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Playing Card World Records

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Playing Card World Records

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameMany of us have our own growing collection of playing cards, and probably the thing that interests us the most is our "personal best" for the number of decks we possess. But playing cards have also been the subject of some fascinating world records. Perhaps some of these will inspire you to new heights with your playing cards!● Largest (collection): Let's start with the category that many of you will be wondering about - who has the largest collection of decks, and how big is it? According to the official Guiness World Records, the current record holder is Liu...

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Different Uses for Playing Cards in Previous Centuries - Part 2

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Different Uses for Playing Cards in Previous Centuries - Part 2

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThis article is the next installment of a two part series about how playing cards were used in different ways in previous centuries. Before our modern deck obtained its traditional look, playing card decks were often highly customized, and used for a variety of different purposes. The previous article covered how playing cards were used in more typical ways: for playing card games, for art, and for education. But the past has also witnessed playing cards being commonly used for other purposes, like the ones described here. For Fortune Telling Fortune telling, or cartomancy, has a long...

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Different Uses for Playing Cards in Previous Centuries - Part 1

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Different Uses for Playing Cards in Previous Centuries - Part 1

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameFor a long time I had the mistaken impression that customized playing cards were a relatively modern innovation. Ignoring for a moment all those cheap souvenir decks of bridge sized playing cards, most of us associate the traditional deck of playing cards with a Bicycle ride-back deck with a standardized set of court cards. Perhaps we've seen some minor variations, but this is what we thought a deck of cards has always looked like.But then at some point, we discovered customized playing cards. And we found ourselves getting excited about the possibilities this opened up. I suspect...

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Common Playing Card Nicknames

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Common Playing Card Nicknames

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameMaybe you have a favourite playing card, and perhaps you even have a pet name for it. Many individual playing cards have nicknames that are in common use among card players, and it's not hard to see how this comes about. In many card games, at a certain point you reveal the identity of the cards you have in your hand, so you might announce that you have "pocket Aces" (two Aces), or "a dog from every country" (a hand of four cards in each suit), or you might refer to a specific card by a commonly...

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Historical Curiosities That Shaped Our Modern Deck (Part 2)

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Historical Curiosities That Shaped Our Modern Deck (Part 2)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Number of Cards Why do decks of playing cards have 52 cards? It turns out that that this is the number of cards they have always had, at least dating back as far back as we can go based on evidence from their earliest days in Europe. Playing cards are first documented as appearing on the European continent in the 14th century. Although Spanish decks would later be reduced in size to a 40 card deck, and different sized decks have become standard in some parts of Europe due to regional variances and influences, the original...

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