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Published July 26, 2023 Updated July 26, 2023

Motoveteráni

‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, Czech Republic,

2012 Czech Republic Petr Mičánek Robert Sobčák Photography Transport Add to Collection

This attractive pack shows some of the 160 motorcycles displayed in the motorcycle museum in Chlumčany, Czech Republic, which was opened in 2011. The museum's collections include complete pre-war lines of JAWA, ČZ and Praga motorcycles. The exhibition also includes a complete collection of ČZ and ESO motocross specials.

The pack, which is undated but clearly post-2011, features the photographs of Robert Sobčák, and was published by Petr Mičánek, a publisher of card games, playing cards, colouring books and promotional materials since 2010.

All the cards display different named motorcycles: the aces show a single motorcycle displayed horizontally; the court cards show double-ended motorcycles, while the pip cards display a single motorcycle at the bottom, with the pips arranged symmetrically above. There are two identical jokers and an extra card promoting the publisher. See the box

‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, published by Petr Mičánek, Czech Republic ‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, published by Petr Mičánek, Czech Republic ‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, published by Petr Mičánek, Czech Republic

Above: ‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, published by Petr Mičánek, Czech Republic, after 2011.

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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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