Cards. Toys with which many games of chance are played, there being four kinds, and 13 of each kind, so as to cause by shuffling and dealing, an infinite variety of combinations, and afford inexhaustible amusement ; which, if not abused by large stakes, is, at least, an innocent mode of passing time among idle persons, and of relaxation among others of serious pursuits. They were invented in the age of Edward III. and their costume and mode of manufacturing by block-printing are continued to this day. In truth, the making of them must have suggested the art of block-printing to the first printers, the one being but a slight variation of the other.