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Published August 09, 2016 Updated June 08, 2022

Fish Playing Cards

Fish Playing Cards for Maldives by Parksons Games.

2005 Maldives Bamboo Souvenirs Ismail Rasheed Souvenirs Parksons Education Nature & Environment Add to Collection

Fish identification playing cards published by the Bamboo Souvenir Shop, Republic of Maldives, the companion to Maldives Scenery playing cards. Each card has a full-colour painting of a different fish. See the Extra Card

Fish Playing Cards by Bamboo Fish Playing Cards by Bamboo Fish Playing Cards by Bamboo

Above: Fish Playing Cards by Bamboo Souvenir Shop, Maldives. Made in India, probably manufactured by Parkson Press. 52 cards + 2 jokers + extra card.


Update courtesy Roddy Somerville

Different fish of the Maldives. Made by Parksons Games, Mumbai, India, for Ismail Rasheed Souvenirs, Male, Maldives, c.2005.

Fifty-two different fish of the Maldives in full colour. Horizontal format. It appears that different souvenir shops in the Maldives may have had very similar sets of cards made for them by Parksons but with slight differences. Compare this pack with Fish Playing Cards shown above and you will see that some images are the same and some are different (including the Joker). Also, in this pack the size of the fish includes a space between the number and the size in cm. The back design has a white border. See the sleeve

Fish Playing Cards by Parksons Games, Mumbai, India, for Ismail Rasheed Souvenirs, Male, Maldives, c.2005 Fish Playing Cards by Parksons Games, Mumbai, India, for Ismail Rasheed Souvenirs, Male, Maldives, c.2005

Above: different fish of the Maldives. Made by Parksons Games, Mumbai, India, for Ismail Rasheed Souvenirs, Male, Maldives, c.2005. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 extra card in clear plastic box. Poker size. All plastic.

Personal note: I know that these Fish packs were made by Parksons Games as I was given one as a gift/sample by one of their representatives at a trade show. Concerning the name of the manufacturer, it has at various times been Parksons, Parksons Press, Parksons Games, and Parksons Games & Sports. It is now part of the Cartamundi empire and is called Parksons Cartamundi Pvt Ltd - Roddy Somerville.

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