FRANCE - - Dominique Bergeron.

410302 Dominique Bergeron. Tarot Divinatoire. Design: Dominique Bergeron (Bleunven). 22 + 22 text cards, complete. Hand-col. lith. in dark-brown, 137x69 mm, square corners. Backs: 4 dogs around a cross. c1975. Lit.: Kaplan III 177. The 22 trumps wish to renew our Celtic heritage, they are drawn in the style of the Irish paintings of the high Middle Ages. Min. damaged OBox, folded sheet of instructions, mint.




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




200648 Mudam Playing Cards, Luxembourg (printed by France Cartes). Be The Artists' Guest: Michel Mallard Studio. Design: Michel Mallard. 52 + JJ (all different) + EC, complete. Offset, 84x55 mm, rc, Backs: Childish handwriting, 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. Courts, jokers and suit-signs have been designed by the 3 daughters of the artist (5, 5 and 3 1/2 years). Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies.
OCase, mint.




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




200666 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. Ace of clubs: Strips Cards. Design: Olesya Hodakova. 36 + JJ, complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: Back view of a lying naked woman in an ornated frame, in B/W. 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.105.
All cards of this well-turned inventive deck show pictures of slim topless women created by combining surfaces, horizontal and vertical parallel lines.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Marine Stewardship Council, London (printed by Games & Print Services Ltd., Canvey Island, Essex).




200651 Marine Stewardship Council, London (printed by Games & Print Services Ltd., Canvey Island, Essex). Under The Sea transformation playing cards. 52 + JJ (all different) + EC, compl. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: The sea in various shades of blue and logo of the MSC. 2005.
The MSC is dedicated to saving the world's fish stocks. Each of the 54 cards of this transformed pack was created by a different British artist, among them Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Quentin Blake, Maggi Hambling...
OCase, ill. folder with short biographies of the artists, mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - - The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddingtons Playing Cards).




008661 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddingtons Playing Cards). Investiture of H.R.H. Prince Charles as Prince of Wales - 1st July 1969. 2 x 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 89x58 mm, round corners, gilt edge, 2 English index marks. Color photo of the scene of investiture at Caernavon Castle between arms and stylised foliage, reddish brown or dark-blue. 1969.

Thorpe [2001] p. 82.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master A.L. Morrish.

Somewhat damaged original cardboard case and plastic box, mint (the blue deck still sealed).




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.




GERMANY - SAXONY PATTERN - Maker unknown.



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.




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.




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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.




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




340360 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV. Black Back. Design: Albert Ecker (born in 1958). 2 x 52 + JJJ + blank card, complete. Offset, 95x65 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: Panel with oblique parallel lines, black. 1983.
The deck was conceived to be printed in B/W. Dreamy views of cities on the courts, strange symbols on the aces. Limited edition of 999 double decks.
OBox, German-English booklet (Ernst R. Ragg, 12 pp.), mint.




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




380410 Color Printing Combine, Saint Petersburg. Gosposha Udatscha. Dame Fortune. Design: B. Adshijev, E. Schiljajev. 52 + JJJ (all different) + EC, complete. Offset, 90x58 mm, rc, Backs: Tsarist gold roubles, upholstery in the background. 1998.
Lit.: Braun/Knüpfer SP 1998/3; Eroticism V 1.100; Lutkovskiy 4.31.
Each half of the courts shows the good or the bad sides of mankind, e.g. KD: businessman with contract and banknotes / prisoner with judgement and case files, or QD: waitress / bar hostess... Adorned aces.
Slightly damaged OCase, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown.




1436 Maker unknown. Pin-up Collection No. 3. Earl Moran. Design: Earl Moran (1893 - 1984). 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: B/W drawing of a young woman in bikini against the background of repeated "PIN-UP". 2004.
Lit.: Eroticism VI 10.73.
All cards show reproductions of gouaches from the 40ies and the 50ies by one of the great masters of pin-ups. Numbered edition.
OCase, mint.




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




200751 The World Paper Products & Toys Mfy. Ltd., Hong Kong. Extinct Animals. "Ace" No. 606. Design: Dio Art. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: White trellis on black background. c2005.
Extinct animals, mainly birds like the dodo from Mauritius or the New Zealand moa. Skilled realistic drawings.
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.




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



330514 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV. Playgirls. No. 1004. 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Baroque sculpture of a naked woman, brown. c1978.
Lit.: Braun 1304; Eroticism I 11.9.
52 color pictures of pretty Alpine girls in titillating poses. Out-of-the-way accessories: gardening tools, tyre...
Somewhat damaged OCase, almost 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 - Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk.




200682 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. Unter of acorns: Four Colours of Skin. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: B/W photos of 4 naked bodies. 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.128.
Courts, aces and jokers are from the hand of E. Stupakova. The 4 colors of skin mean an European blonde of the 18th century, a North American Indian woman, an African black girl and a geisha. The pips are illustrated with color photos of women of different origins, mainly with their legs apart.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




USA - NON STANDARD CARDS - No Name Exhibitions and Red Eye for The Playing Card Project, Minneapolis, MN.




350569 No Name Exhibitions and Red Eye for The Playing Card Project, Minneapolis, MN. The Deal. 52 + JJ (all different) + 2 EC, complete. Offset, 89x63 mm, rc. Backs: Pictograms and text on grained wood. 2003.
Contemporary Minnesota artists have supplied the designs of the deck, that gives a good overview of the recent artistic tendencies in the USA. Yet, by focussing on the topic playing card, the deck gives in no way that impression of disparity one would expect from the multitude of its designers.
Plastic box, illustrated folder, mint.




JAPAN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Heinon Playing Card Co., Tokyo.



330430 Heinon Playing Card Co., Tokyo. British Uniforms. No. PA 802. Design: Isshu Imanishi. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 89x63 mm, rc, Backs: "The Playing Card for Men" & Heibon's trademark on dark-red background. 1967.
Lit.: Braun 81.
Drawings of British soldiers from the 17th to the 20th century on all cards.
OBox, minimal folding mark in a corner of 7S, otherwise mint.




SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Alberto Pérez, Madrid.




900036 Alberto Pérez, Madrid. Baraja Real Fábrica de Lisboa. 32 + EC, complete. Offset, 95x62 mm, square corners, Backs: Overall regular pattern of small heraldic lilies, gilt on white background. 2005.
Reprint on the basis of an uncolored copper-engraved sheet, skilfully illuminated by the publisher. The deck belongs to the type "Four Continents": H = Africa, D = America, C = Asia and S = Europe. Numbered edition of 50 copies.
Mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - - The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddington?s Playing Cards).




008937 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddington?s Playing Cards). American Independence Bicentenary. 2 x 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 88x58 mm, round corners, 2 English index marks. In an oval enhanced with gilt, a continental and a British infantryman, between them the Liberty Tree and above them their respective flags, red or blue border. 1975.

Thorpe [2001] pp. 86-87.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master W. E. Tucker. Limited edition of 1,250 packs.

Slightly damaged original plastic box of the WCMPC with the arms of the Company in gilt on the lid, leaflet, mint (the blue deck still sealed).




   
   

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