Three mint, sealed decks of cards made by Grimaud, each in its original, "as new" box. Each is available for $15, and all 3 are for sale for $45. THE JULES VERNE DECK SHOWN IN THE FEATURED PICTURE HAS BEEN SOLD AND IS NOT AVAILABLE. I have elected not to open the decks, but the faces of the cards can be seen at the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM ## 07036, 07028, 04759). Each is briefly described below.
● Moving deck made by Grimaud c.1993, "Normandie 1944-1994," on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy in 1944, the largest amphibious operation in history. The cards feature original designs by Yannick Pennanguer. The Jokers show the flags of the major Allied nations involved in the operation, the Aces depict modes of transport on land and on the sea, the Kings and Jacks portray prominent WWII military leaders, and the Queens illustrate the 5 beaches on which the landing took place. The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus a card announcing and describing the deck. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm.
● Interesting and very attractive deck made by Grimaud c.1990, "Jeu Philatelique," celebrating historical stamps issued by La Poste, conceived and designed by Jacques Hiver. The court cards show stamps that themselves featured famous persons in French history. The Aces and Jokers are stamps from the Marianne de Gandon series issued at the end of WWII. The deck is accompanied by a paper insert in French that identifies the stamps depicted. The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus a card announcing the deck. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm.
● Completely charming and very beautiful deck made by Grimaud c.1983, "Les Montgolfieres," celebrating Etienne and Joseph de Montgolfier and ballooning, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first balloon flight. The Aces, Jokers and court cards depict different models of balloons. The pip cards and backs show a medallion with an image of the Montgolfier brothers. The deck is accompanied by a booklet in French, English, German and Spanish, that begins with a description of the brothers and provides history on the balloons depicted. The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm. Reference: Fournier, Playing Cards II, France 618.
THE AMOUNTS SHOWN FOR DOMESTIC SHIPPING AND INSURANCE ASSUME THAT ALL 3 DECKS ARE PURCHASED. IF LESS THAN 3 ARE PURCHASED, SHIPPING WILL BE LESS.
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