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GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, Altenburg.




380067 VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, Altenburg. Postal History. Design: Volker Hartmann. 32 + EC, complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Post-horn, yellow on silver background. 1987.
Lit.: Braun/DDR AS 1987/5.
Historical figures, uniforms, coaches etc. on all cards. Acorns = Thurn and Taxis, leaves = Saxony, hearts = Prussia and bells = Mecklenburg.
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: Eugène 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.




SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown.




200671 Maker unknown. Sexy Pin-Ups. 52 + JJJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Back view of a bathing tattooed nude, halfway into the water, in bluish tints. 2006.
All cards are illustrated with provocative and sometimes eccentric beauties (Betty Page is represented here more than once). Numbered edition of 500 decks.
Mint.




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




002899 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Thos. De La Rue & Co., Ltd.) "D" Day - 6th June 1944. 52 + J, complete. Color lith. (Ace of Spades = relief halftone, backs = photolith.), 89x58 mm, round corners, 2 English index marks. Landing of the Allies in the Normandy, at the top the flags of the USA and of the UK, gilt frame, wine-red border. 1944.

Fournier II p. 72; Thorpe 2001 pp. 68-69.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master B.C. Westall.

Mint.




LATVIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Galerija Istaba, Kr. Barona iela, 31a, Riga.




200654 Galerija Istaba, Kr. Barona iela, 31a, Riga. Playing Cards. Design: Baiba Baiba. 52 + JJ + 4 blank cards, compl. Offset, 85x54 mm, rc, Backs: Circle of flies. 2005.
The idea of the artist was to depict herself with various expressions on all cards. We can see her as a young man on the J, as a woman of different ages on the Q and as an older man on the K. The flies on the backs probably stand for the transitoriness.
OCase, mint.




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




380417 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. 7 of Hearts. Design: Alexandr. 32 + JJ (all different), complete. Color digital printing, 61x43 mm, rc, Backs: Without imprint, white. 2003.
Lit.: Eroticism VI 7.48; Lutkovskiy 4.5.
Reproductions of so-called prison cards. The courts display pencil drawings in black and red of gangsters and their molls.
OCase, mint.




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



330462 Nintendo Playing Card Co., Ltd., Kyoto. Nissan Palsus. 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 87x61 mm, rc, Backs: Standing crusaders with chain-mail coat, shield and lance. Maker's name & logo on AS. 1971.
Lit.: Braun 768.
Inside a suit, the illustrations on K, Q and J are identical. They show medieval figures holding in one half of the cards a French suit-sign, in the other half a Spanish one. Spades/Swords have a knight in armour, Clubs/Clubs a squire, Diamonds/Coins a merchant and Hearts/Cups the lady of the castle. The joker is a court jester playing the lute. Edition of 2,250.
OBox, 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.




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




200741 Forbidden City Ltd., Peking. Imperial Palace Old Photos. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Potpourri of various photographs of the deck, in B/W. 2005.
The cards reproduce photographs, mostly in B/W, some in color, from the collections of the Palace Museum. They give evidence of life in China in times of the last emperor. English and Chinese captions.
Min. damaged ill. OCase, mint.




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.




   
   

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