Getting Started

So you’ve been thinking about starting a collection of playing cards. Where do you start?

We’ve got all the basics covered here.

Where to Buy?

Playing Cards can be found at any stationary store, most tobacconists, and souvenir and novelty stores. Look for hidden gems, and you might be pleasantly surprised!

Join a playing card society to receive all the latest news about publications and advertisements by dealers, and CPCC (Chicago Playing Card Collectors, Inc.) members have the added benefit of access to rare cards at affordable prices. Dealers will also have access to historical or unusual decks – so it’s a good idea to sign up for auction catalogues and they may even provide you with order forms. Other collectors are also a valuable source of collectable cards – so attend club meetings in your area.

cards are also available for purchase online, and a popular platform is eBay – however purchasing cards online comes with it’s own set of pros and cons.

We have compiled a short list of popular playing card dealers to get you started below:

InterCol London – New and antique cards by mail order

Contact: Yasha Beresiner (reads/writes French, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Turkish)
Address: 43 Templars Crescent
N3 3QR
Tel: +44 20 8349 2207
Fax: +44 20 8346 9539

HAVA GETZ IMAGES – A large selection of cards and other collectibles available by mail order

Contact: Hava Getz (speaks English, Hebrew, and Thai)
P.O. Box 6
LE67 9ZY
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1530 244354
Fax: +44 1530 244354

Cartorama – Superior playing cards and paper ephemera by mail order

Contact: Jean Darquenne (reads/writes English, French, reads Dutch, Italian, Spanish)
Address: Oberdorf 23
D-37308 Krombach
Tel: +49-36082 48200
Fax: +49-36082 48201


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