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



280529 Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Budapest, for Civertan Graphic Studio, Budapest. Vendég voltam Budapesten. I visited Budapest. Design: Civertan Graphic Studio. SF. 2 x 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 88x57 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: Historical views of the city in greenish or bluish shades. 2001.
All cards are illustrated with brown-tinted views of hotels, coffee houses and amusement places in Budapest, mostly after old photographs. 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.




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.




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.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Association New Generation, Novosibirsk.




380440 Association New Generation, Novosibirsk. Playing Cards for the Youth. Contex. 36, complete. Offset, 70x50 mm, rc, Backs: Repeated name of the publisher New Generation, yellow on green background. 2004.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.50; comp. Eroticism V 4.52, Braun/Knüpfer NK 2002/2.
12 different artists (Sanja Michailova, Iren Ljakova, Evgen Ksenophont...) have supplied cartoons for this deck. The issue is Safer Sex and Contex is a condoms trademark. All cards are illustrated.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




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




200632 Lo Scarabeo, Torino. Golden Tarot of Klimt. Tarot Doré de Klimt. Design: Atanas A. Atanassov. 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: Picture of a woman and decorative elements in the style of the Viennese Secession. 2005.
The artist has ravishingly succeeded in capturing the opulent world of the Viennese Prince of Painters. The "Golden" in the name of the deck does not promise too little: all cards and the box are adorned with embossed golden designs which generate a truly brilliant effect.
OCase, multilingual booklet (64 pp., English, Italian, Spanish, French, German), mint.




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




200759 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Sky Spirit. "Ace" No. 616. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on green background. c2005.
Impressive representations of European birds in their natural environment.
OCase, mint.




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




200762 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Native. "Ace" No. 622. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on green background. c2005.
Young women and men in the style of North American Indians.
OCase, 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.




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




200753 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Chinese Taoism II. "Ace" No. 610. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on blue background. c2005.
Holy persons and gods of the taoism on all cards.
OCase, mint.




   
   

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