Nepal is amongst the richest countries in Asia for bird watching with about 874 species recorded. The 54 cards in this pack show photos taken by P. Pradhan from popular bird-watching spots from 1998-2010: Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, Lumbini, Bardia and Koshi Tappu. Each photo includes the common name of the bird, the scientific name and location.
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 Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
‘Gone to Pot’: special playing cards for keen gardeners, United Kingdom.
Egg-shaped cards created by Rodolfo Krasno employing photographic images by Michel Leclerc.
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, Czech Republic,
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.
‘Baraja Fiesta Taurina’ bullfight playing cards published by Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1975.
Greenpeace anti-nuclear pack with facts and figures, United Kingdom, 2003.
Crop Circles collectable playing cards with photography by Lucy Pringle, United Kingdom, 2007.
Icelandic picture playing cards with photography by Gudmundur Ingólfsson.
Colourful advertising pack for Ilford designed by Mario Grasso, based on standard English courts.
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.
Key West and the Florida Keys playing cards with photography by Werner J. Bertsch and Larry Lipsky. ...
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.
“Spielkarten in Bromsilber-Photographie” facsimile edition by Vito Arienti of Edizioni del Solleone,...
Maldives pictorial souvenir playing cards produced by Fantasy, of Malé, Maldives, 1993.