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RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Entertaining Gazette, Novosibirsk.




380453 Entertaining Gazette, Novosibirsk. Caricatures and differences. Design: After an idea of Alexander Lutkovskiy. 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 90x59 mm, rc, Backs: Double-headed eagle, playing-cards and name of the magazine. 2004.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.8; Eroticism VI 4.80.
The 38 caricatures of the deck have been published in various issues of the weekly magazine in 1998-1999 and come "from all parts of the former USSR". In order to make a deck they have been cut off and supplied with a back. Each half of the cards shows 7 differences to its counterpart.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




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




200628 Lo Scarabeo, Torino. Giotto Tarot. Tarot de Giotto. Design: Guido Zibordi Marchesi. 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: The 3 of cups, repeated 4 times, as a medieval codex cover, in mauve tints. 2001.
The great innovator in painting has been adapted here in a successful manner to tarot symbolism.
OCase, instructions (German), 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.




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




008933 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) Malta. 52 + J, complete. Color lith. (Ace of Spades = relief halftone), 89x58 mm, round corners, gilt edge, 2 English index marks. View of the island, its outlines with fortifications and at the top, the George Cross, enhanced with silver, red border. 1942.

Fournier II p. 72; Thorpe 2001 pp. 68-69.

The island was awarded the George Cross in 1942 for its courage during the blockade in the war. Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master L.W.S. Cutler. Limited edition of 1,000 decks.

Almost 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.




GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - VASS, Leinfelden, for Merlin Publishers, Hamburg.



330130 VASS, Leinfelden, for Merlin Publishers, Hamburg. Gorleben should live! Design: Arno Waldschmidt. 32 + EC, complete. Offset, 91x59 mm, rc, Backs: Beaming sun, red and black. 1979.
Lit.: Braun 2068; Fournier 476; Hedinger 29.
Deck of the opponents to atom energy on the occasion of the argument about the setting-up of an permanent nuclear waste disposal site in Gorleben.
OCase, mint.




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




200763 AAA Group Co. Ltd., Ning Bo. World of Warcraft. 52 + JJ (different coloring) + EC, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Standing woman with feather dress and magical wand, in blue tints. c2005.
Disquieting figures from fantasy role plays on all cards.
OCase, mint.




NETHERLANDS - NON STANDARD CARDS - Carta Mundi, Turnhout (?), for Oog & Blik / De Harmonie, Amsterdam.




380376 Carta Mundi, Turnhout (?), for Oog & Blik / De Harmonie, Amsterdam. Krolse Katten Kaarten (Hot Cats Cards). Design: Joost Swarte. 52 + JJJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x56 mm, rc, Backs: Panel with a décor of tiles showing cats, red and yellow. 1995.
Lit.: Eroticism III 3.48.
Aces, courts and jokers display anthropomorphized cats exercising diverse variations of intercourse.
OCase, mint.




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




380417 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 7 of Hearts. Design: Alexandr. 32 + JJ (all different), complete. Color digital printing, 61x43 mm, rc, Backs: Without imprint, white. 2003.
Lit.: Eroticism VI 7.48; Lutkovskiy 4.5.
Reproductions of so-called prison cards. The courts display pencil drawings in black and red of gangsters and their molls.
OCase, mint.




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




200777 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Chinese Queen. "Ace" No. 627.1. 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.




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).




   
   

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