Category Archives: Playing Cards and Sport

Playing Card Art: Playing Cards by Dave Flanagan

Dave Flanagan is a British freelance illustrator and graphic designer.  Among his clients are: ESPN, Manchester City FC (Football Club), Hull City FC, Nottingham Forest FC, etc. He is a big fan of sport, so creates a lot of appropriate artworks. These several playing card artworks aren’t exception.

© Dave Flanagan 2015

His King of Hearts is devoted to Eric Cantona, a French actor and former international footballer (Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes, Leeds United and Manchester United) for the French national team. His most successful football career was in Manchester United. Cantona won four Premier League (an English professional league for men’s association football clubs) titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles (an annual knockout cup competition in English football). Many MU’s fans are sure that he played a key role in the revival of Manchester United as a footballing force in the 1990s. That’s why he has an iconic status at the club. I guess that is why he is popular for playing card artworks.

The King of Hearts by Dave Flanagan: Eric Cantona



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Bēhance: Chess Playing Cards by Yurii Horbachevskyi

These interesting playing card artworks are dedicated to chess games, and were designed by the Ukrainian artist, Yurii Horbachevskyi. This is quite simple, but stylish and elegant design. It can be transformed into nice playing cards due to some additional work.

“Many have become Chess Masters, no one has become the Master of Chess” ~ Siegbert Tarrasch*

© Yurii Horbachevskyi 2014

Chess Playing Cards: The Ten of Hearts



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Playing Card Art: “Eric Cantona – The King” by Miniboro

This playing card artwork is dedicated to one of the most famous football players of Manchester United (British football club), Eric Cantona. He won with MU four Premier League (an English professional league for men’s association football clubs) titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles (an annual knockout cup competition in English football).

Callum Hamilton over at the tremendous Surreal Football asked if I’d have a go at doing an Eric Cantona piece to compliment his latest Approved XI article. You’d think a character as huge as Cantona would be an easy option but it actually proved to be the opposite.

My starting point was his ‘King Eric’ nickname so having him as the King in a deck of cards seemed a fairly straight forward premise.

The main issue was coming up with a pattern that would make up the rest of the card. It’s probably no great surprise i went down the “seagulls follow the trawler” route, so I decided to throw in the ball and trident from the Man Utd badge for good measure, the trident also doubles up as a King Neptune nautical reference.

I tried to keep his features as minimal as possible (apart from the iconic mono-brow of course) so that hopefully the eye is drawn around the pattern rather than settling on one part.” ~ Miniboro

Eric Cantona is quite popular for playing card artworks created by different artists. And he is always the King.

© Miniboro

The King of Spades by Miniboro: Eric Cantona


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DeviantART: Eric Cantona King of Club by UtdNation

Tom (UtdNation) is a British artist. He created a playing card artwork devoted to Eric Cantona, an iconic figure for a British football club, Manchester United. Eric finished his football career in 1997. Now he tries himself in cinema (for example, the 1998 film Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett).

MU’s fans nicknamed him “King Eric”. Eric was voted as Manchester United’s greatest ever player by Inside United magazine (the official magazine of the club).

Eric Cantona, the King of Old Trafford is fittingly portrayed here as the King of club[s] on this playing card.” ~ Tom

Old Trafford is a football stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. It has been MU’s home ground since 1910 (the only break was from 1941 to 1949, as a result of bomb damage during the Second World War). It is the second-largest football stadium in the United Kingdom.

Eric Cantona was featured by several artists as a playing card King.

© Tom (UtdNation) 2013

The King of Clubs by Tom (UtdNation): Eric Cantona


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