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Unread postby volantangel » Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:26 am  

So on my 2 week trip to Europe, instead of picking up piatnik decks that austria is supposed to be teeming with like what Dazz would have expected (actually i did see a couple of grossly overpriced ones in toy shops). I picked this deck up in Krakow, Poland in one of its castle's shops. The decks are produced by Gramitus (http://www.gramicus.pl/eng/index.htm) which is a Polish card producer. The card quality resembles high end souvenir deck quality, not flimsy but has no finish on them.

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The decks came in a cardboard like box, which is a very nice touch and ensures no damage to the decks, but add significant bulk.

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The decks itself come with this strip of vellum paper with a company sticker, instead of the usual plastic wrap, which is a classy touch.

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The courts have a stained glass look to them. The set of courts are called Orlando andis one of the their five "standard" court figures. The ace of spades and hearts are ornate, and the deck comes with three jokers making up 55 cards.
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Re: Poland

Unread postby Eoghann » Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:41 am  

Nice deck! Funny how of the few decks you found, it had to be a stained glass one. :)
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Re: Poland

Unread postby volantangel » Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:49 am  

Eoghann wrote:Nice deck! Funny how of the few decks you found, it had to be a stained glass one. :)


Haha i was pretty surprised when i picked it up myself
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Re: Poland

Unread postby dazzleguts » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:44 am  

Cool deck, and I like that box.
Wow, no cards in Austria. Perhaps card playing has fallen off there and everyone is playing video games.
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Re: Poland

Unread postby Jock1971 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:28 pm  

Yes indeed i agree a very nice deck with a cool box, i like how the courts have a different colour for each suit. Also thanks for the link, that manufacturer produces some nice looking cards even the kiddies one`s are cool.
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Re: Poland

Unread postby Jock1971 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 12:58 pm  

"POL" published by International Paper and printed by Sikopol (private printer) Dated 2005.
There is also a Green back version of this deck.
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Thanks for looking at my cards :D -jase-
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Re: Poland

Unread postby volantangel » Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:05 am  

Thats a lovely deck ! but once again a pity about the backs, absolutely stunning courts !
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Re: Poland

Unread postby Jock1971 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:46 am  

KRAKOWSKA SKOK unknown printer.
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A Polish advertising deck featuring Krakowska Skok who are an Financial institute/Credit Union that began trading in 1995 and is situated in Krakow, Poland.
The Number cards are repeating (same image on all 2`s etc) and show images from in and around Krakow, The court cards feature various members of the Polish Royal Family from 1384 to 1548.
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SPADES
King - Wladyslaw II Jagiello 1352-1434, Grand Duke of Lithuania, became King of Poland after marrying Jadwiga in 1386
Queen - Jadwiga 1373 -1399, Reigned as the first female monarch of poland from 1384 till her death in 1399.
Jack - Witold (Unknown)
HEARTS
King - Kazimierz IV Wielki 1427 - 1492, Grand Duke of Lithuania, became King of Poland in 1447 until his death in 1492
Queen - Elzbieta Rakuska 1436 - 1505, Wife of Kazimierz IV whom she married in 1454.
Jack Boguslaw X 1454 - 1523, Duke of Pomerania from 1474.
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DIAMONDS
King - Zygmunt I Stary 1467 - 1548, Known as Sigimund the old, Grand Duke of Lithuania and Polish King from 1507 till his death in 1548.
Queen - Bona Sforza 1494 - 1557, Became Zygmunt I Stary`s second wife in 1518.
Jack - Albrecht Hohenzollern 1490 - 1568, Albert of Prussia was the 37th Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights.
CLUBS
King - Zygmunt II August 1520 -1572, The only son to Sigismund the old,Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland from 1548 till his death in 1572.
Queen - Barbara Radziwillowna 1520 - 1551, Became Queen consort in 1547 as consort to Zygmunt II, Married Zygmunt in secret much to the Polish Lords annoyance, Finally crowned Queen in 1551 five months before her death.
Jack - Mikolaj Radziwill , Brother to Barbara, known as Mikolaj the Red, Tirelessly campained to get Barbara recognised as queen .
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