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Published November 14, 2022 Updated August 21, 2023

Foragers playing cards

Playing cards to help to identify the edible and inedible gifts of nature.

2019 Europe Netherlands Kikkerland Design Koen Campman Botany Education Food & Cooking Nature & Environment Add to Collection
“Foragers playing cards” designed by Koen Campman

Although there is a fair bit of information about each of the plants, berries and mushrooms featured in this pack, it is doubtful whether the illustrations would be sufficient for the purposes of unequivocal identification. Each item depicted is graded according to how edible it is, or whether it is edible after treatment, poisonous, or extremely poisonous/deadly. Further explanations comprise how findable and how recognisable they are, and in what season they appear. The tuck box and one of the extra cards boast that the pack “consists of multiple card games in one”; however, these are not explained or identified. The cards themselves are not good quality, being see-through. See the box

“Foragers playing cards” designed by Koen Campman “Foragers playing cards” designed by Koen Campman “Foragers playing cards” designed by Koen Campman

Above: “Foragers playing cards” designed by Koen Campman for the Kikkerland Design Challenge with the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands, c2019. Published by Kikkerland Design. Made in Lithuania. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 4 extra cards in tuck box. Size: 63 x 88 mm. Purchased at the V&A Museum Shop, London, July 2022.

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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