The International Playing-Card Society was founded in 1972
to bring together people, from the five continents,
who have a common interest in the collecting of playing cards and card games,

to share research and knowledge.

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MADRID 23rd to 25th September



Why is the jack called a jack,
rather than a prince or earl
or another nobleman?
The answer is on this website
First winning answer drawn at random on the 1stAugust wins
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  • 4 A4 Full Colour Magazine either mailed or available as a digital version
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  • Access nearly 50 years of digital back issues to aid your knowledge or assist your research
  • Conventions and the occasional local meetings arranged – talks, trading and Club Auctions
  • Fellowship
  • Club Members discussion board where questions can be asked to the most knowledgeable resource of members available

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Who's on the Council

The History of Cards
from different Countries

The most comprehensive list of
Country Patterns and Types
on the Web

Our Constitution

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Past Conventions

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F A Q's - a treasury of answers to those often asked questions.