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.




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




200627 Lo Scarabeo, Torino. Dante Tarot. Tarot de Dante. Design: Andrea Serio (editor: Giordano Berti). 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: City wall, horse and stylized plants in blue tints. 2001.
The trumps represent concepts explained by Dante in Il Convivio (The Banquet), while the suits have been replaced by new symbols which illustrate the poet's life and his journey into the next world (La Divina Commedia): bricks = the man Dante (batons), flames = the hell (swords), clouds = the purgatory (coins) and lights = the paradise (cups).
OCase, instructions (German), mint.




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




200643 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Ott + Stein. Design: Ott + Stein. 52 + JJJ (2 different ones), complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Name of the museum, light-brown 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. Typographical deck. The ranks are marked by colored letters or cyphers. They are inside a rectangle of always the same size, which is held in various colors, just like the background made of 4 tiles common to all cards. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




AUSTRIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Edelbacher Druck for Edition Hilger, Vienna.



340368 Edelbacher Druck for Edition Hilger, Vienna. Das Spiel und der Maler (The Game and the Painter). Design: Josef Bramer (born in 1948). 2 x 52 + JJJ + EC, complete. Offset, 92x60 mm, rc, 4 English I. Backs: Repeated quadrant, green or mauve. Maker's name (Hilger) on AH, logo (Edelbacher Spielkarten) on AS. 1989.
Lit.: Altfahrt in Talon 12 (2003), p. 29.
The K are older men representing the material present (prosperity, game of chance...), the Q symbolize the seasons and the J the art and the nature.
OBox, mint.




GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Karl Weberpals, Planegg (diffusion).




340155 Karl Weberpals, Planegg (diffusion). The Gravedigger's Deck. Design: Martin Wolke, Kiel (born in 1971). 36 + title card, complete. Hand-col. xerocopies, 90x57 mm, square corners, 1 German I. Backs: Without imprint, white. 1991.
All cards display pictures of a gravedigger with top-hat in his professional and private activities. The deck was published in an edition of 200 copies, signed and numbered by the artist's hand on the title card.
Mint.




USA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown, China, for 52 Plus Joker, Los Altos, CA.




200624 Maker unknown, China, for 52 Plus Joker, Los Altos, CA. Annual Deck 2005. Design: Susan Peterson. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 87x62 mm, rc, Backs: Sitting clown and name of the association. 2005.
This is the first deck of the American collectors' association. The figures on the courts seem to stem from fairytales. Illustrated aces. Printed in an edition of 360 copies.
OCase, mint.




AUSTRIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Edelbacher Druck for Edition Hilger, Vienna.



340369 Edelbacher Druck for Edition Hilger, Vienna. Arik Brauer. Design: Arik Brauer (born in 1929). 2 x 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 92x60 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: Plant, green or violet background. Maker's name (Hilger) on AD, logo (Edelbacher Spielkarten) on AS. 1990.
Lit.: Altfahrt in Talon 12 (2003), pp. 30-31.
Arik Brauer, singer and artist belonging to the movement of the fantastic realism, shows dancing dreamy figures on K, Q, J and joker.
OBox, mint.




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




200638 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 9 of clubs: Palech. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Color laser print, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: Man and woman in Russian costumes on black background. 2006.
Lit.: Comp. Braun/Knüpfer 2003 SP 1937/1.
Permissive version of the Black Palech from 1937.
OCase, mint.




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




380422 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. Queen of Hearts: Night Playing Cards. Design: Alexandra Rautkina. 36, complete. Color digital printing, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: Without imprint, white. 2004.
Lit.: Eroticism VI 7.52; Lutkovskiy 4.15.
Grey figures of the night on all cards.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




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



350425 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV. VIP Deck. Design: Manfred Deix (born in 1949). 24, complete. Offset, 100x63 mm, rc, 4 German I. Backs: Ad of the magazine NEWS, grey background. Maker's name on 10S, logo on 10H. 1995.
Costly caricatures with rhymes of Austrian VIP's (plus the pope) on courts, aces and 10s: Schwarzenegger, Wecker, Lauda...
Ill. OCase, 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.




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.




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




200744 AAA Group Co. Ltd., Ning Bo. Bicycles. 52 + JJ (all different) + EC, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Young woman presents a bicycle. c2005.
Reproductions of posters advertising bicyles, most of them around 1900.
OBox, mint.




ARGENTINA - NON STANDARD TAROT CARDS - Editorial Kier, S.A., Buenos Aires.



330006 Editorial Kier, S.A., Buenos Aires. Tarots Egipcios. 78 + EC, complete. Offset, 130x67 mm, rc. Backs: Horizontal and vertical lines, brown on white background. Maker's name (Kier) on all cards. 1971.
Lit.: Comp. Kaplan III 585; not in Argentinian PC (JPCS XXIX 5 & XXX 3).
There are no suit-signs, all the cards are illustrated with scenes from the Egypt of the pharaohs. They are numbered and the first 22 (Fool = 22) correspond to the tarot.
Booklet of instructions (64 pp.), mint.




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




380063 VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, Altenburg. Leipzig Trade Fair. Design: Arthur Lewin (1860-1923). 32, complete. Chromolith., 106x66 mm, rc, gilt edge, Backs: Repeated logo of the Leipzig Fair, brown and blue. 1980.
Lit.: Braun/DDR AS 1980/3; comp. Braun 6, Cary coll. 429, Fournier 208...
Costly reedition of the 1897 deck as an advertising gift of the Leipzig Trade Fair.
In a large booklike case, mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - - Waddingtons Playing Card Co. Ltd., Leeds & London.

410307 Waddingtons Playing Card Co. Ltd., Leeds & London. Unique Style Playing Cards. Design: Félix Simon (born in 1824, died after 1880). 52 + J, complete. Color lith., 82x50 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: Plain pink. c1946. Lit.: Berry 2005 p. 30 and W60 (color pl. 11); comp. Mann coll. 148. Except for the maker's name on the jack of spades, the ace of spades, the joker and the index marks, this is a copy of Grimaud's deck. The packaging carries the text quoted by John Berry: ?These Playing Cards were originally manufactured for overseas. In view of the present shortage in this Country they have now been released for Home consumption. Despite the somewhat different appearance of the Faces, etc., the Playing Cards are suitable for all the usual English Card Games - Bridge, Solo, Whist, Patience, etc.? OCase cut open and damaged, small damage at a back, almost mint.




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




200758 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Airfight in WWII A. "Ace" No. 615. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on blue background. c2005.
Spectacular pictures of aerial battles during WW2.
OCase, mint.




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




200644 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Donuts. Design: Donuts. 52 + JJ (all different) + 1 EC, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Panel with a regular pattern of concentric circles in varying colors. 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 Belgian group of artists replaces the French suit-signs by donuts of various flavours (and colors). The courts show color photos of the artists holding 1, 2 or 3 donuts before their face. Limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




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



330433 Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto. Nippon Beer. 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Hop branches, barley ears and big N, green. Maker's logo on AS. 1962.
Lit.: Braun 200.
The kings show a friendly little man with big moustache drinking beer. The other courts display the international pattern. The suit-signs of diamonds have been replaced by the emblem of the brewery, a red star. The joker represents the god of beer Gambrinus.
OBox, almost mint.




ITALY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Teodomiro Dal Negro, Treviso.



320426 Teodomiro Dal Negro, Treviso. Topolino. Design: Walt Disney (1901-1966). 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 89x62 mm, rc, Backs: Ad of the magazine Topolino, white and red on blue background. Logo and tax stamp of the Italian Republic, value: 500 Lire, dated Dec. 1964, on AH. 1964.
Lit.: Braun 129.
Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge etc. on the courts. The head of a figure appears in each suit-sign of the numerals. These carry besides informations regarding the wide distribution and popularity of Topolino (the Italian Mickey Mouse).
Very faint tape marks at the backs, otherwise mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk.




200669 Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk. Dead Souls. Design: Peter Boklevskiy (1816-1897). 36 + JJ (all different) + title card + EC, complete. Color digital printing, 90x56 mm, rc, Backs: Portray of N. Gogol (after the painting by F.A. Möller) in a flowery frame, black on yellow background. 2006.
The artist P. Boklevskiy has painted the figures of Gogol's novel "The dead souls". Some of them are reproduced on the courts. Special AS.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




   
   

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