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JAPAN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto.



330474 Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto. Back to Country. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 107x62 mm, rc, Backs: The door of the Country Club, brown. c1979.
Lit.: Braun 1249.
Advertising deck of the Japanese fashion monger Van Jacket Inc. All cards have white suit-signs on red (H, D) or black background (S, C). The courts display prominent persons seen through a keyhole: John F. Kennedy, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Lincoln, Mao, Marilyn Monroe, Sofia Loren, Alain Delon, Frankenstein (jokers) etc.
Min. damaged OBox, almost mint.




GERMANY - FRENCH NATIONAL PATTERN - B. Dondorf GmbH, Frankfurt/M.



340059 B. Dondorf GmbH, Frankfurt/M. Playing Card for Children. No. 1320. 52, complete. Chromolith., 35x23 mm, square corners, Backs: Plain light-blue. c1910.
Lit.: Braun/Dondorf 1913/3; Braun 1515; Cary coll. 25.
Miniature cards.
OSlipcase, mint.




USA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Stanley F. Hanzel Card. Co., 2721 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL.




380543 Stanley F. Hanzel Card. Co., 2721 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL. Golden Diamond Playing Cards. 52 + J + EC, complete. Color lith., 89x60 mm, rc, Backs: Ornamental panel in brown and black, in the center a diamond, blue frameline. Maker's name on AS. 1923.
Lit.: Dawson NR6 (p. 286).
Variant of the international pattern with new suit-signs: C are green clover leaves, D are orange, S blue and H red.
Min. damaged OCase, ill. order blank, mint.




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.




AUSTRALIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown, Hong Kong, for Jerningham Press, North Adelaide.



320001 Maker unknown, Hong Kong, for Jerningham Press, North Adelaide. Pickering's Political Pack. Design: Pickering. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Caricature of a politician as the death with scythe and pipe, white on blue background. 1977.
Lit.: Braun 1789; García Martín 10.24.
Courts, aces and jokers (Q and J are the same in all suits, A and K display 2 different figures) caricature Australian politicians.
Min. damaged OCase, 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.




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.




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




200641 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Paul Kirps. Design: Paul Kirps. 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Bended lines in light-blue, purple and orange. 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 courts are the same in all suits: they stylize the figures to a Gothic letter adorned with floral ornaments. The jokers show an elaborate heraldic lily. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




BELGIUM - PACKAGINGS - Etablissements Brepols S.A., Turnhout.


200707 Etablissements Brepols S.A., Turnhout. Wrapper with ill. banderole for a deck. View of the Eiffel tower. Line block in blue, 153x179 mm. Backs: Without imprint. c1925.

Faint folding marks, small notice handwritten in ink on the side, otherwise very good conservation.




SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Naipes Comas (N.E.G.S.A.), Barcelona.




340455 Naipes Comas (N.E.G.S.A.), Barcelona. Baraja Peplum. Design: Alfonso Ortuño Salar (born in 1942); Enrique García, Alberto Pérez. 32 + J + 4 text cards + 2 title cards, complete. Offset, 95x62 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: PEPLVM on marble background, blue. 2004.
Striking actors and actresses of the "peplum" film genre in more or less caricatured drawings from Theda Bara and Claudette Colbert (both as Cleopatra) over Peter Ustinov, Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor to Monica Bellucci, Russel Crowe and Brad Pitt. Numbered edition of 500 decks. Not in the trade.
OCase, mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - HAPPY FAMILIES - John Jaques & Son, Hatton Garden, London.



320365 John Jaques & Son, Hatton Garden, London. The Sovereigns of England. 37 + 2 EC, complete. Color line block, 93x64 mm, rc. Backs: Plain pink. c1890.
Lit.: Fournier 333.
36 cards with sovereigns from William I (1066) to Victoria and 1 card depicting the Royal Arms called "The Game Card".
Folding marks at several cards, rules joined in photocopy, worn.




GREAT BRITAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Sallies Specialties.




380308 Sallies Specialties. Gas Shortages. Design: Sallie Chinkes. 52 + JJ + title card, complete. Screenprint, 99x57 mm, square corners, Backs: Plain grey. 1979.
Lit.: Braun 2261.
Edition of 100, signed by hand on the title card. The courts show persons more or less depending on the petroleum industry.
Mint.




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




200643 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Ott + Stein. Design: Ott + Stein. 52 + JJJ (2 different ones), complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Name of the museum, light-brown 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. Typographical deck. The ranks are marked by colored letters or cyphers. They are inside a rectangle of always the same size, which is held in various colors, just like the background made of 4 tiles common to all cards. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown.




200610 Maker unknown. Assorti. 52 + 1 additional AS + 10 jokers (all different) + 4 EC, complete. Offset, 89x60 mm, rc, Backs: Geometric design, B/W. 2004.
Lit.: Eroticism VI 1.136.
The designs for the present deck were found on the Russian internet. Each card has been conceived by a different author. Interesting and appealing works by contemporary Russian artists. Limited edition, numbered by hand.
OCase, mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - - Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London.

410304 Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., London. Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Victoria Empress of India 1886 - 1887. 52, compl. Color line block, 90x62 mm, rc, gilt edge, 2 Engl. I. Backs: Crowned arms surrounded by roses, thistles and clovers, in the corners the symbols of Canada (beaver), South Africa (ostrich), Australia (kangaroo) and New Zealand (kiwi). 1886. Lit.: Lodge D6. Impressive backs, issued to commemorate Victoria's 50th anniversary as queen of the United Kingdom and her 20th jubilee as an empress of India. Damaged OBox, almost mint - slightly worn.




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.




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.




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




200681 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 10 of acorns: Americans in Russian Bath-house. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different) + EC, complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: Long-haired woman lashes a lying man with foliage (color picture). 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.127.
E. Stupakova has created courts, aces and jokers. The numerals are illustrated with color photos of an assiduous bathing belle.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Helium, Saratov.




200665 Helium, Saratov. Cards for little girls. 36, complete. Offset, 74x49 mm, rc, Backs: Sitting girl with teddy and picture book, in bluish tints. 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 7.11.
The little girls grow up following the value of the cards from the 6s to the aces and their occupations change accordingly. The boys as jacks and kings are in the suiting age. Nice drawings in pop pastel colors.
OCase, 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 - Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk.




200668 Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk. Russian Emperors. Design: Alexei Orleansky. 36 + JJJ (all different) + title card, complete. Color digital printing, 90x56 mm, rc, Backs: Crowned Russian double-headed eagle, adorned background, blue. 2006.
Fine portrays of tsars, tsarinas and tsarevitchs on the courts. The aces are illustrated and the jokers show jesters, e.g. the nobleman Ivan Balakirev, jester at the court of Peter the Great.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




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




200659 Printissa (RusJoker), Saint Petersburg. Kashmir. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 89x57 mm, rc, Backs: Stylized Oriental rug design, reddish brown and olive-green on dark-green background. Maker's name on AS. 2005.
Courts in historical costumes. Aces and numerals are adorned with suitable illustrations.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




   
   

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