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.
Newtropolis and the Fantastic Fur: Heroes vs. Villains playing cards illustrated by Peter Wood, 2015.
Wagner’s “Ring” playing cards, with illustrations by Sir Arthur Rackham, published by Prospero Art, USA, 2010.
Famous Pirates playing cards with artworks, prints, artefacts & pirate sayings, USA, 2006.
Hawaiian playing cards in the style of classic Hawaiian wood carvings, USA, 2015.
Bicycle “EveRydAy zomBIES” playing cards with artwork by Rob Sacchetto, USA, 2013.
Bicycle Blue Collar / White Collar playing cards, USA, 2014.
Bicycle Zombie playing cards with hints on how to survive a zombie attack, USA, 2012.
Bicycle Stained glass playing cards adorned as multi-coloured stained glass, USA, c. 2018.
Bicycle Tattoo Golden Edition created by Phoenix Playing Cards of Toronto, Canada, 2014.
Bicycle ‘Elves & Orcs’ playing cards illustrated by Nathanael Iwata, USA, 2013.
Bicycle Robocycle playing cards with quirky robotic illustrations by Duct Tape & Glitter for Theory 11.
Bicycle Flight ‘Airplane’ and ‘Airship’ playing cards, homage to aviation, 2014.
Bicycle Ancient Machine playing cards designed by concept artist Juniardi Satyanagara, USA, 2015.
Bicycle Panthera playing cards designed by Juniardi Satyanagara, USA, 2015.
The Presidents playing cards first published by Arcturus LLC in 2007, reprinted in 2009.
U.S. Presidents Bicycle playing cards designed by Johnny Whaam, USA, 2015
Presidential playing cards with portraits from Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, USA.
‘Presidents of the United States’ playing cards published by PostCardusa of Florida after 2009.
Poker Quest: edition spéciale, 400e anniversaire de la ville de Quebec, Canada, c. 2008.
Playing cards documenting the James Bay hydro-electricity project on the La Grande River in north-western Quebec, Canada.
“Pack of Thieves? 52 Port Arthur Lives” playing cards documenting life in an Australian penal settlement.
‘Amusements and Attractions’ playing cards showing the fun and excitement of America’s amusement parks.
‘Iceberg Free State 1923’ fantasy playing cards with a cautionary moral lesson, Germany, 2006.
‘Unique Australian Animals’ educational playing cards designed by Lawton Ho, Australia, 2004.
Baudelaire playing card collection illustrated by Alméry Lobel-Riche and published by Lo Scarabeo in 2004.
Theatre of Pain / Teatr boli playing cards depicting politicians and leaders in the Caucasus territorial disputes.
Baraxa Galega designed by F. Perez Llamosas and published by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, 1983.
‘Baraja Fiesta Taurina’ bullfight playing cards published by Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1975.
Secrets of the Far East playing cards featuring the designs of Violeta Monreal , Spain, c. 1991.
Museo del Prado: Pintores y familias reales / Painters and royal families playing cards.
España imperial / Imperial Spain playing cards with artwork by Serny, published by Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1983.
‘Medium Aevum’ (Medieval Life) playing cards designed by Violeta Monreal, published by Heraclio Fournier c.1988.
American Civil War centennial playing cards designed by Teodoro N. Miciano and published by Fournier, Spain, 1961.
Baraja conmemorativa del 130 aniversario de naipes Heraclio Fournier (1868-1998) Spain, 1998.