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AUSTRIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Ferd. Piatnik & Sons for Edition Hilger, Vienna.




340371 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons for Edition Hilger, Vienna. Attersee. Design: Christian Ludwig Attersee (born in 1940). 2 x 52 + JJJ (2 different ones), complete. Offset, 89x58 mm, rc, 4 German I. Backs: Fish and bottle, yellow or blue background. Maker's name (Hilger) on AD, maker's name and logo (Piatnik) on AS. 1993.
Lit.: Altfahrt in Talon 12 (2003), p. 33.
Strange animals, which we interpret as a mouse in H, a goat in D, a parrot in S and a salmon in C. As kings they wear a crown, as queens they have breasts. On the jokers a kind of starfish glides over a glass.
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.




FRANCE - NON STANDARD CARDS - Carta Mundi, Turnhout, for Editions Face&Dos, Paris.




700036 Carta Mundi, Turnhout, for Editions Face&Dos, Paris. Jeu Empire. Bicentenaire du Ier Empire 1804 - 2004 (200th anniversary of the 1st Empire 1804 - 2004). Design: Eugčne Leliepvre. 2 x 52 + JJ (all different) + EC, complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, gilt edge, Backs: Napoleonic eagle and flaming shells on dark-green or reddish brown background. 2004.
All cards are illustrated with soldiers and celebrities from the Napoleonic time after gouaches by the official French army painter. Numbered edition of 500 double packs with gilt edge.
OBox, leaf of explanations, mint.




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




008939 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) The King and Queen of Thailand at Guildhall. 2 x 52 + JJ, complete. Color line block (Ace of Spades = relief halftone, backs = photolithography), 89x58 mm, round corners, 2 English index marks. King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit in an open car in front of London Guildhall, maroon or dark-blue border. 1960.

Fournier II p. 73; Thorpe [2001] pp. 78-79.

The deck recalls the London visit of the Thai royal couple during their world tour. Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master A.G. Norman.

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




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




200613 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 7 of clubs: Love is... Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Color laser print, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: Calendar for 2006. 2005.
Skillful color drawings in the style of mangas on all cards. K, Q and J show embracing couples while the numerals display cheeky-looking misses with a bottle of coca-cola in their hand.
OCase, mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - - Scolar Press Ltd., 20 Main Street, Menston, Yorkshire.

410308 Scolar Press Ltd., 20 Main Street, Menston, Yorkshire. Seventeenth-Century Playing Cards. 52, complete. Offset, 97x56 mm, square corners, no I. Backs: Without imprint, white. 1971. Lit.: Mann coll. 159; Von Lyon nach Wien p. 28. Reprint of the cards by Jean Vianey (?) from Sylvia Mann?s collection. Slightly damaged OCase, text leaf, almost mint.




CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - AAA Group Co. Ltd., Ning Bo.




200763 AAA Group Co. Ltd., Ning Bo. World of Warcraft. 52 + JJ (different coloring) + EC, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Standing woman with feather dress and magical wand, in blue tints. c2005.
Disquieting figures from fantasy role plays on all cards.
OCase, mint.




USA - NON STANDARD CARDS - 52 Plus Joker (printed in China).




200687 52 Plus Joker (printed in China). Annual Deck 2006. Design: Karla Mattson. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 87x62 mm, rc, Backs: Blobs of paint and name of the association. 2006.
Second deck of the American collectors' association, featuring this time transformed playing-cards. The illustrations are the same in all suits, QH excepted. Printed in an edition of 360 copies.
OCase, mint.




CHINA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Forbidden City Ltd., Beijing.




200765 Forbidden City Ltd., Beijing. Old Calendar. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Potpourri of various photographs of the deck, in color. 2006.
The Chinese calendars were traditionally illustrated with young women. They were intended to spread harmony and happiness. All cards reproduce such pictures. They are different from the deck by AAA.
Min. damaged ill. OCase, mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk.




200669 Alexei Orleansky, Rybinsk. Dead Souls. Design: Peter Boklevskiy (1816-1897). 36 + JJ (all different) + title card + EC, complete. Color digital printing, 90x56 mm, rc, Backs: Portray of N. Gogol (after the painting by F.A. Möller) in a flowery frame, black on yellow background. 2006.
The artist P. Boklevskiy has painted the figures of Gogol's novel "The dead souls". Some of them are reproduced on the courts. Special AS.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




CZECH REPUBLIC - NON STANDARD CARDS - Obchodní Tiskárny Kolin (OTK), N.P., Prague.



320591 Obchodní Tiskárny Kolin (OTK), N.P., Prague. Interhotel / Cedok. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 66x43 mm, rc, Backs: Ad of the state transportation company Cedok and of the Interhotel chain (hotels and restaurants) on red background. 1958.
Lit.: Braun 573.
Publicity deck for tourism. All cards are illustrated, they praise the attractions of the country: beautiful landscapes, slivovitz and beer... AD carries a hint to the participation in the Brussels world fair in 1958.
Faint folding mark at 2 cards, slightly worn.




USA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown.



320670 Maker unknown. Conoco and You. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 89x57 mm, rc, c1980.
Lit.: Braun 2201.
Advertising deck of the energy company Conoco (since 2002: ConocoPhillips; petroleum, gasoline, gas...) On one side the cards show the traditional international pattern, but on the other they display 52 different colored drawings giving advices to the station attendants for a higher efficiency.
OCase, mint.




   
   

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