Peter BurnettMember 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.
“Les métiers et leurs protecteurs” playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, c. 1995.
‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” video game characters on playing cards, Japan, 2008
Umbrella Academy playing cards created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, USA, 2019.
Romeo and Juliet playing cards illustrated by Belgian artist Virginie Carquin 2016.
Photographs of political and media figures associated with the Presidency of Donald Trump (2017-2021).
On-line offsite data backup publicity playing cards produced by The Bunker, United Kingdom, c. 2004.
Eclipse Comic playing cards is a reproduction of the first transformation pack printed in the USA in 1876 by F.H. Lowerre.
Old West Guns playing cards containing information about firearms from the Old West, USA.
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
“Around the world in 54 cards” hand-coloured transformation pack produced by Peter Wood, United Kingdom, 2008.
Centennial Olympic Games playing cards celebrating the centenary of the modern Olympic Games, 1896-1996.
Kings of India playing cards depicting the four greatest dynasties of India.
A catalogue in 54 cards of some of the treasures held within the Museum of London collections.
‘Star Wars: a New Hope’ playing cards to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film Star Wars, USA, 2007.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Royal Hawaiian playing cards published by the Royal Hawaiian Playing Card Company, Honolulu.
Official souvenir pack showing 52 coloured exhibits from the New York World’s Fair, 1964-6.
“Buffalo soldiers” playing cards commemorating African American military men who helped change the face of America.
‘Century of Progress’ Exposition playing cards produced by Western Playing Card Company, USA, 1933.
Bicycle Negro League Baseball Museum souvenir playing cards, USA, 2012.
New York City souvenir playing cards with 53 different views of interest, USA, 1915.
Nation’s capital souvenir playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 1925
Nile Fortune cards no.68x published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 1904.
Men's and ladies fashion playing cards published for the Seiko Corporation by Nintendo, Japan, 1971.
Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, Czech Republic,
National Railway Museum with drawings by Stuart Black, United Kingdom, 1993.
Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.