playing cards

Incomplete set of 120 playing cards, one missing. Each card is made of a narrow strip of paper with on the front a design printed in black and red to represent the suit and value of the card. The cards are orange on the reverse. There are two Chinese characters “万贯, wàn guan” at the top of the playing card which literally mean ‘vast wealth’.

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