Sometimes known as “Drivers and crew” this pack was produced by Nintendo in 1978. The colourful cartoon court cards wear helmets and are engaged in activities related to motor sport, and the single special joker is signed, presumably by the artist, “K. Ando”. With the exception of the ace of spades, which displays a black & white checkered flag inside a laurel wreath, the remaining aces and court 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 Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
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
Dondorf Jägerkarte Nr. 465 playing cards dedicated to the theme of hunting, c.1930.
Commemorative Olympic Playing Cards produced by Waddingtons exclusively for Stanley Gibbons Antiquar...
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Two very remarkable tarots by the award winning Dutch cartoonist Marcel Ruijters.
Centennial Olympic Games playing cards celebrating the centenary of the modern Olympic Games, 1896-1...
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney characters on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Traditional Italian card game with comic designs by Benito Jacovitti.
Bicycle Negro League Baseball Museum souvenir playing cards, USA, 2012.
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....
Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
Cyclists from the Domex-Weinmann team who took part in the 1989 Tour de France.
Photos of American football players representing the University of Alabama in 1972.
‘Scarfes Bar’ satirical playing cards with cartoons by Gerald Scarfe, United Kingdom.
Standard international pattern playing cards made in occupied Japan, c.1950.
The Cooper Union caricature playing cards illustrated by Gerry Gersten, United States, c. 1987
Commedia dell’Carte political transformation cards illustrated by Stef van Stiphout, Belgium, 1977. ...
Colour photographs of the World Cup-winning French football squad of 2018.
54 different colour photographs of steam locomotives from around the world.
Preposterous playing cards by Simon Drew published by British Heritage Ltd, Herts.