SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Heraclio Fournier S.A., Vitoria.




200602 Heraclio Fournier S.A., Vitoria. American Civil War. Design: Teodoro N. Miciano. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, gilt, Backs: The eagle of the USA, yellow on red background. Maker's name and Spanish export tax stamp on 4C (1940-1964: TIMBRE SOBRE NAIPES - ESPAŅA, EXPORTACION below). 1961.
Lit.: Asescoin 300; Braun 667; Fournier 780.
The courts display portrays of generals and statesmen of the Union or of the Confederation, the aces are illustrated with battle scenes and the 4s with weapons.
Mint.




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




200647 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Claude Closky. Design: Claude Closky. 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Ribbed plaid pattern, white on red 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 deck is here reduced to a chart with the ranks on one axis and the suits on the other. The position of each single card is marked by a cross. On the jokers all fields are tagged. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, 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.




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.




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




200778 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Chinese Queen. "Ace" No. 627.2. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on red background. c2005.
Imaginative representations of Chinese empresses on all cards.
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.




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.




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.




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




200614 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 8 of diamonds. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Color laser print, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: Calendar for 2006. 2005.
All cards are illustrated with color drawings. Courts and aces display figures in lavish costumes (the young women on aces and queens are here topless), while the numerals reproduce scenes of a rather permissive comic.
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.




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.




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



200754 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Sailing I. "Ace" No. 611. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on red background. c2005.
Reproductions of works by contemporary marine painters (Roy Cross, Derek Gardner, John M. Groves...) in the style of the 19th century.
OCase, 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.




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.




NEW ZEALAND - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown.




200608 Maker unknown. Aotea Playing Cards. 52 + JJ, complete. Photogravure, 89x58 mm, rc, Backs: 2 Maori women standing next to the statue of a divinity (color offset). c1940.
Lit.: Cary coll. 1.
All cards reproduce B/W photos of sights.
OBox, mint.




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




200626 Lo Scarabeo, Torino (printed by Carta Mundi, Turnhout). The Tarots of the Origins. Les Tarots des Origines. Design: Sergio Toppi. 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: Stone Age man, in brown. 2000.
Lit.: Eroticism V 9.72.
Strong drawings on the origins of mankind, well fitting to the commemoration of the Neanderthal people in 2006. The suits have been replaced by colors and themes: blue = soul (cups), yellow = jewels (coins), green = nature (batons) and red = blood (swords).
OCase, instructions (German), mint.




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




200666 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. Ace of clubs: Strips Cards. Design: Olesya Hodakova. 36 + JJ, complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: Back view of a lying naked woman in an ornated frame, in B/W. 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.105.
All cards of this well-turned inventive deck show pictures of slim topless women created by combining surfaces, horizontal and vertical parallel lines.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




   
   

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