Links: Suppliers of Playing-Cards and Equipment

Suppliers of Modern and Antique Playing-Cards

TaroBear's Lair specialises in supplying European regional playing-cards, including Tarot, Tarock and Tarocchi cards, to players in North America.

The Alida web site has a good selection of Italian cards for sale.

Naipes Zaca is a Spanish online playing-card store selling playing-cards of various designs from around the world, including of course Spanish cards.

InterCol London deal in playing-cards, as well as books, maps, prints, currency and other ephemera.

Cartorama deal in antique playing-cards, paper and books.

JP Playing Cards is a UK-based company specialising in premium quality limited edition playing-cards for card manipulators (cardistry) and collectors.

The Pelikorttikauppa page of Mikko Saari's Finnish web site offers a range of playing cards including tarot and tarock cards.

The Game Preserve sells a range of Card Games as well as Board Games.

Spielkarten Welt sells playing-cards and card game books on line.

MacGregor Historic Games produce reproductions of historic playing-cards for reenactors; also historic board, dice and card games.

Through their website card-dealer.co.uk, Greens of Gloucestershire supply a range of standard and themed playing-cards.

HG Images - dealer in playing-cards.

Troll and Toad specialises in trading card games (CCGs) but their Card Games section has a substantial range of proprietary (commercial) card games for sale.

The Card Kid has a range of cards and other equipment for various trading games (CCGs).

D.J.McAdam's Wooden Horse Books sells playing-cards and other games; also gaming literature (new and second hand).

Newt's Playing Card Superstore sells a range of American and Spanish playing-cards.

Wolfgang Kunze's Spielkarten Online sells a range of standard and non-standard second hand playing-cards for collectors.

Games et al sells playing-cards and other games to collectors.

The Dutch company Roem Packaging and Paper Products sells a range of standard and custom playing-cards and equipment.

Parnell Playing Card Co have auctions of playing-cards, Faro equipment and antiques.

Playing Cards Only has a selection of modern and classic playing cards for all ages. The emphasis is on 52-card packs with novelty backs and faces, with some children's card games.

Playing Cards and More is a Florida-based online store selling standard Anglo-American playing cards and other game equipment.

The Card Games section of Directory Game consists mostly of links to suppliers of proprietary card games and trading card games (CCGs).

Playing-Card Manufacturers

Here are links to home pages of some playing-card manufacturers, producing a range of standard, non-standard and custom playing-cards.

Special Playing-Cards

Cards with special features such as extra suits or unusual designs.

Magnetic and waterproof cards

Kling Magnetic Playing Cards (USA). These cards have a thin metal film in the centre so that they cling to a magnetic playing surface. Useful for playing out of doors in a breeze.

SplashJack is a deck of waterproof cards that float in water, designed for use in the bathtub or swimming pool.

Five-suited decks

Stardeck cards are like a standard pack with a fifth suit of stars plus two jokers - 67 cards in all.

Estate playing-cards - an Australian 60-card deck with 5 suits of 12 cards. The site includes a downloadable book with suggested variations of Canasta, Euchre and 500.

Tarot or tarock cards have the usual four suits (usually with 8 or 14 cards in each) plus an extra, longer "suit" of 21 trumps and a fool card. TaroBear's Lair specialises in supplying Tarot, Tarock and Tarocchi playing-cards to players in North America

Six-suited decks

Solitaire for Two is a six-suited deck in tile form. There are two red suits (hearts and diamonds), two black suits (spades and clubs) and two green suits (wheels and anchors) plus a joker of each colour, for a total of 81 tiles.

In the past, there have been various six-suited card decks. Sextet had two red suits (hearts and diamonds), two black suits (spades and clubs) and two blue suits (wheels and rackets). Empire cards had three red suits (hearts, diamonds and crowns) and three black suits (clubs, spades and anchors). Unfortunately both are now out of print.

Eight-suited decks

The Toss deck has eight 13-card suits (two red, two black, two blue and two gold) and eight jokers (one of each colour, two "boss" and two "null"): 112 cards in all. The web site has suggested adaptations of some popular card games: spades, rummy, hearts.

The Fat Pack has eight suits (four red and four black), with five identical jokers.

Non-standard playing-card decks with artisitic and novelty designs

  • White Knuckle Playing Cards - a newly drawn version of the traditional English pattern, from Australia.
  • Gemaco Cards (USA: Promotional cards and cards for the casino market)
  • ZByte (USA: cards with suitmarks representing logical operators)
  • The Novelty Card Co. produces cards with non-standard suit marks depicting golf clubs, garden spades, organic hearts and cut diamonds.
  • American Standard Playing Cards: a patriotic 58-card deck with suits representing Faith, Independence, Revolution and Unity. Kings, Queens and Jacks are replaced by Patriots, Ladies and Gentlemen; there are two Tyranny cards corresponding to jokers, and four extra cards corresponding to the suits and representing the Ten Commandments, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution.
  • The Hungarian firm Civertan makes playing-cards with various non-standard designs - castles, steam locomotives, views of Budapest, etc.
  • Charta Bellica by the Hungarian artist Somogyi Márton.
  • ProsperoArt.com produce Shakespeare Bridge decks featuring quotations and insults from the plays; also Rat Pack poker decks.
  • Wild Party Games is an online shop whose products include several card games.

See also the IPCS New Issues pages.

Makers and Suppliers of Custom Playing-Cards

Admagic.com suppies custom playing cards to order. You submit your own design for the backs or for the backs and faces.

TM CARDS DOT COM specialise in producing custom playing-cards to order. The customer can specify the face and back designs, the card size and materials, and the number of cards in the pack.

PFI Playing-cards, also known as Card-Press, is a US-based firm specialising in producing custom playing-cards (custom faces, backs and shapes), and can also supply other gaming equipment.

The Game Crafter manufactures cards and other game components to order. Their service is ideal for prototyping and small quantities - even down to just one copy. The game they produce for you can also be sold online through their web site.

Artscow is a Hong Kong based printing company that will print custom playing-card to order.

Personalised Playing Cards is a UK-based company offering playing-cards with custom face and backs, or standard English faces and custom backs. Designs can be submitted online.

Printer's Studio supply playing-cards which can be customised by uploading your own images for the faces and backs. Orders for small quantities are acceptable.

Quality Playing Cards Inc. (Playing Cards R Us), based in Orlando, Florida, USA, will produce custom playing-cards with your own face and back design; also other game accessories such as boards and chips.

Games and Print Services make standard playing-cards and will also produce custom designed cards to order.

Based in India, Perfect Playing Cards can produce cards to your specification with standard or custom designed faces or backs.

Ivory Graphics is a UK supplier of custom playing-cards with personalised backs and/or faces.

The Canadian firm Palaimon Playing-Cards produces playing-cards to your specification with ciustom backs and/or faces.

Custom playing-cards, based in New Jersey, USA, produces playing-cards with customised faces and back designs.

Monogrammatiks imprint Bridge cards with your own custom design or message on the back.

MakePlayingCards.com is a Hong Kong based company supplying promotional playing-cards with custom backs or faces and backs worldwide.

At Your Playing Cards.com you can create your own back designs on line and order decks of standard playing-cards with these backs.

The UK company Zyan can supply promotional playing-cards with custom backs or faces and backs.

Makers and Suppliers of Card Game Equipment

The Las Vegas Card Shuffler is available from Dollys Mixtures.

The Italian company Del Fabbro makes folding card tables as well as other wooden furniture.

Las Vegas Poker & Gambling - online store for travel to Las Vegas, accommodation and all kinds of gambling books and equipment.

Ace Card Holders is an Australian supplier of card holders for use in any card game. These were originally designed for arthritis sufferers and have proved useful to players of all ages.

Card Holders are available from Claire Publications along with various types of blank and numbered cards for educational use.

GameTable Showroom is a US supplier of gaming tables, including card tables and tables for various casino games.

DK Gameroom Outlet is a US supplier of playing cards, accessories and casino equipment.

dazadi.com, based in California, supply gaming tables for poker and casino games and a range of other gaming equipment within the USA only.

Domino and Tile Games and Related Equipment

The AlexCramer Company supplies high quality precision made domino sets and hand-crafted wooden boxes for dominoes.

Where the Winds Blow specialises in selling Mah Jong sets, books and accessories.