Piatnik “Pack of Royals” Playing Cards, Antony Bird Publisher, Willie Rushton Designs, c.1995Piatnik “Pack of Royals” Playing Cards, Antony Bird Publisher, Willie Rushton Designs, c.1995Piatnik “Pack of Royals” Playing Cards, Antony Bird Publisher, Willie Rushton Designs, c.1995Piatnik “Pack of Royals” Playing Cards, Antony Bird Publisher, Willie Rushton Designs, c.1995Piatnik “Pack of Royals” Playing Cards, Antony Bird Publisher, Willie Rushton Designs, c.1995Piatnik “Pack of Royals” Playing Cards, Antony Bird Publisher, Willie Rushton Designs, c.1995Piatnik “Pack of Royals” Playing Cards, Antony Bird Publisher, Willie Rushton Designs, c.1995

Wonderful deck of cards published by Antony Bird c.1995, featuring the brilliant satiric illustrations of the Royal Family by Willie Rushton. The World Web Playing Card Museum indicates that the cards were made by Piatnik, and I have accepted that attribution.

Rushton passed away in 1996, and an obituary that appeared in the Independent included these words:

“Willie Rushton, the comedian, satirist, author, actor and a man who listed his recreations as ‘losing weight’ and ‘gaining weight’ has died after a heart operation at the age of 59.

“Rushton [was] one of the architects of the Sixties satire boom, co-founding the magazine Private Eye and appearing on the seminal TV programme That Was The Week that Was alongside David Frost in 1962.

“But his versatility was greater than many of his more lauded colleagues. It extended from a stage debut in Spike Milligan's The Bed-Sitting Room in 1961 to the authorship of best selling novels and such reference works as How To Play Football: The Art Of Dirty Play; Pigsticking: A Joy For Life.

“On radio he broadcast in 27 series of the anarchic game show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. As a cartoonist he ranked among the best. Examples of his work are at present on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

“Rushton's genial demeanour and quickfire repartee made his chunky, bearded frame a staple on television comedy and quiz shows from the Sixties onwards.

“And in the last few years he had been enjoying a spirited comeback as a stand up comedian in a double act with his fellow comic Barry Cryer. Their show, Two Old Farts, delighted audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and on subsequent nationwide tours.

“Rushton, who was married with three sons, died at the Cromwell Hospital in London after a short illness, his agent Roger Hancock said. It is understood he had a heart operation, but suffered a reaction.”

The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus a bridge scoring card. It is accompanied by a small booklet in English, French and German that describes Rushton and identifies the persons satirized. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and are housed in the original packaging – an unusual format in which a standard card box fits inside a very sturdy large 2-piece box.

The cards, pamphlet, and both boxes are “as new.”

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Piatnik “Pack of Royals” Playing Cards, Antony Bird Publisher, Willie Rushton Designs, c.1995

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