Interesting Facts

The idea of this page on is to collect links to interesting (mainly encyclopedic) on-line articles dedicated to playing cards and its collecting. This is all about corresponding articles posted on this site and external articles written by various authors who don’t represent this site. The external articles are subjectively selected. This page is not intended to be some type of RSS feed for other blogs and sites.

Anyone can propose appropriate articles. But won’t be bind by such propositions to post information about the articles on this page or site.


How to date a deck of USPCC Playing Cards

This article (page) will help collectors of U.S. playing cards to date decks made by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). It explains the dating codes printed on USPCC’s aces of spades at the time they were manufactured. The code is helpful in dating decks after 1904, the year it started. Also the article explains USPCC tax stamps on playing card decks and has their pictures.

Taxes and Tax Stamps on Playing Cards

This article (page) has information on taxes and tax stamps used for playing cards from all over the world.  The information and information sources are sorted by country. For many countries, there are examples of the tax stamps used, together with dating information.

♣ All Playing Card Patterns at one Glance

A collective of playing card collectors from Alta Carta prepared some type of a reference sheet dedicated to patterns of playing cards. On this page you can find a list of all card patterns and their pictures. All pictures are accompanied by multilingual names of appropriate patterns.

♣ The Ace of Spades – The Death Card

This article is dedicated to the Ace of Spades as the symbol of death. It tells different stories from the history of humanity (wars, criminal assassinations, etc.) connected with the aces representing death. Authors tried to learn different sources of information with the aim to understand roots of such symbolism and its usage in different historical situations. A little bit gloomily but interesting.



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