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Peter Burnett

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.

Russian Playing Cards

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.

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1970 Les Grands Ecrivains

Les Grands Ecrivains

‘Les Grands Ecrivains’ produced for members of “Le Grand Livre du Mois”, France, c. 1970.

2003 Life playing cards: tobacco education

Life playing cards: tobacco education

‘Life playing cards: tobacco education’ anti-smoking deck, USA, 2003.

1966 Green Hornet playing cards

Green Hornet playing cards

Green Hornet playing cards, USA, 1966

1994 African art playing cards

African art playing cards

African art and symbolism on playing cards designed by John J. Beckvermit III, USA, 1994.

Night & Day playing cards

‘Night & Day’ playing cards produced by London Underground, United Kingdom

2019 Birds playing cards

Birds playing cards

Birds playing cards illustrated by Ryuto Miyake, 2019.

1992 Pacific Northwest native Indian masks

Pacific Northwest native Indian masks

Pacific Northwest native Indian masks with artwork by Margaret Parrott, USA, 1992.

1985 Death on Drugs

Death on Drugs

Death on Drugs playing cards, United States, 1985.

1985 Death Cigarettes

Death Cigarettes

‘Death Cigarettes’ anti-smoking playing cards, USA, 1985.

2005 Lascivious playing cards

Lascivious playing cards

Lascivious lingerie playing cards, United Kingdom, c.2005

Youthscape playing cards

Two packs of playing cards offering emotional help and support to young people.

Icelandic picture playing cards / Islensku landslagsspilin

Icelandic picture playing cards with photography by Gudmundur Ingólfsson.

1998 Axminster 100 playing cards

Axminster 100 playing cards

Special non-standard pack produced for Axminster Carpets Ltd.

1998 Dada and Surrealist Art

Dada and Surrealist Art

Dada and Surrealist Art playing cards featuring artwork by Arturo Schwarz, 1998.

2014 David Shrigley Ace playing cards

David Shrigley Ace playing cards

David Shrigley Ace playing cards, United Kingdom, 2014

2006 Game Over

Game Over

‘Game Over’ political playing cards from Israel, 2006.

1999 Decadence?

Decadence?

“Decadence?” playing cards published by the Crafts Council, London in 1999.

2018 Russian criminal tattoos and playing cards

Russian criminal tattoos and playing cards

Russian criminal tattoos and playing cards, United Kingdom, 2018.

Preposterous playing cards

Preposterous playing cards by Simon Drew published by British Heritage Ltd, Herts.

Wisdom of Wine

Wisdom of Wine playing cards by the English illustrator Simon Drew.

1997 Margaret Parrott playing cards

Margaret Parrott playing cards

Margaret Parrott playing cards decorated with whimsical parrots, USA, c. 1997.

1993 Cleveland Museum of Art artists card game

Cleveland Museum of Art artists card game

Cleveland Museum of Art artists card game, USA, c.1993.

2015 Farmall playing cards

Farmall playing cards

Farmall playing cards advertising International Harvester tractors, USA, c.2015.

Oxford Gargoyles

Oxford Gargoyles souvenir playing cards published by Chris Donaghue Photography, Oxford, UK.

Soldier’s Deck of Cards

with the sub-title of “Bible reference playing cards”

2013 EclecDeck

EclecDeck

EclecDeck transformation playing cards created by Dave Ufford, 2013.

2012 Guns N’ Roses Las Vegas 2012

Guns N’ Roses Las Vegas 2012

Guns N’ Roses Las Vegas 2012 promotion playing cards produced by Gemaco, USA.

Scientific American

‘Scientific American’ playing cards depicting 19th century illustrations of inventions.

2014 Pressers playing cards

Pressers playing cards

Pressers playing cards with illustrations by Aaron Johnson printed by USPCC for Ellusionist in 2014.

2003 Tamarind Institute stacked deck

Tamarind Institute stacked deck

Tamarind Institute stacked deck, USA, 2003

1985 Texas Sesquicentennial

Texas Sesquicentennial

Texas Sesquicentennial commemoration playing cards produced by Alief Products Company in 1985.

2010 New Orleans and Gulf souvenir

New Orleans and Gulf souvenir

New Orleans and Gulf souvenir playing cards from c1900 reprinted for the 52 Plus Joker Convention in New Orleans, 2010.

Calliope: a Renaissance band

Facsimile of cards attributed to Hans Schäufelein (c. 1480-1540) produced by ‘Calliope’, a New York City-based band.

2004 La-Tee-Da transformation playing cards

La-Tee-Da transformation playing cards

Facsimile edition of ‘La-Tee-Da’ transformation playing cards, originally made in 1865 by Dean & Son of London, republished by F.G. & Co. in 2004.

Orange: Great Value, Free Rewards

“Orange: Great Value, Free Rewards” promotional playing cards published by Orange UK.

Packs of Prizes

‘Packs of Prizes’ playing cards advertising Neosorexa pest control products.

Eurocell® playing cards

Promotional playing cards produced by Eurocell® (UPVC window, door, conservatory and roofline systems), United Kingdom.

Buses playing cards

Playing cards for bus lovers produced by Collectable Cards Limited & Ian Allan Publishing Ltd.

2011 Wrocław

Wrocław

Wrocław souvenir playing cards designed by Katarzyna Tomala, 2011.

2015 EU52 Deck of Cards

EU52 Deck of Cards

“EU52 Deck of Cards“ Eurosceptic political playing cards published by 52 Jokers Ltd, United Kingdom, 2015.

2007 Take Control : Drugs

Take Control : Drugs

Take Control : Drug advice playing cards produced by Safer Publications, United Kingdom, 2007.

2001 Pips in Pictures

Pips in Pictures

‘Pips in Pictures’ imaginatively transformed playing cards by Jennifer Gaudion, 2001.

2009 Pips in Proverbs

Pips in Proverbs

Wonderful ‘Pips in Proverbs’ playing cards created by Jennifer Gaudion, United Kingdom, 2009.

2019 A Bouquet of Pheasants

A Bouquet of Pheasants

A Bouquet of Pheasants playing cards produced by Jennifer Gaudion, United Kingdom, 2019.

2019 James Purdey Signature playing cards

James Purdey Signature playing cards

James Purdey & Sons is a long-established gun manufacturer founded in 1814 in London.

2017 Hackett Magical Christmas Gift Guide playing cards

Hackett Magical Christmas Gift Guide playing cards

Hackett Magical Christmas Gift Guide playing cards, United Kingdom, 2017.

2020 Tea & Coffee Lovers playing cards

Tea & Coffee Lovers playing cards

Tea & Coffee Lovers playing cards produced by Cultzilla.

2019 Brexit Most Wanted

Brexit Most Wanted

‘Brexit Most Wanted’ playing cards, United Kingdom, 2019.

2002 World of the New Russians

World of the New Russians

‘World of the New Russians’ (Mir novykh russkikh) satirical playing cards, 2002.

2020 Covid-19 playing cards

Covid-19 playing cards

Covid-19 playing cards designed by Stacey Kelly, United Kingdom, 2020.

2003 C-Arts

C-Arts

Collective Arts pack designed by sixty-three collaborating artists, illustrators and designers, Russia, 2003.