June 2022


It was the busiest month of the year so far. It started with the collectors day at the museum in Turnhout on the 4th and after that sales went on at the Bargains section. I completed a sale to a collector who had asked me about a deck that I couldn't find at that time. This week I stumbled upon it and because it wasn't shown anywhere on this site yet and I needed a deck for this spot badly...... here it is.

But after having scanned the necessary cards a problem arose. The sticker on the holder had come off, so there was no reference number to find the appropriate file card with info. I turned to the WWPCM and the WOPC sites, but that deck wasn't found there. So now I can only tell what I know about it by heart and that's not much. It's French, published for  L.B (?) and it was designed by Rudolf Kundera. For the rest I am as blind as these eyeless courts. Although I think it was published around 1960, maker and exact year are unknown to me. And who or what is this L.B? So, my fellow collectors, once more I ask you to help me out and provide the requested info. Of course your name will be mentioned here, when I add it to this page.

Rudolf Kundera was a Czech artist, who was born there in Brünn in 1911, but has lived in France since 1939. He was referred to the Art Academy in Prague by Alfons Mucha in 1930. He finished his education there in 1936 and was offered a scholarship in Rome. After his return to Czechoslovakia he fled the country after WWII had started in 1939. He lived in Paris until the German occupation in 1942, when he went to the South of France and became part of the entourage of countess Lily Pastré in Marseille. After the war he returned to Paris. He married twice. First with the Dutch Maud Blankenburg in 1950, with whom he had 2 daughters, and in 1964 with Claude Favel, with whom he had 2 sons. During his life he had some 50 expositions in different European cities and in the US. He's known as a realistic painter and a colorist. This is not the only deck of cards he has created. In 1963/64 he designed a deck for the Navigation Mixte, named "Les Divinités de la Mer" He died in 2005.

So for now, enjoy these loosely designed courts in 3 colours and ponder a bit about a reason for the eyeless faces.



No aces to show here: they are all as plain as can be.



The deck consists of 52 cards, 2 jokers and 2 extra cards.

The (similar) extra cards can be used to replace a card when damaged or lost by "gently" encircling the card value;
  It came in a green soft plastic holder for 2 decks, shaped as 2 books on the outside, with LB on the each of the book backs.