When one thinks of Seiko one immediately thinks of high-quality wrist watches, clocks and electronic devices. However, this pack, published by Nintendo in 1971, should not be confused with Seiko watches (which began in 1881). The pack was published for the Seiko Corporation (established in 1950) for planning, manufacturing and sales of men's and ladies cut & sewn products, and rather than celebrating watches, the court cards and the two identical jokers display colourful examples of men and women’s fashion clothing. With the exception of a special ace of spades, the remaining aces and pip cards are standard.
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.
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.
“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” video game characters on playing cards, Japan, 2008
Typical costumes and views of Alsace together with lists of the principal sights.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
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....
Britney Spears Oracle: A Deck and Guidebook to Be Stronger Than Yesterday — a card set for Britney f...
Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
Elegant fashion costume deck published by O. Gibert, Paris c.1860.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Celebrating the costumes, architecture, coins and crafts of Aragon in Spain, with designs by Raúl Ro...
Standard international pattern playing cards made in occupied Japan, c.1950.
Costumes, masks and symbols from the island of Sardinia, with designs by Luciano Dettori and Tonino ...
54 different colour photographs of steam locomotives from around the world.
Hackett Magical Christmas Gift Guide playing cards, United Kingdom, 2017.
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...
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.