Erich Friemann “Schützenfest Hannover” Skat Playing Cards, c.1983

Delightful skat deck obviously prepared for sale and/or distribution at the annual Schützenfest in Hanover, Germany. The cards were made by Erich Friemann sometime in 1983.

Wikipedia has this description of the Schützenfest:

"The Hanover Schützenfest (German: Schützenfest Hannover) at Hanover in Germany is the largest marksmen's funfair in the world. The origin of this funfair is located in the year 1529. It takes place once a year, is commercially organized and includes a big entertainment program. The Schützenfest consists of around 5,000 marksmen, 250 rides and inns, five large beer-tents and the "Marksmen's Parade". The highlight of this funfair is the 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) long Parade of the Marksmen with more than 10,000 participants from Germany and all over the world, among them around 5.000 marksmen, more than 100 bands and more than 60 wagons, carriages and big festival vehicles. It is the longest parade in Europe, probably in the world. More than 1,5 million people visit this funfair every year. The landmark of the funfair is the 60-metre (200 ft) tall Steiger Ferris wheel which can carry 420 people in its 42 passenger cabins."

The court cards are depictions of "Baller Kalle" (roughly translated, "shooting Karl"), the Schützenfest mascot. The pip cards and Aces have shooting targets.

The deck is a skat deck, complete at 32 cards. The cards are bridge size, measuring 90mm x 59mm, and come in a thin plastic box that may be original.

The cards are "as new." The box is in very good condition, without issues.

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Item ID: T00002527

$30 USD

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