One of my favourite ‘saucy’ packs featuring buxom ladies as Queens.
From the Press of the Woolly Whale, New York in 1933 Designed by Alban B. Butler, Jr. (1891-1949).
Full Mint Deck 52 Playing Cards + Joker and a blank card.
88×57 mm, round corners, gilt edge.
Backs: Shoulder badge of the 26th (Yankee) Division, blue on grey background.
Maker’s name on Ace of Spades.
Complete with Descriptive Wrapper – opened to scan cards.
US tax stamp 1929-1940,on wrapper, cancelled by hand
The pack is dedicated to the 103rd Field Artillery Regiment, 26th Division, which was then Cary’s unit. Kings and jacks are soldiers in different ranks from private to major-general while the queens illustrate the famous Mademoiselle from the song (Mademoiselle from Armentiers, Parlez-vous…)
Six cards with pips the shape to the suit of Oru [ Coins ]
An alternative name for Hikifuda is KURIFUDA (“shuffling cards”)
Complete in it’s own wrapper with a small plastic see-through box.
The backs are plain black.
This is the full series of Hikifuda by Ôishi Tengudô, Japan
The Unique Playing Cards deck has been designed by Ian Roth, a New York- based artist and filmmaker. Court cards feature portraits of eclectic New Yorkers created by various scanning techniques.
Human hands represent the value of each suit card using different digit combinations.
Singer’s Sewing Machine Insert Cards, circa 1898, Advertising gimmick by the Singer Sewing Machine emulating the successfulcampaigns by the Tobacco CompaniesA set of 52 cards with young ladies in costumeA miniature playing card appears in the upper left and lower right of each pip card.The courts cards have the suit mark and title, king, queen or knaveThe backs have the inscription“The Favorite and USEFUL THING in the world isSINGER’S SEWING MACHINE.” It is believed that one card was given with each spool of thread.Cards measure 6.8cm by 3.6cmThe cards are not to be found in the American cataloguesand we believe this set to be very rare.There are minor imperfections that can be seen from theextensive photos
Non-standard deck by Nintendo c.1973 to promote its own Laser Clay Shooting System, with backs relating to the product.
Interesting court cards and unusual pip cards
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are long, measuring 100mm x 58mm, and come in the original Nintendo plastic box.
The cards are as new
REF: NLC -080
Black is the only colour extensively used, with a few details in red. Only “special” subjects also have silver and gold.
The ace features a highly stylized black oval shape, with a geometric texture in the background.
The “special” cards of the fourth series are only two: an ace and a 4.
Another local deck was created in the second half of the 17th century, called Unsun Karuta after the name of two special court cards
It was strongly inspired by the original Portoguese card scheme, basically repeating the Tenshô Karuta, yet introducing a new suit, more court cards and joker cards too.
The Unsun Karuta deck is made of seventy-five cards, divided into five suits, four of which were borrowed directly from the Portoguese ones; the suit of Hau or Pau (Batons) features sticks from which wigs, leaves and flowers (or berries) spring, similar to the ones most patterns of Hispanic origin still now have: for this reason this suit is also known as Hana (“Flowers”). And in both the suits of Hau and Isu (Batons and Swords), the respective pips cross each other in a fashion typical of the early Portuguese pattern.
The fifth suit, instead, is non-standard; it is called Guru (“round, around”), and it features comma-shaped strokes arranged in a circular pattern, almost forming a whirl.
This c1981 Reproduction by the Waylands is a well produced product
REF: UKPC – 060
Fifty-four colour-printed cards (complete), together with orig. printed wrapper (faded) Double end court cards plus joker and second Ace of Spades and a great Joker.
Cards have patterned of blue daisies. Cards are printed on inferior card stock and are near mint, minor colour offset on two cards, pictures.
These are KABU cards – Single Suited Pattern
This is the Komaru pattern – using the suit of ORU
Cards are MINT – outer paper packaging opened – contained in usual outer Plastic housing.
REF: KOMARU_2 021
c Third Quarter of the 20th Century – this is a complete deck of 52 round cards.
They are hand painted on paper mache with a glazed finish.
Standard French Suited Playing cards – Four suits of 13 cards. These were made for the export markets.
Presented in a wooden box – painted on all six sides – sliding lid to cards.
The cards are in very fine condition.
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c Third Quarter of the 20th Century – this is a complete deck of 192 round cards.
They are hand painted on paper mache with a Laquered finish.
There are Sixteen Suits with Twelve cards in each suit.
There is plenty of information on these cards to be found on the Internet.
The cards are in very fine condition and are housed in a hand made box.
This is a set of 52 Playing Cards [ No Joker ] mixed from two series of the 1890s
So whilst all fronts of the Playing Cards are different the backs are from two series, both blue.
 One has the traditional back with the central cartouche featuring that sturdy Seaman at the wheel, inscribed “Smoke and Chew” and “Hard-A-Port Cut Plug”.
 The other with the same background but the cartouche reading – “Hard A Port Cut Plug – Moore & Calvi” and “Wake Up Cut Plug / Trumps Long Cut”
All face cards are inscribed “Hard A Port Cut Plug” on the bottom left hand corner”
The cards were made by  Maclin-Zimmer-McGill [ Successors to Moore and Calvi ] and  Moore & Calvi, Linder, Eddy & Clauss, Lith NY
All fronts are scanned.
The cards have been played with but are not dirty or damaged slight discolouration on Ace of Spades – we would grade them 6.5/10
Set of six cards with stylized Chinese numerals – from one to six.
Full series by Ôishi Tengudô, Japan
REF: HARI6 – 060
Oishi Tengudo Japanese Playing Cards Game Hanafuda Echigo Flower Red Paulownia Boxby Oishi Tengudo
REF: OTJ -060
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