Bahamas in Colour playing cards contains 54 cards including 2 Jokers. The court cards are non-standard, though loosely based on the standard English pack. The Aces and pip cards display photographs of the natural attractions of the islands – birds, beaches, flora and fauna, marine life – as well as the man-made attractions such as the Atlantis Hotel (2 of Clubs; 8 of Hearts) on Paradise Island. The word “BAHAMAS” runs vertically on each side of every card. The pack was produced by Executive Printers of the Bahamas Ltd., Nassau, and is copyrighted 2010.
Member since July 27, 2022
I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.
Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.
Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.
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