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The Playing Cards of Karl Gerich

Karl Alexander Gerich, 23rd April 1956 — 4th January 2016

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

Karl was extraordinary as he didn't just design playing cards and then leave production to others, no, he persued the whole gamut of the playing card maker's art.

From his original designs he etched the copper plates. From these plates he printed the designs which then had to be hand colored.

Then the tedious job of glueing the finished sheets to the card board and then cutting the cards to size.

He then produced quite fascinating boxes.

Some packs were undertaken as a joint collaboration with his then partner Georgina Harvey until they ended their relationship.

IN OUR OPINION THE FINEST PLAYING CARD DESIGNER OF THE 20th Century

KG 10 - Karl Gerich “Four Corners” 1991 Playing Cards

 
This is Karl’s tenth pack and reflects his admiration for the cards produced by the German firm of B Dondorf.
 
He has mimicked the “Luxus-Spielkarte Vier-Erdteile [ Four Continents Luxury Playing Cards ] designed by Friedrich Karl Housmann in 1870.
 
The pack consists of 52 cards plus 4 additional Aces plus a Coloured Magic Joker plus signed card from Karl all in original red box with title card to front. 
 
The Court cards are double ended and represent National figures from various parts of the world.
 
The double Aces consist of one hand coloured showing exotic scenes; the others two unclouded scenes of Bath.
 
It is understood that no more than 50 packs, of this very popular topic, were made.
 
The cards measure 44 by 76 mm – All in ‘as produced’ condition.

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: KG10     
 

£300.00

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Joker
Signature Card
Back of cards

KG28 Pack of Standard Playing Cards to celebrate "Mayday" 

This pack was published in 1989 being in the mode of English Standard Playing Cards with double ended court cards.
 Karl finished the design of thisdeck on the 1st May 1989 hence the name of the pack.
 
They are printed from copper etchings on Daler Ford cover paper, pasted to a second (coloured) sheet, pressed, coloured, varnished. Victoria P.C.C. traded between 1st May 1989 until 17 December 1990. Cards measure 74mm x 44mm.
 
His signature card, included, is dated 4th December 1990 the date he finished this pack.
 
Also included is a double ended Joker plus Title Card. The cards have a yellow back and come made with an elegant hand painted flip top box with a picture of King Henry VIII.
 
It also coincided with Steve Davis winning the World Snooker Championship so Karl made an extra card to reflect this obviously a fan of Steves.
 
25 sets were made of this issue.
 
The cards measure 74 by 44 mm – Box and Cards all in ‘as produced’ condition.

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear and WOPC

REF: KG28
 

£275.00

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Joker
Title Card
Steve Davis
Signature Card
Back of cards

KG24 Karl Gerich “Polonaise “ Playing Cards

Produced c1988 this pack was modelled on a combination of Piantnik’s XP10 ’Neugotik’ and packs from Poland.
 
The double ended courts are dressed in 16th/17th century costumes.
 
There are 52 cards plus a great Joker – all presented in a purpose made box with typical Gerich cover card.
 
The cards have a Green Back
 
They measure 43 x 77 mm and are in ‘as produced’ condition.
 
Roughly forty packs were made.

REF: KG24   
 

£225.00

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The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

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KG30 Karl Gerich's Merry Andrews Playing Cards

This pack was published in 1989 and was limited to 24 sets complete with a hand crafted box with Merry Andrews as a dancing musician.
 
This is a 52 small format patience pack resembling packs by Piatnik and a Yugoslav one by Grafika Zrenjanin c1950 plus additional Aces and a Joker
 
With attractive double ended courts – each suit having a plain ace plus a double ended decorated Ace having a different stance, by a man and a woman, viewed from each end.
 
The cards measure 43mm x 73mm 
 
Box and Cards all in ‘as produced’ condition.

REF:KG30     
 

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Views of Bath 1992 - Karl Gerich / Georgina Harvey - KG 33 - Limited Edition

Karl Gerich Pack No: 33, Views of Bath – 1992
This was a joint collaboration by Karl and Georgina Harvey by the Victoria Playing Card Co.
This is the Piquet, 32 card, pack and only Six Packs were printed
This is Pack 4 of 6 of this very limited edition. 
Spectacular single figured Joker – with horns!
The Court Cards are Non-standard in design and are double ended.
The Kings are denoted with a Crown over their head.
The scenic Aces are also double ended but, unlike the Court Cards, they each depict
two different scenes of Bath.
The cards measure 52mm x 81mm
The 32 cards, plus Joker plus signed edition card are presented in an excellent two part box
The condition is as new.   

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: KG33_1O6      
 

£625.00

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Bongout / Triton 1989 Karl Gerich - KG 31 - Limited Edition

Karl Gerich Pack No: 31, Bongout/Triton 1989
This pack was designed and printed by Karl Gerich – Victoria Playing Card Co. – Bath
The pack is based on the XP17 pattern [ the Bongout pattern ] used by the Turnhout Playing Card makers notably van Genechen
The Court Cards are double ended – the KIngs wearing Crowns
The Double Ended Aces depict named scenes from Bath
The Joker is single ended and depicts the Sea God – TRITON
Karl named it ‘Triton’ in a mark of respect for the Voyager 2 Spacecraft
which passed ‘close’ to Neptune’s Moon ‘Triton’ first discovered in 1846.
The pips for the Red suits are not standard colors –
The Heart Suit is red and orange and the Diamond Suit is orange and yellow.
The box is an excellent hand colored item with the same Triton image as the Joker
The back of the box details the publisher etc
The cards measure 43mm x 78mm
This is a Limited Edition of 30 packs
The cards are as issued and are complete
comprising of 52 cards plus a Joker plus ‘a title card’ plus 2 blank cards
The title card bearing the image of two Tigers
– Tigers feature throughout Karl’s designs

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: KG31_30     
 

£400.00

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Beautiful Bath 1996 Karl Gerich - KG 23 - Limited Edition

This was a Limited Edition of 30 Packs of Playing Cards with unique designs reflecting the adopted home of Karl – BATH
This was issued in 1996 and consists of a 52 card pack plus 2 Blank cards
They measure 60mm x 93mm
Each pip card show a scene from Bath’s attractive architecture and Parks
The cards are French suited with unusual coloring.
The Diamond suit depict Churches and Chapels
The Club suit shows club parks and open spaces
The Heart suit portrays bridges and water features and the Spade suit – buildings and Streets
The Court cards depict portraits of people who figured in the history of Bath – some real, some imaginary.
The cards are, as is common with Karl’s card, etched and tastefully hand painted producing miniature works of art.
Presented in a quality two part box – the box bears the title and design number on the base
The cards are as issued.

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: K23_1_30     
 

£650.00

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Trappola Francaise 1990 Karl Gerich - KG 15 - Limited Edition

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

This Limited Edition pack was inspired by Piatnik’s Trappola Pack of c1890 and is 1 of 20 made
The plates were prepared in 1987 but not issued ’till 1990
Etched and Hand Colored with delicate pastoral colours; the Aces are a joy to view.
It is noted by Mike and Daf that Karl found this delightful coloring extremely tedious!
This is a 36 card pack with Three Jokers – one is double ended whilst the other 2 depict a Jester playing with a young woman.
The Hearts suits also bear Cups and the Clubs Batons copying the Italian style for Trappola cards
The Aces are really quite wonderful
The cards measure 51mm x 81mm
Housed in a Titled Box – the cards are as issued.

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REF: KG15_1_20      
 

£525.00

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Nibelungenkarten 1994 Karl Gerich - KG 27 - Limited Edition

Nibelungenkarten 1994 Karl Gerich – KG 27 – Limited Edition

This pack was started in 1989 [ see Queen of Leafs ] but was not ‘finished’ ’till 1994.

This is one of only six packs made to celebrate Richard Wagner’s Opera “The Ring of the Nibelungs” – based on characters from the Norse Sagas and the court cards portray some of the Gods and Mortals in the double ended style – each character is named in hand scripted form.
Jack of Hearts and Jack of Leafs are really interesting.

The suit symbols are leaf, bell, acorn and heart.

The cards measure 60mm x 95mm and come in there own box; the inner lid bears the edition number [ 4 of 6 ] date and signature of Karl Gerich.

The cards are as issued.

REF: KG27_1_6      
 

£600.00

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The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

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Rheinland Pattern 1991 Karl Gerich KG12 Limited Edition

Karl started this pack in 1985, put it to one side, then finished it in 1991

Based on Dondorf’s 1870’s Rheinland Pattern which was appropriated by many makers over the years.

This is one of a Limited Edition of 20 Packs.

This is piquet pack meaning it is 32 cards [ plus Joker ] – the style of a short pack originally being used for games like Piquet and Bezique amongst others.

The Joker is pictured cross legged – playing a Mandolin – a possible image of Karl in 1991 ?

French suited with varying colours – Diamond Suit being in Yellow and the Club Suit in Green.

The courts are double ended and are very attractive.

The backs are of a Florentine” pattern.

The box has a phoenix motif.

The cards are 55mm x 86mm

Cards are as issued.

The material on Karl and his works have
been gleaned from the excellent research
material published by Mike and Daphne Tregear

REF: KG12_1_20     
 

£425.00

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