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Friday, November 3, 2017

#871 PIATNIK - AUTO-QUARTETT (Nr. 298) (1963)

What an amazing deck of cards I got! This is now one of the oldest car quartetts I own.

The game has 9 families, some of them are car types (oldtimers, trucks and racing) while other are countries (Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, U.S.A. and a mixture of other countries).

Each car or vehicle is drawn, not photographed, over a (one or two) solid color(s) background. The result is amazing, a real design from the 50s and early 60s.

These set came in a plastic box and is a reedition. Aparently there are earlier versions from 1958 and 1961, I guess the earliest, if not both, came in the cardboard box. Note that in the “Racers” family, there are two models that indicate 1963.
According to Quartett-Blog, there are nine different set for this reference number:
  • 1959-1962: Auto-Quartett, with red Citroen ID 19 (4 different sets)
  • 1963-1967: Auto-Quartett, with yellow Citroen ID 19 (5 different sets)

Some (very few) cards seem to be different from one set to the other, but unfortunately, I have only this one, so I cannot compare.

The back of the cards show a tyre.

  • Name: AUTO QUARTETT (Ref. 298)
  • Year: 1963
  • Company: Piatnik (Austria)


  1. Good Find. (I'm pretty sure I have this in my collection, but it was quite expensive to buy..long ago)

    1. Thanks for the comment, I have already forgotten how much I paid for it, but it was not much. Depending on the version it may be rarer or more common. This one in soap-box is newer than the one in the matchbox-style box, but this does not necessarlily means it is less expensive.
      I don't know as much about card decks to know which are more expensive than others. I just enjoy having them and looking at them.


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