GB - Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

Packs by the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards.

The Company of the Mistery of Makers of Playing Cards of the City of London was founded by charter granted by King Charles I on 22 October 1628. Since 1882, a presentation set of cards has been presented annually at the banquet which marks the installation of the new Master and Wardens of the Company. Nowadays, a portrait of the Master for the year appears on the Ace of Spades, with his name and those of the two Wardens and the Clerk appearing below. The back design of these cards usually shows some important event or anniversary which has occurred during the preceding twelve months, and also often incorporates the Arms of the Company. We have supplied illustrations of some of these packs.

Click on the picture or the title of the pack to see more information and more pictures where available.

The following packs are offered as originally presented, i.e. boxed double packs in mint condition, unless otherwise stated. In instances where limited stock is available, orders will be treated on a strictly first come first served basis.

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1957 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19570
The Royal Visit to Denmark  42.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1961 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19612
The Wedding of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Kent

Single pack (blue border) sealed. No box.  

20.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1963 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19631 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1963 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19631
The Wedding of H.R.H. Princess Alexandra of Kent and Mr. Angus Ogilvy

One pack has been opened.  

45.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1963 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19633 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1963 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19633
The Wedding of H.R.H. Princess Alexandra of Kent and Mr. Angus Ogilvy

Single pack (red border) sealed. In double box and gold outer sleeve.  

24.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1965 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19650
Magna Carta, MCCXV - MCMLXV   36.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1966 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19661 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1966 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19661
900th Anniversary Service at Westminster Abbey

Single pack (gold border) sealed. No box.  

15.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1966 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19660 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1966 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19660
900th Anniversary Service at Westminster Abbey   36.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1970 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19702 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1970 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19702
Commemorating the Sailing of the Mayflower in 1620

Single pack (pale blue border) sealed. In single box, single gold outer and single cardboard outer.  

25.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1970 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19701 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1970 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19701
Commemorating the Sailing of the Mayflower in 1620

Both packs have been used. No outer gold box.  

25.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1970 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19700 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1970 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19700
Commemorating the Sailing of the Mayflower in 1620   36.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1976 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19760 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1976 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19760
William Caxton, 1476. England's First Printer   36.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1976 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19761 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1976 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19761
William Caxton, 1476. England's First Printer

Both packs have been used. No outer gold box.  

25.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1977 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19770
Silver Jubilee 1952-1977  40.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1980 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19800
80th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother   32.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1981 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19810 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1981 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19810
The Royal Wedding, 29 July 1981  36.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1981 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19811 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1981 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19811
The Royal Wedding, 29 July 1981

Single pack (lavender border) in double box.  

20.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1982 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19820
Birth of Prince William 21st June 1982   40.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1983 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19830 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1983 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19830
Dame Mary Donaldson G.B.E., London's First Lady Lord Mayor   30.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1984 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19840 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1984 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19840
The Old Bailey 1834 - 1984   30.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1985 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19850 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1985 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19850
Halley's Comet 1985   30.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1986 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19861 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1986 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19861
The New Lloyd's Building 1986

Single card (blue border)  

0.50

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1987 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19870

** TWO SETS AVAILABLE **

Honourable Artillery Company 450th Anniversary 1537 - 1987  

40.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1988 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19880
Australian Bicentenary 1788 - 1988   41.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1989 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19890
800th Anniversary City of London Lord Mayor 1189 - 1989   40.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1990 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19900

** TWO SETS AVAILABLE **

Sheriff of the City of London 1990  

40.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1990 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19901
Sheriff of the City of London 1990

Leaflet soiled.

No outer gold box.  

38.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1991 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19910
The 500th Anniversary of the birth of Henry VIII   42.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1992 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19920 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1992 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19920
Bicentenary of Grant of Livery 1792 - 1992   42.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1993 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19930
First train passes through Channel Tunnel, 20th June 1993   42.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1994 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19940 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1994 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19940
Christopher R. Walford, Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor 1994 - 1995   42.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1996 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 19960 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1996 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19960
The Centenary of the British Motor Industry 1896-1996.

This pack includes a special Joker.  

45.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1998 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19980
Diana - Princess of Wales   70.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 1999 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 19990
The Circumnavigation of the World by Balloon 1999   52.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2000 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 20000 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2000 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 20000
Commemoration of the Millennium.

The 2000th anniversary of the birth of Christ is marked by the use of a selection of the many different crosses used in heraldry. The large black cross is a Celtic cross and upon it are, at the top, a cross potent, on the left, a Maltese cross, and on the right, a cross formy or paty; beneath the star (which is the central feature to remind us that it is Christ's birth rather than His death that is being celebrated) is a patriarchal cross and beneath the arms of the Company is the cross, without any qualification, that we associate with England & St George. The design also includes a cross bottony, a cross patonce, a cross fourchy, a cross recercely, a cross-crosslet, a cross flory, a cross pommy and a cross moline.

2 packs and explanatory leaflet in presentation case 

45.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2001 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 13633 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2001 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 13633
Tri-Centenary Bevis Marks Synagogue 1701-2001  42.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2002 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 13732 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2002 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 13732
When Cards became "Collectables".

Master of the Company 2002-3: Roderick Somerville, M.A.

The design chosen for this year's cards celebrates several things. Above all, however, a deliberate effort has been made to recall the style of design used on many of the Company's cards prior to 1900 when the Arms of the Company were always the most prominent feature.

For the first time in about 20 years this year's WCMPC packs have been both designed and printed in the U.K. 

42.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2004 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 14091 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2004 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 14091
Bicentenary of The Battle of Trafalgar 1805-2005. The faces reproduce a standard English pack of c1820 by I. Hardy. Poker size. Gilt edges.  80.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2006 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 14403 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2006 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 14403

** ONLY FIVE SETS LEFT IN STOCK **

The Time and Space Project at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The faces of the cards reproduce Hodges' Astronomical Playing Cards of c1828. Limited edition of 375 double packs.

Size: 57 x 88 mm

2 x 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 2 extra Aces of Spades, + explanatory leaflet 

60.00

Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2007 by WCMPC - Cat Ref 14475 Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2007 
by WCMPC
Cat Ref: 14475

** ONLY ONE SET CURRENTLY LEFT IN STOCK **

The 300th Anniversary of the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral. Court cards and Jokers feature drawings of St Paul's by Sir Christopher Wren and his colleagues set against buff backgrounds. In addition to the Master's portrait on the Ace of Spades, portraits of his father and grandfather (both previously Masters of the Company) are also included. Limited edition of 375 double packs.

Indices: K, Q, J, A (in 2 corners only)

Size: 63 x 88 mm

2 x 52 cards + 2 Jokers + extra Ace of Spades, + explanatory leaflet 

65.00

  Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards 2009 
by WCMPC - 2009
Cat Ref: 14648

** ONLY ONE SET AVAILABLE **

800th Anniversary of London Bridge. Depicted on the court cards are prints and drawings of old London Bridge from c1500 to 1832. Joker: Will Kempe. Backs: London Bridge as it was c1616. Gilt edges. Limited edition.

Indices: K, Q, J, A (in all four corners)

Size: 57 x 88 mm

52 cards + 2 Jokers + illustrated booklet in presentation box 

65.00