This pack of rare cards was printed by Colourprint Ltd. for Ines May-Publicity, Nairobi, c. 1970. The cards are not laminated and feature Kenyan natives on the court cards and Jokers. Karata appears to be a card game commonly played in Kenya.
Another pack with identical courts and jokers, but with a different reverse and a smooth finish was published by the East African Wild Life Society, Nairobi.
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 Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
Hawaiian playing cards in the style of classic Hawaiian wood carvings, USA, 2015.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
African art and symbolism on playing cards designed by John J. Beckvermit III, USA, 1994.
Pacific Northwest native Indian masks with artwork by Margaret Parrott, USA, 1992.
A pack with court cards reflecting different ethnic and cultural groups found in Ethiopia.
Courts and Aces inspired by Polynesian history and culture designed by Michèle Feltrin.
Nipponia Playing Cards are a Japanese-themed playing cards featuring samurai, kunoichi and oiran. De...
Figures from Hawaiian history and scenes of everyday life designed by Joseph Feher.
According to the United Nations there are 54 countries on the continent of Africa
Drum playing cards depicting demographically diverse Africans of different ethnicities.
Playing cards depicting paintings of Traditional Nomadic Life of Mongolia.
Playing cards reflecting the history and culture of Suriname, on the northeastern coast of South Ame...
Colour photographs of East African wildlife published by the East Africa Tourist Travel Association,...
Sapra Studio Original playing cards beautifully illustrated with birds of Southern Africa.
Andalusian playing cards designed by Marifé Montoya Carrillo with booklet by Jorge Lirola Delgado, 2...
54 colour photographs of costumes and artefacts connected with the Inca civilisation, unknown publis...
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.
A colourful pack of round cards with Ganjifa designs by Asha Industries, Mumbai, India, 2002.
Pack designed for La Maison de L’Artisanat Ltée, Mauritius, by Hervé de Cotter.
Non-standard designs on Nepalese handmade paper for Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu, Nepal, c.2000.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” re...
Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990....