This undated souvenir pack was published by Nintendo for the Kushimoto Marine Park, and each of the 52 suited cards and two jokers card display a different sea shell, with Japanese and English language descriptions.
Kushimoto Marine Park was the first marine park established in Japan and is located along the Sabiura Coast in Kushimoto, the southern-most point of Honshu, Japan where the sea water is clear and warm all the year round and inhabited by corals and colourful tropical fish.
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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 King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” video game characters on playing cards, Japan, 2008
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
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...
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
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.
History meets pop culture in a 36-card set that pays tribute to Lenormand's legacy and the colourful...
Men's and ladies fashion playing cards published for the Seiko Corporation by Nintendo, Japan, 1971....
Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.
This set of Ganjifa cards is a beautiful example of traditional cards from India.
Playing cards documenting the James Bay hydro-electricity project on the La Grande River in north-we...
‘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.
‘Unique Australian Animals’ educational playing cards designed by Lawton Ho, Australia, 2004.
Famous people and places of the Somme department in northern France, with designs by James Hodges.