About plainbacks.com

Plainbacks.com is a website run by me, Paul Bostock.

The site is intended as a resource for anyone interested in playing cards and the English pattern.

To contact me please send an email to paul.bostock @ gmail.com

I have been a collector of playing-cards since I was a teenager in the 1970s. For a long time the collection grew slowly but steadily - there are surprisingly many card-collecting variations including different national patterns, souvenir and commemorative packs, advertising packs (including themes like airlines, breweries, films...), there are art decks, transformations, and so on. More recently, I decided to focus on two areas and chose the history of the standard english playing card and cards of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards - the City of London Livery company that has historically represented the english makers.

I am a Council member of the International Playing-card Society and belong to the English playing-card Society and the US collectors club 52+Joker. I am a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards. See the Links bar on the main page for contact information.

This is me 10 years ago!! as photographed by my daughter Charlotte...