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Poker Quest

Poker Quest: edition spéciale, 400e anniversaire de la ville de Quebec, Canada, c. 2008.

2008 Canada KebekAmuse Inc Commemorative Poker Add to Collection

KebekAmuse Inc., the publisher of this pack, is a Quebec publishing house that offers a variety of themed quizzes for people of all ages. In this case the quiz celebrates the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Quebec in 1608. Each card poses a question, in French, relating to the city’s history and provides the answer immediately below. There are 2 jokers and 2 extra cards explaining the rules of poker. See the box

‘Poker Quest: edition spéciale’ playing cards published by KebekAmuse Inc, c.2008 ‘Poker Quest: edition spéciale’ playing cards published by KebekAmuse Inc, c.2008 ‘Poker Quest: edition spéciale’ playing cards published by KebekAmuse Inc, c.2008

Above: ‘Poker Quest: edition spéciale’ playing cards published by KebekAmuse Inc, c.2008.

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By Peter Burnett

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.

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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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