About plainbacks

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 Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards. See the Links bar on the main page for contact information.

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