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

340359 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV. Casablanca. Design: Manfred Deix (born in 1949). 32 + blank card, complete. Offset, 98x65 mm, rc, 2 German I. Backs: Ad of the cigarette brand Casablanca, white on red background. 1983.
The inimitable figures of the caricaturist on the courts, all in Bogart pose with homburg, trenchcoat and cigarette between the lips. Illustrated aces.
OCase, mint.

RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk.

200670 Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk. Russian Beer. Design: Alexei Orleansky. 36 + JJJ (all different) + title card, complete. Color digital printing, 90x56 mm, rc, Backs: Old beer ad: lobster serves up beer. 2006.
The courts display the Russian pattern, yet the kings hold a stein, the queens a glass and the jacks a bottle of beer in the hand. The aces are illustrated with old beer trademarks and the jokers reproduce caricatures of beer drinkers.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.

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

200645 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Oliver Peters. Design: Oliver Peters. 52 + JJJ (2 different ones), complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Name of the museum surrounded by flowers, 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. Strongly stylized typographical designs. Courts and jokers are represented by their English names, written with the special font devised by the artist for the museum. It belongs to the category of the creative or fun fonts and reminds of tribal tattoos. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.

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

200731 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. King of acorns: Love! Not War! Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJJJ (all different), complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: 2 military persons, a German and a Russian, in boots and topless. 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.131.
Aces and courts reflect upon the conflict between Germany (black suits) and the Soviet Union (red suits) during WW2. The aces show war decorations of both countries. The halves of the courts display the enemies, first taking each other prisoner and finally fraternizing. The numerals reproduce artistic photos of naked persons and of naturist exercises in the open air.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.


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.

SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Asescoin, Madrid.

380485 Asescoin, Madrid. Baraja Claveria. Design: Josep Claveria i Bitrian. 60 + JJJ (all different) + 7 EC + title card, complete. Offset, 95x60 mm, rc, Backs: Ad of the Spanish playing-cards collectors association, grey. 2001.
The deck celebrates the begin of the 21st century. It combines the Spanish and the French suit-signs in such a way that it is possible to play either with the ones or with the others. To this end there are 3 additional cards in each suit, a queen, a jack and a 10. The numerals display Spanish sights, the courts portray historical persons after famous paintings. Numbered edition of 325. Our copies are signed by the artist himself on the title card.
Plastic box, 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.


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.

TAIWAN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Beautone Specialties Co., Ltd.

200769 Beautone Specialties Co., Ltd. Swimming Suit. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Bathing belle against the background of a tropical coast. Makers name on AS. c2000.
All cards are illustrated. They show young women enjoying sea and sun.
Min. 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.

GREAT BRITAIN - - The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Special Design Products, Leeds).

008212 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Special Design Products, Leeds). Tri-Centenary BEVIS MARKS SYNAGOGUE. 2 x 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 89x58 mm, round corners, gilt edge, 4 Englsih index marks. Panel on the wall of the synagogue, caption on blue, or red background. 2001.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master Yasha Beresiner. Edition of 400 double decks.

Original leatherette box, red, with the arms of the Company in gilt on the lid, leaflet, the red deck still sealed, the blue one almost mint.


380475 AG Müller & Cie, Neuhausen. Vitrail-Bridge (Bridge "leaded windows"). Design: Gertrud Kümpel-Amsler. 52 + JJJ (all different) + 4 EC, complete. Offset, 116x55 mm, square corners, Backs: Leaded window in greyish blue shades. 1991.
The deck was designed after the decorative leaded window created by G. Kümpel-Amsler next to the main entrance of AG Müller. Offprint of 150 copies, numbered and signed by hand by the artist.
OBox, mint.

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

008936 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) Transantarctic Expedition 1958. 52 + JJ, complete. Color line block (Ace of Spades = relief halftone, backs = photolithography), 89x58 mm, round corners, 2 English index marks. Edmund Hillary and Vivian Fuchs join hands, in the background sledge dogs and a Sno-Cat, dark-blue border. 1958.

Fournier I p. 233; Thorpe [2001] pp. 76-77.

The deck commemorates the first overland crossing of the Antarctic continent over the South Pole. The British explorer Vivian Fuchs was the leader of the expedition and the New Zealander Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of the Everest, prepared the way. Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master W. E. Luke. Limited edition of 2,100 decks.

Slightly damaged original cardboard box of the WCMPC for a double deck, original tax wrapper and De La Rue poster stamp, control ticket, 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.