




200739 Hebei Zhuoda Poker Culture Co., Ltd. Dolls. 52 + JJJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x62 mm, rc, Backs: Snow crystals against a background striped in shades of red. c2005.
Color photos of blond dolls on all cards. They represent a young girl with very big eyes and a large chic wardrobe.
Min. damaged ill. OBox, mint.




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




008939 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) The King and Queen of Thailand at Guildhall. 2 x 52 + JJ, complete. Color line block (Ace of Spades = relief halftone, backs = photolithography), 89x58 mm, round corners, 2 English index marks. King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit in an open car in front of London Guildhall, maroon or dark-blue border. 1960.

Fournier II p. 73; Thorpe [2001] pp. 78-79.

The deck recalls the London visit of the Thai royal couple during their world tour. Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master A.G. Norman.

Minimally 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).




USA - NON STANDARD CARDS - 52 Plus Joker (printed in China).




200687 52 Plus Joker (printed in China). Annual Deck 2006. Design: Karla Mattson. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 87x62 mm, rc, Backs: Blobs of paint and name of the association. 2006.
Second deck of the American collectors' association, featuring this time transformed playing-cards. The illustrations are the same in all suits, QH excepted. Printed in an edition of 360 copies.
OCase, mint.




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




005241 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) Coronation. May 12, 1937. 2 x 52 + J + EC, complete. Color lith. (Ace of Spades = relief halftone, backs = photolith.), 90x62 mm, round corners, gilt edge, 2 English index marks. The King leaves Westminster abbey after his coronation, red or blue frame. 1937.

Fournier I p. 233; Thorpe [2001] p. 65; Berry [Taxation] W3.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master J. Elliot Mark. The dark-red leather box displays the company's arms in gilt.

Orig. red leather box, gilt-tooled (PRESENTATION BOX), and cardboard case, the blue deck unopened, the tax wrapper of the red deck somewhat damaged, mint.




   
   

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