Welcome to Barry Magarick's
Antique Playing Card Collection

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I'm pleased to exhibit some of my favorite historic decks for people interested in old and curious playing cards. I've been collecting cards for about 20 years . Most decks came from fellow collectors and dealers. Gene Hochman and Kay Gregory were very important in helping me learn about fine quality playing cards and were terrific sources during my early years of collecting. Mr Albert Fields also opened his collection and knowledge to me. As well as Lenny Schnear. If you're interested in a little more information about myself and how I began collecting, click here

A Few of My Favorite Decks
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Hodges
Geographical

C. 1828

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French Costume Cards
Gold Pips
C. 1855

[Image] S&J Fuller
Transformation Deck
C 1811
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Jeu Imperial
Costume Cards
C. 1860

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Playing Cards
S&J Fuller
C. 1828
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German Tarok Cards
C. 1840

[Image] G. Payer, Florence
Transformation Deck
C. 1850

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Wagnerian Cards
C. 1860

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Transformation Deck
Theater Deck
C. 1819
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Pasquins Windcaart
Momus
C. 1720

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German Tarok
C. 1850

[Image] Rubcke, Hamburg
C. 1860
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French Revolutionary
C. 1792

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Dondorf, Four Corners
C. 1890

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Jeu de Geographic
Della Bella
C. 1698

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Cotta, Jeanne d'Arc
Transformation Deck
C. 1805

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European Primitive
C. ??????

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Italian Minchatie
Early C. ?????

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Swiss Cards
Hunting Theme
C. 1850

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Jeu Alphabetique
C. 1830

Over the past year I've been actively developing a current catalogue of the collection which contains more than 500 antique and contemporary packs. This has proved more complicated than I originally thought, as there is no strong central auction source as there was when my collection began....remember Stanley Gibbon's Auctions???

Looking for more information on the world of playing cards? I suggest you browse
Bob Lancaster's Gallery of Unusual Playing Cards.
Bob has developed a really terrific site with lots of examples and it includes a great resource for folks interested in buying and collecting.

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