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A Gallery of Standard English Playing Cards

This website celebrates an iconic design, the standard english playing card.

Over 400 packs shown in the gallery illustrate the variety and history of standard cards, and are intended also as a reference for fellow collectors and admirers of cards.

If you are familiar with this site, the top menus give quick access to pages.

If not, the Gallery guide page explains how the different categories are defined


What's New?
A quick pointer to recent additions

Guides to Types by Major Makers
Reference to English maker's design types,
as described by Lodge and/or Goodall

Features of Early Standard Cards
A study of features that define early full-length court cards

Old Cards From Other Collections
Great early cards from the Bodleain, British Museum and others

The Modern International Standard
Designs by major contemporary manufacturers

Modern Originals Facsimiles and Reproductions
Some quality reproductions plus a guide to avoiding fakes

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