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Published August 20, 2015 Updated June 08, 2022

Sense of Bulgaria

Stylish Bulgarian souvenir playing cards with a different photo on every card, c.2000-2010.

Bulgaria Land of Roses Ltd Souvenir 2010

This stylish pack of Bulgarian souvenir playing cards, with a different colour photo on every card, was produced by “Land of Roses Ltd” for the English speaking tourist market c.2000-2010. The queens have ‘D’ as an index, whilst the jacks and kings have ‘J’ and ‘K’. We are not aware of any other cases of indices using J,D,K, A. Of added interest are the translation errors on the box which should have been proof read before printing.

Bulgarian souvenir playing cards c.2000-2010

Above: Bulgarian souvenir playing cards produced by "Land of Roses Ltd" for the English speaking tourist market, probably around 2000-2010. Images courtesy Matt Probert.

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By Matt Probert

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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.


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