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26 April
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DONDORF “HUNDERTJAHKARTE” Playing Cards. The most beautiful restoration of a centenary deck

This is not the first time we have seen a modern restoration of an old deck but I think this is the most beautiful restoration I have seen lately: DONDORF HUNDERTJAHKARTE. Bernhard Dondorf was a long-lived German card maker born and based in Frankfurt who created a lithograph company and who always worked with innovative techniques. The most notable of these techniques was the chromolithography, patented in the mid-nineteenth century and which Dondorf elevated to the category of graphic art…

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12 June
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1883 MURPHY TRANSFORMATION RED Playing Cards. The historic piece of art now with red back

While many artists create every day designs for new decks, other playing cards lovers work to recover designs of cards that, unfortunately, have been lost in the corners of history. Michael Scott (Home Run Games) is one of those wonderful nostalgic men and in early 2014 decided to create a new series of restored decks. He began with the Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty (1876), which was followed by the Mauger quadruplicate (1876), Varnish Murphy (1883) and Saladee (1864). Now…

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09 August
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1883 Murphy Varnish Transformation Playing Cards. The restoration of a magnificent piece of art

Earlier this year, Michael Scott (Home Run Games) started his “restoration adventure”. He decided to take emblematic decks from a distant past and reprint them fully restored. After two successful campaigns with the 1876 Triplicate and Quadruplicate decks, his last campaign revolves around a very special set of cards: the 1883 MURPHY VARNISH Transformation Deck.     Franklyn Murphy, former Governor of New Jersey and founder of Murphy Varnish, commissioned Andrew Dougherty an advertising deck for his company. Dougherty printed in 1883…