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

330445 Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto. Takeda. 52 + JJ + EC, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: View of a pharmacy from the 16th century and name of the company, brown. Maker's name on the jokers. 1966.
Lit.: Braun 189.
Advertising deck of the Takeda Chemical Industries, Ltd., a pharmaceuticals producer. Each card shows historical figures and traditional costumes in B/W from all eras and countries. S and C are blue. Edition of 3500.
OBox, mint.

SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Heraclio Fournier S.A., Vitoria.

200602 Heraclio Fournier S.A., Vitoria. American Civil War. Design: Teodoro N. Miciano. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, gilt, Backs: The eagle of the USA, yellow on red background. Maker's name and Spanish export tax stamp on 4C (1940-1964: TIMBRE SOBRE NAIPES - ESPAÑA, EXPORTACION below). 1961.
Lit.: Asescoin 300; Braun 667; Fournier 780.
The courts display portrays of generals and statesmen of the Union or of the Confederation, the aces are illustrated with battle scenes and the 4s with weapons.

FRANCE - NON STANDARD CARDS - Le Triboulet, Paris.

340227 Le Triboulet, Paris. Scaramouche. Design: Henri Favre. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 88x58 mm, rc, gilt, Backs: Stylized leaves, grey, white and red. 1959.
Lit.: Braun 262; Fournier 420.
The figures are built with geometric elements in many shades. The J belong to the repertoire of the Commedia dell'Arte (Harlequin, Scaramouche...), K and Q wear costumes from the time of Louis XIII. The deck is said to have been printed by Mesmaekers, Turnhout, but the copyright on the box mentions "by TRIBOULET and FAVRE - 1959".
OCase, 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.


340226 Philibert, Paris. Mémoires de Casanova (Memories of Casanova). Design: Paul-Emile Bécat (1885-1960). 52 + JJ (all different) + title card, complete. Offset, 95x63 mm, rc, Backs: Pink upholstery in a baroque frame. 1960.
Lit.: Braun 914; Fournier 421; Pikante Blätter pp. 102-103; Cary coll. 386; Eroticism I 3.2.
The numerals are illustrated by permissive scenes with Venetian backdrop. Yet the artist's triumph lies in the design of the courts, merging both halves of the cards into thrilling miniatures.
Almost mint.

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

200614 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 8 of diamonds. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Color laser print, 89x59 mm, rc, Backs: Calendar for 2006. 2005.
All cards are illustrated with color drawings. Courts and aces display figures in lavish costumes (the young women on aces and queens are here topless), while the numerals reproduce scenes of a rather permissive comic.
OCase, mint.

SWITZERLAND - NON STANDARD CARDS - Robert Hürlimann, Zürich.

310396 Robert Hürlimann, Zürich. Swiss deck. Design: Georg Erhardt. 36, complete. Offset, 103x50 mm, square corners, no I. Backs: Plain red. c1968.
Lit.: Braun 744; Schweizer Spielkarten 177.
The deck was printed after linocuts. Though displaying Swiss suits, the ranks are Deuce, King, Queen and Jack (or Ober). Limited edition of 1000.
OWrapper, almost mint.

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

330434 Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto. Onward. Design: Kashiyama Co. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Repeated logo "Onward", white on black background. 1965.
Lit.: Braun 186; Fournier 38.
All cards are illustrated. They display figures from everywhere in the world in the typical costume of their country.
OBox, 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.

ITALY - NON STANDARD TAROT CARDS - Lo Scarabeo, Torino (printed by Carta Mundi, Turnhout).

200630 Lo Scarabeo, Torino (printed by Carta Mundi, Turnhout). Tarots of Casanova. Le Tarot de Casanova. Design: Luca Raimondo after an idea by Mario Pignatiello. 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: Mask on creased cloth, blue. 2000.
Lit.: Eroticism V 9.82.
The unbelievable amorous adventures of the gentleman from Venice and the city itself are put on the stage of the present tarot deck.
OCase, multilingual booklet (64 pp., English, Italian, Spanish, French, German), mint.