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.




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.




FRANCE - NON STANDARD CARDS - Editions Face&Dos, Paris.




380282 Editions Face&Dos, Paris. Erost. Design: Eric Provoost (born in 1947). 52 + JJ (all different) + 2 EC, complete. Offset, 118x84 mm, square corners, Backs: Close trellis. 2005.
The author of the Minotarot presents here an erotic deck with striking pictures. The courts are named after the French National pattern, but just some ornamental devices in color remember of the model. The numerals are designed in grey tones, they are often transformed and play with abnormal metamorphoses. Numbered edition of 1500 decks.
OCase, mint.




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



350426 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons, Vienna XIV. Politicians Deck. Design: Manfred Deix (born in 1949). 24 + EC, complete. Offset, 100x63 mm, rc, 4 German I. Backs: Ad of the magazine NEWS, grey background. Maker's name & logo on 10H. 1995.
Caricatures with rhymes of Austrian politicians on courts and aces.
Ill. OCase, mint.




CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Fcy Co.




200776 Fcy Co. Kittens. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x62 mm, rc, Backs: 2 kittens and blooming branches in an oval, ornated border. c2005.
On all cards are kittens playing in a garden full of flowers.
Min. damaged OBox, 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 - SAXONY PATTERN - Maker unknown.



310057 Maker unknown. Sultan. 36, complete. Color lith., 35x26 mm, rc, 4 I on the pips. Backs: Ad of the cigarettes SULTAN No. 6 for 3 1/3 Pfennig each in blue. c1935.
Miniature deck.
Almost 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).




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.




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 - 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.




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




200638 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 9 of clubs: Palech. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Color laser print, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: Man and woman in Russian costumes on black background. 2006.
Lit.: Comp. Braun/Knüpfer 2003 SP 1937/1.
Permissive version of the Black Palech from 1937.
OCase, mint.




ITALY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Amici della Fotografia, Veglie.




380339 Amici della Fotografia, Veglie. Carte da Gioco Artistiche. Design: Luca Bruno. 40 + EC, complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Accumulation of snail shells, in shades of grey. 2005.
The courts remind a bit of Neapolitan puppets. The deck was published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the cultural circle "Amici della Fotografia" (Friends of Photography) in Veglie (near Bari), which also installed the Murari exhibition.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




LITHUANIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Orija, Vilnius.




200676 Orija, Vilnius. Actors Sovieticos 1. Actors of the Soviet cinema 1920-1990. Nr. 29. 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 red background. 2005.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 6.49.
All cards show color or B/W pictures of actors and actresses.
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.




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.




GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, Altenburg.




380069 VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, Altenburg. La Belle Alliance - The nice alliance - Souvenir of the big Battle of the Nations near Leipzig on October 16, 17, 18 & 19, 1813. 36 + 4 EC, complete. Offset, 102x63 mm, square corners, Backs: Trellis with flowers, red. 1988.
Lit.: Braun/DDR AS 1988/7.
Reprint of a deck by the Leipzig manufacturer Carl Heinrich Zoelcke (c1820).
OCase, folder of explanations, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - RusJoker, Saint Petersburg.




200686 RusJoker, Saint Petersburg. MART Treiding (Trading). 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 89x57 mm, rc, Backs: Ornated trellis in bluish tints with commissioner's name and logo. 2005.
Each suit advertises a Moscow commercial enterprise. C = Ostankino (TV center), D = Tscherkisovski (meat combine), S = Mikojan and H = KampoMos.
Slightly damaged OCase, 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.




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




005241 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) Coronation. May 12, 1937. 2 x 52 + J + EC, complete. Color lith. (Ace of Spades = relief halftone, backs = photolith.), 90x62 mm, round corners, gilt edge, 2 English index marks. The King leaves Westminster abbey after his coronation, red or blue frame. 1937.

Fournier I p. 233; Thorpe [2001] p. 65; Berry [Taxation] W3.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master J. Elliot Mark. The dark-red leather box displays the company's arms in gilt.

Orig. red leather box, gilt-tooled (PRESENTATION BOX), and cardboard case, the blue deck unopened, the tax wrapper of the red deck somewhat damaged, mint.




   
   

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