What follows is a list of just some of the many, many fascinating playing cards currently or previously available from various manufacturers, both European and American. Our thought is that such a list will inspire you to think about the idea of collecting playing cards as a hobby. There are also links to various topics related to playing cards that appear on our website.
- Brueghel – Hunters in the Snow. Double deck bridge set. Piatnik. Austria.
- Cezanne Gift Bridge Set. Piatnik.
- M C Escher Playing Cards. Piatnik, Austria. 2-deck set, entitled “Up and Down.” 1992.
- Nile. Two-deck bridge set from Piatnik. 2002.
- Secret. Two-deck bridge set from Piatnik. 2002.
- Guggenheim. Single deck from Piatnik.
- Impressionist Masterpieces. Single deck from Piatnik, 2003.
- Emilie. Double deck bridge set. Piatnik. Austria.
- Fritza. Double deck bridge set. Piatnik. Austria.
- Monet Gift Bridge Set.
- Monte Carlo. Double deck bridge set. Piatnik. Austria.
- Sarah Bernhardt. Double deck bridge set. Piatnik. Austria.
- Picasso Playing Cards, double deck bridge set. Piatnik.
- Renoir. 2-deck bridge set, Piatnik.
- Norman Rockwell Playing Cards
- Seurat. Double deck bridge set. Piatnik. Austria.
- Self-Portrait Pack
- Toulouse-Lautrec 2-deck bridge set, one deck features “Moulin Rouge – La Goulue,” other features “Ambassadeurs.” Piatnik.
Bicycle Playing Cards
Christmas Playing Cards
- Christmas. Plastic playing cards, 2-deck bridge-size set, from KEM.
- Old Time Christmas Angels Double Deck Playing Cards. Packaged in tin.
- Victorian Santas. Congress. Printed in Spain. 2 decks, mates.
Congress Playing Cards
- For a partial listing of Congress playing cards, click here.
Cultural & Ethnic Playing Cards
- Ancient Egypt Playing Cards, 2 deck set. Piatnik.
- Arabian Design Art Playing Cards. Piatnik.
- Hungarian Playing Cards. 2 decks. Piatnik, Austria.
- Native American Playing Cards I.
- Native American Playing Cards II.
- Polonia (Poland) Playing Cards, 2 deck set. Piatnik.
- Persian Art. Piatnik.
- Shamrock Irish Heritage Playing Cards, 2 deck set. Piatnik.
Fortune-Telling Playing Cards
For more information on this topic, see the article on fortune-telling playing cards by Marina Robbins.
- Antique Fortune Telling Cards. 32 cards in pack. Piatnik.
- Art Deco Fortune Telling Cards. Piatnik, introduced in 2002.
- Biedermeier Fortune Telling Cards. Piatnik.
- The Fortune Teller’s Deck. A deck and book set by Jane Lyle. Published by Stoddart.
- Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards – a brief essay.
- Lenormand Oracle Cards
- Sibilla Oracle Cards. Lo Scarabeo, Italy.
Fournier Playing Cards
- Difficult to acquire in the USA – for a list of some, please click here.
Historical Playing Cards
- 1864 Poker Deck.
- Antique Map Playing Cards. Piatnik, Austria.
- Black History Playing Card Deck. “52 portraits and biographies of notable black persons in America’s rich heritage.” US Games.
- Civil War Illuminated Poker Deck.
- Early Aviation Playing Cards
Imperial Playing Cards
Literary Playing Cards – Works, Authors and Literary Characters
- Authors Card Game – click here for rules and full listing.
- Shakespeare Playing Cards. 2 decks, 55 cards per pack. US Games. 1992.
- Writers & Poets Playing Cards. Single deck.
Military & Patriotic Playing Cards
- Airplane Spotter & Naval Spotter Playing Cards
- Civil War Illuminated Poker Deck. Single-ended court figures, illuminated with gold ink.
- Civil War Union Emblems.
- Iraq Most Wanted Playing Cards (Authorized Edition).
- Patriotic Playing Cards – Army
- Three Cheers Playing Cards (Congress)
- Union and Confederate Military Leaders Playing Cards. 2 decks, poker size. US Games. 1995.
- World War I Poster Playing Card Deck
- World War II Posters Playing Card Deck.
Non-Standard (unusual shapes, etc.) Playing Cards
- Big Bicyle Deck. US Playing Card Co.
- Braille Playing Cards. US Playing Card Co.
- Crooked Deck Playing Cards. US Games. 1967, 1989.
- Four-color decks
- Miniature Playing Cards
- Mummy Playing Cards. Cards in the shape of sarcophagi.
- Piatnik Jumbo Size Playing Cards.
- Square Deal Playing Cards – square deck
- Elvis Presley Playing Cards
- Screen Legends Playing Cards
Piatnik Playing Cards
- For a brief history of Piatnik playing cards, click here
Pictorial Playing Cards
- Language of Flowers Playing Cards
- Optical Illusions Playing Cards. US Games, printed in Belgium.
- Teddy Bear Playing Cards
- Victorian Playing Cards
Reproduction & Facsimile Playing Cards
- 1864 Poker Deck. Reproduction of a Civil War-era poker deck with full length, single-ended court figures. Box is also authentic reproduction. US Games. Civil War Illuminated Playing Cards Deck. US Games. Civil War Union Emblems Playing Cards.
Sports-Related Playing Cards
- Golf. Plastic playing cards, 2-deck set, from KEM.
- Ladies Golf. 2-deck bridge set, one deck features “Golf Monte Carlo,” other features “Golf Club d’Alsace.” Piatnik.
- Nostalgic Golf. 2-deck set, one deck features “The Players Shop,” other features “Winners of the Challenge Trophy.” Congress.
- St. Andrews Golf Bridge Set.
Squeezers – old-time brand, also known as Bulldog Squeezers
- Lo Scarabeo
Other Reference Sources
Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards
Care of KEM Plastic Playing Cards
International Playing-Card Society
6 Reynard’s Copse
Colchester C04 4UR
The premier organization for playing card collectors. Their journal, The Playing-Card, is published bimonthly.