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




800036 Carta Mundi, Turnhout, for Editions Face&Dos, Paris. Modern Pin-Up. Design: Virginie Notte. 52 + JJ (all different) + EC, complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Young woman with suspenders sits on dice, in the background flames, in grey and pink (drawing by Laura Satana). 2004.
Lit.: Eroticism VI 11.691.
Young modern women recreate the pin-up style of the fifties. Color photos full of atmosphere on all cards. Edition of 2000 decks.
OCase, mint.




SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown.




350516 Maker unknown. Oriental Pin-Ups. 52 + JJJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: Back view of a scantily dressed kneeling Oriental woman, in brown. 2004.
All cards are illustrated with hyperrealistic color airbrush paintings of young inviting Oriental women. Trendy backgrounds in pastel colors: light-blue (C), peach (D), mauve (S) and pink (H). Numbered edition of 500 decks, not in the trade.
Mint.




PORTUGAL - NON STANDARD CARDS - Naipes H. Fournier, Vitoria, for Apenas Livros, Lda., Lisboa.



340387 Naipes H. Fournier, Vitoria, for Apenas Livros, Lda., Lisboa. Fernando Pessoa & Co. Design: Pedro Baptista. SF. 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: Ink stains on light-grey background. 2001.
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) is nowadays considered as one of the greatest Portuguese lyricists. Remarkable is the extreme splitting of his personality, which he transposed into literature by creating "heteronyms" (persons with an own biography and style) who wrote as well in English as in Portuguese: Charles Robert Anon and Alexander Search on one side, Alberto Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis and Bernardo Soares on the other. The cards show typed extracts of his poetry against the background of photograms (pictures produced by direct impact of light and shadow on the photo paper, i.e. not over a film and a lens). It is available in an English, a Spanish and a Portuguese version.
OCase, folder of description, mint.




LITHUANIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Orija, Vilnius.




200677 Orija, Vilnius. Actors Sovieticos 2. Actors of the Soviet cinema 1920-1990. Nr. 30. Design: Albinas Borisevicius. 52 + JJJJ (all different) + title card + EC, complete. Color digital printing, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: Scene still in a frame of film material on grey background. 2005.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 6.50.
All cards show color or B/W pictures of actors and actresses.
Mint.




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.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Color Printing Combine, Saint Petersburg.




380411 Color Printing Combine, Saint Petersburg. Diana. Design: B. Adshijev, E. Schiljajev. 52 + JJ (all different) + 2 EC, complete. Offset, 90x58 mm, rc, Backs: Ornamental design, brown and yellow. 1999.
Lit.: Braun/Knüpfer SP 1999/1; Eroticism IV 10.57; Lutkovskiy 4.30.
The courts show barbarian kings, sculptural beauties and athlets. The aces are ornated and the numerals decorated with half-naked women winding around tendrils.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




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




200658 Printissa (RusJoker), Saint Petersburg. Versal (Versailles). 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 89x57 mm, rc, Backs: Ornamental design, blue and yellow on red background. Maker's name on AS. 2005.
Courts in lavish costumes, whose luxury is intended to remind of Versailles. Adorned aces.
Min. damaged OCase, 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.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Color Printing Combine, Saint Petersburg.




200036 Color Printing Combine, Saint Petersburg. Komandirskije (Commanders). Design: E. Schiljajew. 52 + JJ (all different) + 2 EC, complete. Offset, 90x58 mm, rc, Backs: Red star on green background. 1997.
Lit.: Braun/Knüpfer SP 1997/3.
The courts show highly decorated soldiers of different arms, the numerals are illustrated with color photos of military equipment.
Slightly damaged OCase, 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.




GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Sieghard Dittner, Malchow.




280025 Sieghard Dittner, Malchow. Tarot of the Earth. Design: Sieghard Dittner. DE. 78 + 1 EC, complete. Offset, 130x75 mm, square corners, 1 German & 1 Engl. I. Backs: Overall regular pattern of stylized roses, green. 1995.
Sieghard Dittner's strong drawings, alternating between sparkling joie de vivre & sombre relentlessness, revive the pictures of the tarot, whose series optimistically end with Trump XXI = The Earth, seen as the Garden of Eden. The structure of the deck follows the Marseilles Tarot. The deck is an exclusive creation for CARTORAMA & was printed in a limited & signed edition of 500.
OCase, mint.




FRANCE - NON STANDARD CARDS - Le Triboulet, Paris.



340227 Le Triboulet, Paris. Scaramouche. Design: Henri Favre. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 88x58 mm, rc, gilt, Backs: Stylized leaves, grey, white and red. 1959.
Lit.: Braun 262; Fournier 420.
The figures are built with geometric elements in many shades. The J belong to the repertoire of the Commedia dell'Arte (Harlequin, Scaramouche...), K and Q wear costumes from the time of Louis XIII. The deck is said to have been printed by Mesmaekers, Turnhout, but the copyright on the box mentions "by TRIBOULET and FAVRE - 1959".
OCase, almost mint.




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




200752 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Parrot World I. "Ace" No. 609. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on red background. c2005.
Parrots of every shade. The pictures remind of an ornithologic book from the 19th century. Latin and English captions.
OCase, mint.




GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Richard Cull, Munich.



280095 Richard Cull, Munich. Design: Richard Cull. SF. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 92x62 mm, square corners, 2 English I. Backs: Distorted plaid in black & white. 1996.
Lit.: Comp. Segeth [1986] p. 46, no. 2; comp. Eroticism I 3.16.
Erotic humorous drawings in b/w. New edition of 20, signed by the artist on the case, this time with a back pattern. A CARTORAMA EXCLUSIVITY.
OCase, almost mint.




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




008750 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) The Rt. Hon. Sir Winston Churchill. 52 + JJ + blank card, complete. Color line block (Ace of Spades = relief halftone, backs = photolith.), 89x58 mm, round corners, 2 English index marks. Portray of the Prime Minister, in the background the Houses of Parliament, red border. 1955.

Fournier I p. 233; Thorpe [2001] p. 77.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master James Dupree.

With the original slightly damaged tax wrapper and the De La Rue poster stamp, mint.




   
   

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