In 1978 the Peter Gadella printing office designed, printed and published this deck with a truly "Dutch" pattern and of course scenic aces too. Although double ended, both images are identical on each ace. They show  rural scenes  from the province of Utrecht. It came in 2 editions, 500 decks in total. In the second edition the backside of the cards got a plastic coating too, making them easier to shuffle and play with.


This deck is also a private edition. It was conceived, designed, printed and published by Piet Rijswijk from Leusden in 1988. Offset, on plain card. It was produced as a trading object for other collectors. Only 150 copies of the "Familia" deck were printed.
The courts are inspired by the international pattern, but we find "teaching" Kings, "caring" Queens and "reading" Jacks. The aces show Piet's impressions of visited holiday destinations, mostly major European cities. There are 3 "collecting" Jokers with the deck.


The not very often used technique of silkscreen printing was used by Drukkerij Thijs to create this deck in 1989. It was published in a limited edition of 300 numbered decks to commemorate the 150th anniversary of a town with a great  name for Scrable: Gasselternijveenschemond. The deck was locally conceived, produced and printed. Only the designer, Johann Rietberg, wasn't local. The drawings on the courts and scenic aces are artist's impressions of the local history and occupations, which involved the production of peat bricks from the local peat-moors.


The "Vereniging Aak" from Wieringerwerf  published the "Wieringer Speelkaarten" deck in 1995. It was printed in offset on plastified, regular card by Grab BV from Bassingerhorn and designed by Marc Dorleyn from Hoorn. The Vereniging Aak is a society that stands for the preservation of the "Aak", a local ship that was once used on the Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer) for transportation. The organization is based on the former island of Wieringen. This deck was published as the annual gift to their members in 1995 and was also given to sponsors.


So it is not a surprise to see local costumes on the courts and views from Wieringen on the aces. But the designer wasn't a pro in playing cards. He has placed the indices in the right top corner on all aces and courts, except the queens. Maybe he himself is left-handed, but right-handed players -and there's a clear majority of them- will not be able to play with these cards.


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