Welcome to Plainbacks

Standard English Playing Cards and their History

Modern Cards from around the World

This website celebrates an iconic design, the standard playing card.

Over 800 packs shown in the galleries illustrate the variety and history of standard cards, and are intended as a reference for fellow collectors and admirers of cards.

If you are familiar with this site, the top menus give quick access to pages.

If not, the Gallery guide page explains how the different categories are defined

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All images may be used for personal/ non-profit use. The images may also be used with an acknowledgement in private publications. Plainbacks © Paul Bostock 2008 - 2015, Ken Lodge's Guide © Ken Lodge 2010 - 2015


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