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Playing cards were known in Muscovy as early as the last quarter of the sixteenth century.

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Hermits 2014


Playing cards depicting imagined residents of St. Petersburg with illustrations by Alexei Bobrinsky.

Historical playing cards, 1897 1897

Historical playing cards, 1897

Russian “Historical” playing cards with designs by Nikolay Karazin, 1897

History of the Russian Revolution 2021

History of the Russian Revolution

A pack of playing cards about the Russian Revolution, USA, c. 2021.

Hotel Lena 2001

Hotel Lena

Hotel Lena playing cards published by Bichik in Yakutsk in 2001.

Hunting playing cards 2005

Hunting playing cards

Hunting playing cards / “Okhotnich’i karty” with illustrations by the court artist Mihály Zichy.

Karty Derzhavnye 1997

Karty Derzhavnye

Karty Derzhavnye (Sovereign cards) with artwork by S. Zaitsev, Russia, 1997.

Karty Lyubvi

Karty Lyubvi

Karty lyubvi Slavyanskie (Slavonic love cards) and Karty lyubvi Starinnye (Ancient love cards).

Kashmir Playing Cards 2005

Kashmir Playing Cards

Kashmir playing cards designed by Lev Liberman and printed by Printissa, Saint Petersburg, 2005.

Kolotushki 2000


Kolotushki playing cards designed by Vitalii Buslovskikh, Russia, 2000.

Komandirskie [Commanders] 1997

Komandirskie [Commanders]

‘Komandirskie’ military-themed playing cards from Russia, 1997.

La Traviata 1985

La Traviata

“La Traviata” playing cards designed by Erté, c.1985.

Lubok playing cards 1984

Lubok playing cards

Lubok playing cards designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov. Russia, 1984.

Madam Luck 1998

Madam Luck

“Madam Luck” playing cards designed by B. Adziev, 1998.

Matryoshka playing cards

Matryoshka playing cards

The first nested doll set was carved in 1890.

Maya 1975


“Maya” playing cards designed by Russian artist V. M. Sveshnikov and first published by The Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg, in 1975.

Miner’s Cards for Rutek Alliance 2012

Miner’s Cards for Rutek Alliance

Miner’s Cards for the Czech company Rutek Alliance, 2012.

Ministry of Emergency Situations 2002

Ministry of Emergency Situations

Emergency response playing cards published by the Kombinat Tsvetnoi Pechati (Colour Printing Combine), St Petersburg, 2002.

Moscow Poker 2013

Moscow Poker

“Moscow” - from the Soviet series produced by Sprint, Ivanovo, 2013.

New Figures by A. I. Charlemagne, 1862 1862

New Figures by A. I. Charlemagne, 1862

“Renaissance” playing card designed by A I Charlemagne 1862. but not published until 2018.

New Style ‘Jugendstil’ 1911

New Style ‘Jugendstil’

Playing cards showing the influence of ‘Jugendstil’ manufactured by the Soviet Playing Card Monopoly (U.S.S.R.).