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  • Pete Berthoud

Zodiac, Club Playing Cards

Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - A Pepys Quality Product, Multiple Red & Blue Backed Packs


First Published: 1950s - 1970s, A Pepys Quality Product

Contents: 52 Cards + 2 Jokers


Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - Red Box Front

Perma Playing Cards - Red Box Front


Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - Blue Box Front

Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - Grey Box Front


Zodiac Type I Playing Cards - Ace of Spades

Zodiac Type I Playing Cards - Ace of Spades


Zodiac Type I Playing Cards


Zodiac Type I Playing Cards - Red Back

Zodiac Type Ia Playing Cards - Red Back


Zodiac Type I Playing Cards - Blue Back

Zodiac Type I Playing Cards - Blue Back


Zodiac Type II Playing Cards - Ace of Spades

Zodiac Type II Playing Cards - Ace of Spades


Zodiac Type II Playing Cards


Zodiac Type II Playing Cards - Red Back

Zodiac Type II Playing Cards - Red Back


Zodiac Type II Playing Cards - Blue Back

Zodiac Type II Playing Cards - Blue Back



Zodiac Type II Playing Cards - Sealed Packs


Zodiac Type III - Sealed Box



Zodiac Type V - Sealed Pack



Zodiac Type VI - Sealed Pack


Pepys produced their Zodiac, Club Playing Cards from the 1950s to the 1970s. The basic design of the boxes appears to have been the same throughout. I have included examples of Red and Grey boxes, there were also Blue boxes from Type II onwards and I will add an example when I find one.


Many packs were sold as part of Pepys Bridge sets, in leather or vinyl cases, and these packs were unboxed. Examples of different Pepys Bridge sets are added to the Pepys and Castell Brothers Bridge & Whist Requisites page.


So far I have seen images of 8 different Zodiac card designs and have added 5 of these to this page. As I collect different examples they will be added here.


To describe each design I have used Rex Pitts' typology from Pepys, The Story of The Company and its Games 4th Ed. and the quotes below are from that book.


Type I - "Standard Alf Cooke courts, Joker and Ace of Spades of the type used 1952-1970. Either red box with red backs or grey box with blue backs"


Type II - "Standard Waddington courts but the Ace of Spades is Alf Cooke's 1965-1975 anonymous. Joker is Alf Cooke's 'head only' version. Either red or blue box and backs"


Type III - Not fully illustrated as I only have a sealed red box. "Standard Waddington courts and standing Joker but the Ace os Spades is a Waddington anonymous one. Either red box and backs or blue box and backs."


Type IV - Not illustrated here. "Standard Waddington courts and Joker but the Ace of Spades is a special one where the 'rose/shamrock/thistle' ace has its central portion replaced by three wheels which match the back design on the cards. Either red box and backs or blue box and backs."


Type V & VI - These duty wrapped packs were not included in Rex Pitts' book but were part of his personal collection, he would surely have included them in a revised edition.



Box Details



Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - ​Box Top Red




Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - ​Box Side Left Red



Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - ​Box Base Red



Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - ​Box Side Right Red



Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - ​Box Top Grey



Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - ​Box Side Left Grey



Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - ​Box Base Grey



Zodiac, Club Playing Cards - ​Box Side Right Grey


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