This 36-card pack was produced in 1993 by BADPPR (Belarussian Association of Detective, Popular, and Adventure Novels). This publisher can apparently produce novels in a matter of days and today is in the forefront of the pulp novel business. This unusual non-standard pack may reflect the characters of one of their publications. The aces portray “toy-like” castles, while the courts appear to be wearing medieval costumes. The jack of spades is a pig blowing a horn; the king of clubs is a knight in armour; and the queen of spades bares one breast.
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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Official souvenir pack showing 52 coloured exhibits from the New York World’s Fair, 1964-6.
‘Century of Progress’ Exposition playing cards produced by Western Playing Card Company, USA, 1933. ...
Multicoloured Belgian/Genoese pattern cards, probably printed by Fournier for Lebanon.
New York City souvenir playing cards with 53 different views of interest, USA, 1915.
Nation’s capital souvenir playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 19...
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
A celebration of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, politicians and poets.
Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.
‘Amusements and Attractions’ playing cards showing the fun and excitement of America’s amusement par...
Pack devised by Volker Scheub depicting characters associated with the city of Tübingen.
Famous people and places of the Somme department in northern France, with designs by James Hodges.
Icelandic picture playing cards with photography by Gudmundur Ingólfsson.
Oxford Gargoyles souvenir playing cards published by Chris Donaghue Photography, Oxford, UK.
Texas Sesquicentennial commemoration playing cards produced by Alief Products Company in 1985.
New Orleans and Gulf souvenir playing cards from c1900 reprinted for the 52 Plus Joker Convention in...
52 different colour pictures of Singapore, Malaya and Borneo from the early 1960s.
Seaboard Air Line Railway souvenir playing cards made by USPC Co., USA, c1910.
‘Treasures of the Hermitage Museum’ souvenir playing cards (‘Shedevry Ermitazha’), Russia.