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Ranks and Suits - The Anatomy of Decks of Cards
Markus M.
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I'm fascinated by playing cards. Maybe it's because I got (and actually read through) Sid Sackson's Card Games Around the World as a kid or maybe it's because I come from a region that has its own traditional pattern of playing cards and that borders regions in which other patterns (or even other suits) are used.

So, I was looking for a list that provided a breakdown of different decks of cards by rank and suit and was a bit surprised when I couldn't find any (which probably only means I didn't look hard enough). On the off-chance that one really doesn't already exist, I decided to try and make this the subject of my first GeekList. I hope somebody else finds this useful and/or interesting.

This is still a work in progress, but feel free to add your own, just try to follow the pattern set by my posts and find an image that shows actual cards in as many suits as possible, name the suits in the same order as they appear in the image and colour them if appropriate. Thanks and enjoy!

Also, I'm unsure how to best sort this list. Currently it's the traditional decks first followed by the others manually sorted by rank. Suggestions welcome! Edit: I've changed it to Sort by Rank for now.

Useful resources on the Geek, but not quite what I was looking for:
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1. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:108]
Markus M.
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56 cards:
13 ranks: 2-10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace
in 4 suits: Stars, Swords, Pagodas, Jade
4 unsuited cards: Mah Jong, Dog, Phoenix, Dragon
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2. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:161]
Markus M.
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60 cards:
10 ranks: 1-10
in 6 suits: Orange, Red, Green, Blue, Violet, Yellow

In addition to that, the game also comes with a separate deck of 10 tactics cards (all different) and 9 flags.
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3. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:260]
Markus M.
Germany
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60 cards:
10 ranks: 3 × 1, 2 × 2-4, 1 × 5
in 6 suits: Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Green, Multicolor
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4. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:287]
Markus M.
Germany
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60 cards:
12 ranks: 3 × Handshake, 2-10
in 5 suits: Desert, Volcano, Glacier, Jungle, Ocean
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5. Board Game: Arboretum [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:336]
Chris Hartman
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80 cards:
8 ranks: 1-8
10 suits: (colors, trees, beautiful images.)
 
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6. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:372]
Markus M.
Germany
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54 cards:
9 ranks: 1-9
in 6 suits: Blue, Yellow, Violet, Lime, Red, Green
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7. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:392]
Markus M.
Germany
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33 cards:
33 ranks: 3-35
in a single suit: Numbers

In addition to that, the game also comes with 55 chips.
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8. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:442]
Wendell
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Ohio
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Four identical decks of 50 cards (so a total of 200). Each deck has:

- 12 ranks: 2-13, in four suits: Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades, AND
- Two "reserve" cards worth 1 or 10, which can be used as any suit

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9. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:470]
Markus M.
Germany
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76 cards:
9 unranked cards
in 7 suits: Brown, Violet, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red
13 unsuited cards: 3 × Joker, 10 × +2
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10. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:562]
Markus M.
Germany
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104 cards:
104 ranks: 1-104
in a single suit: Numbers
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11. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:633]
 
Chad Smith
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Saint Louis
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60 Playing Cards, numbered 1-15 in the four standard suits
6 Player Aid cards
6 Vaults
110 small clear (1-point) Diamond Crystals
25 large red (5-point) Diamond Crystals
Rules
 
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12. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:655]
Markus M.
Germany
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54 cards:
9 ranks: 2-10
in 5 suits: Rectangles, Circles, Swirls, Bands, Squares
9 unsuited cards: 3 × Jack, 3 × Queen, 3 × King
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13. Board Game: Wizard [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:668]
Markus M.
Germany
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60 cards:
13 ranks: 1-13
in 4 suits: Axes, Swords, Bows, Clubs
8 unsuited cards: 4 × Wizard, 4 × Jester

OR (depending on edition)

60 cards:
13 ranks: 2-10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace
in 4 suits: Hearts, Spades, Diamonds, Clubs
8 unsuited cards: 4 × Wizard, 4 × Jester
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14. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:673]
Markus M.
Germany
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66 cards:
11 ranks: 0-10
in 6 suits: Cheshire Cat, Alice, Dodo, White Rabbit, Humpty Dumpty, Mad Hatter (colours vary depending on edition)
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15. Board Game: Linko! [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:687]
Chad Smith
United States
Saint Louis
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Linko! was originally called Abluxxen

There are 110 cards total


* 104 number cards (8 of each ranks 1-13, each number has its own color)
* 5 Joker cards ("X")
* 1 Linko (Abluxxen) card
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16. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:718] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Adrian Hague
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Bristol
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Standard 52 card deck with two Jokers per deck.
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17. Board Game: Sticheln [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:780]
Markus M.
Germany
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120 cards:
19 ranks: 0-18
in 6 suits: Purple, Green, Red, Yellow, Brown, Blue
2 additional ranks: 19-20
in 3 suits: Green, Red, Blue

OR (depending on edition)

90 cards:
15 ranks: 0-14
in 6 suits: Purple, Green, Red, Yellow, Grey, Blue
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18. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:790]
Markus M.
Germany
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60 cards:
12 ranks: 0-9, with 2 × 1 and 2 × 7
in 5 suits: Unicorns, Dragons, Hedgehogs, Phoenix, Panthers
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19. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:886]
Markus M.
Germany
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108 cards:

60 ranks: 1-60
in a single suit: Weather

2 × 12 ranks: 1-12
in a single suit: Water Levels

24 unranked and unsuited Life Preserver cards
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20. Board Game: Sluff Off! [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1001]
 
Markus M.
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75 cards:
15 ranks: 1-15
in 5 suits: Yellow, Blue, Purple, Red, Green

In addition to that, the game also contains a pawn and 27 chips in various colours.
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21. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1067]
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37 cards
cards numbered 1-37
in 3 suits:
yellow: 1,2,3,5,7,9,12,15,18,22,25,28
blue: 4,6,8,10,13,17,20,24,27,30,32,34
red: 11,14,16,21,23,26,29,31,33,35,36,37
card 19 has no colour.

game also contain a bottle pawn
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22. Board Game: The Great Dalmuti [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1112]
Markus M.
Germany
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80 cards:
78 ranked cards: 1 × 1, 2 × 2,... 12 × 12
2 unranked Jesters
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23. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1181]
Markus M.
Germany
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81 cards:

3 ranks: 1-3
in 3 colours: Red, Green, Purple
in 3 shadings: Filled, =Striped=, Hollow
in 3 shapes: Diamonds, Ovals, Waves
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24. Board Game: Nyet! [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1204]
Markus M.
Germany
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40 cards:
10 ranks: 1-9, with 2 × 1
in 4 suits: Stars, Compasses, Sickles, Hammers

In addition to that, the game also comes with 4 character cards, 15 chips and a board.
 
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25. Board Game: Cockroach Poker [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1243]
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64 cards:
8 types of pests (cockroaches, bats, mice, flies, stink bugs, scorpions, spiders, frogs)
unranked
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