This plastic coated 54 card pack includes two Jokers – a Red Joker and a Black Joker. Each colourful card displays as many as three different birds native to Southern Africa. It was published by Sapra Studio, Nairobi, Kenya but was probably printed by Modiano of Italy. The double ended reverse portrays flamingos.
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 King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
‘Gone to Pot’: special playing cards for keen gardeners, United Kingdom.
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
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...
‘Unique Australian Animals’ educational playing cards designed by Lawton Ho, Australia, 2004.
Greenpeace anti-nuclear pack with facts and figures, United Kingdom, 2003.
Crop Circles collectable playing cards with photography by Lucy Pringle, United Kingdom, 2007.
Margaret Parrott playing cards decorated with whimsical parrots, USA, c. 1997.
54 different endangered species depicted in full colour published by Safari Limited, Ojus, Florida, ...
A Bouquet of Pheasants playing cards produced by Jennifer Gaudion, United Kingdom, 2019.
‘Fishing for Compliments’ playing cards created by Pixel Initiative, illustrated by Stacey Jay Kelly...
“Island 2000 Trust” sustainability project playing cards, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, c. 2005.
Knot playing cards intended to teach a variety of useful and interesting knots, USA, 2000.
“Get Bear Smart” playing cards published by the Get Bear Smart Society, Canada, 2005.
Animal Aid playing cards with anti-shooting cartoons created by Steve Hutton.
Playing cards featuring original botanical paintings by Mrs. Sidney Eliza Forster from the 1890s.
Cartoon-style illustrations promoting a Belgian organisation for scouts and guides.
Different scenes from the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia, drawn by Colin Daniels.
Hillbaggers Top 52 playing cards designed by Caroline McCann, 2019.
Whales and penguins as seen through the eyes of marine life artist Robert Wyland.
Skat deck produced by opponents of atomic energy and the dumping of radioactive waste.
Colour photographs of East African wildlife published by the East Africa Tourist Travel Association,...