The World of Playing Cards Logo

Tobago playing cards

Published September 12, 2022 Updated September 12, 2022

Tobago playing cards designed by Boriss Mitins, 2004.

2004 Latvia Tobago Casino Club Boriss Mitins Pirates Add to Collection
Tobago playing cards, Latvia, 2004

This pack of 52 cards and 2 Jokers was published by the Tobago Casino Club (located in the basement of Hotel Riga, Aspazijas Boulevard 22, Riga, Latvia). A reviewer of this casino wrote: “This casino has the characteristics of a Pirate ship, pirate and buccaneer themed decor. The dealers are dressed as pirates”. Not surprisingly therefore the court cards portray named pirates of the Caribbean, artistically designed by Boriss Mitins. The Aces show typical pirate-associated artefacts (cutlasses, playing cards, swords, rope, pirate flag etc.), while the pip cards are standard. See the box

The pack was published in a limited edition of 1000. The box refers to “2004 series playing cards” which might suggest that the casino produced a different pack each year.

Tobago playing cards, Latvia, 2004 Tobago playing cards, Latvia, 2004 Tobago playing cards, Latvia, 2004

Above: Tobago playing cards published by the Tobago Casino Club, Latvia, 2004. Limited edition of 1000 packs.

515 Articles

By Peter Burnett

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.

Russian Playing Cards

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.

Related Articles

Woodblock and Stencil Joker

Woodblock and Stencil Joker

A limited edition art print of the 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Clubs

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Clubs

A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Hearts

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Hearts

A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Queen of Clubs

Woodblock and Stencil Queen of Clubs

A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.

2009 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.

2006 Famous Pirates (2006)

Famous Pirates (2006)

Famous Pirates playing cards with artworks, prints, artefacts & pirate sayings, USA, 2006.

2015 Pictures of Riga

Pictures of Riga

Playing cards with colour photos of buildings and monuments in and around Riga.

2010 Riga Souvenir playing cards

Riga Souvenir playing cards

54 different photographs of Riga, Latvia’s capital.

2005 Souvenir playing cards

Souvenir playing cards

“Souvenir Playing Cards” featuring drawings and sketches of late 18th century Riga by Johann Christo...

2004 Tobago playing cards

Tobago playing cards

Tobago playing cards designed by Boriss Mitins, 2004.

2020 Sirocco Playing Cards

Sirocco Playing Cards

Sirocco, nautical themed playing cards by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co. and designed by Nathan Ose...

2017 Wink Playing Cards

Wink Playing Cards

A pack of 53 temporary tattoo designs published by Wink, Riga, Latvia, c.2017.

2007 Famous Pirates (2007)

Famous Pirates (2007)

Playing Cards of Famous Pirates published by PostCardusa, 2007.

1989 Four Races

Four Races

“Four Races” playing cards designed by Latvian artist Vilnis Rasa in 1989.

1958 Corsaires et Flibustiers

Corsaires et Flibustiers

“Corsaires et Flibustiers” playing cards created by G. Delluc and published by Éditions Philibert, P...

1885 Ship Sails

Ship Sails

“Ship Sails” card game c.1885.

1984 Pirates et Corsaires

Pirates et Corsaires

“Pirates et Corsaires” playing cards illustrated by Jean Bruneau, 1984.

1950 Highwayman


The game of “Highwayman” published by Chad Valley Company in c.1950 simulates travelling on old Coac...

Poker Faces

Poker Faces

Poker Faces playing cards were illustrated by Alex Elsen and published by Verlag Um Die Ecke, German...

2013 Seven Seas Playing Cards

Seven Seas Playing Cards

The deck is about the dichotomy of a life at sea. Exploring famous sailors, explorers, pirates, and ...

2014 Steampunk Pirates

Steampunk Pirates

The deck has been inspired by pirates and swashbuckling and the world of Steampunk, a science-fictio...

2011 Pirate Playing Cards

Pirate Playing Cards

A recurring motif is the symbolism of life and death, playfully rendered in these marvellous cards, ...

2003 Latvia Art

Latvia Art

Playing cards designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of the Latvian folk epic “L...

1936 Zole


Alfreds Scwedrevitz playing card designs used to advertise Zole Vodka but which were never published...

1918 Orija Nr.20

Orija Nr.20

Reprint of “Lettische Trachten” deck first published in Latvia in 1918.

2001 Privātā


The editors of “Privātā Dzīve” magazine conceived the idea for this new pack, which was designed by ...

Karlis Krauze

Karlis Krauze

Latvian Patience Cards designed by Karlis Krauze, mid 1930s

Black Peter, c.1940

Black Peter, c.1940

Black Peter card deck for children printed in Riga during World War II, believed to have been design...

1936 Alfreds Scwedrevitz

Alfreds Scwedrevitz

This pack was issued during wartime, in 1936, under the name “Latvian Red Cross Cards No.7”.

Latvian Playing Cards

Latvian Playing Cards

The best Latvian playing cards were produced just after independence, during the period 1921-1942.

1936 Karlis Padegs

Karlis Padegs

Karlis Padegs (1911-1940) was a Latvian artist who designed 17 playing cards in 1936 - joker, aces, ...

1921 Rihards Zarinš

Rihards Zarinš

Playing cards designed by Rihards Zarinš, 1921. Latvian indices and with heraldic and hunting m...

1923 Stefans Bercs

Stefans Bercs

In 1923 a competition was announced for a new Latvian pack. The winner of this competition was Stefa...

1932 Reinholds Kasparsons

Reinholds Kasparsons

Reinholds Kasparsons, a popular Latvian illustrator of the day, designed this pack which was publish...