Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is an action-adventure video game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami for the PlayStation 3. It was directed by Hideo Kojima. The game was released on June 12, 2008 and by 2014 six million copies worldwide had been sold.
This pack was published simultaneously in 2008 and the cards depict characters from the video game. The characters are repeated in each suit, and there are two different jokers, resulting in only 15 different images, all set against the same sombre grey and black background. The card back is repeated on the front of the tuck box.
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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 Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
Miniature cards in sheet form with Sylvanian Families characters on the courts and Jokers.
“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” video game characters on playing cards, Japan, 2008
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
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....
This tarot deck pays tribute to the golden age of pixelated video games, drawing inspiration from th...
Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
Fully pictorial pack featuring rockets, satellites, scientists and views from space.
Standard international pattern playing cards made in occupied Japan, c.1950.
54 different colour photographs of steam locomotives from around the world.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated tarot deck produced by Marcus Katz. Is this science fiction o...
Sushi playing cards illustrating different types and styles of sushi, USA, 2004.
Disney themed playing cards featuring Mickey Mouse and his friends; available at Tokyo Disneyland in...
McDonald’s Playing Cards for the Japanese market featuring McDonald's characters that appear in comm...
TikTok Tarot is a unique tarot deck that puts a modern spin on the Rider-Waite format; with TikTok-i...
Courts in medieval costume holding both French and Italian/Spanish suit-signs.
Promotional pack for a brand of Japanese whisky, featuring comic Wild West characters.
Advertising pack for Japanese fashion and lifestyle business featuring different national and region...
Colourful advertising pack for Fujitsu Limited, reminiscent of the flower power/psychedelic era.
Nipponia Playing Cards are a Japanese-themed playing cards featuring samurai, kunoichi and oiran. De...