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.
SilkAir was a Singaporean regional airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines.
Periodic Table playing cards produced by Synheme Inc., Canada, c. 2006-2007.
52 Faces of Nepal playing cards produced by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu.
Hillbaggers Top 52 playing cards designed by Caroline McCann, 2019.
According to the United Nations there are 54 countries on the continent of Africa
Drum playing cards depicting demographically diverse Africans of different ethnicities.
Playing cards depicting paintings of Traditional Nomadic Life of Mongolia.
Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon: 52 pictures of Bhutan published by Knowledgecards.
Playing cards reflecting the history and culture of Suriname, on the northeastern coast of South America.
Playing cards featuring King George VI Currency Notes, Malaya 1941-1942.
National Costumes of Mongolia pack produced by the Wuyi Giant Colour Printing Co., Ltd.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards beautifully illustrated with birds of Southern Africa.
Bahamas in Colour playing cards produced by Executive Printers of the Bahamas Ltd., Nassau, 2010.
Peterhof souvenir playing cards (Petergof suvenirnye igral’nye karty) published by Mednyi Vsadnik (Bronze Horseman), St. Petersburg.
Dolls Gallery / Galereia kukol : karty igral’nye / published by Varvara Skripkina, 2003.
Treasures of the Russian Museum / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty.
Playing cards in Russian life - Karty v zhizni Rossii - published by Aleksandr Lutkovskii in 2004.
Spot the Difference playing cards published in "Razvlekatel’naia Gazetka" newspaper, 1998-1999.
Samye malen’kie v mire igral’nye karty / The world’s smallest playing cards
Hunting playing cards / “Okhotnich’i karty” with illustrations by the court artist Mihály Zichy.
Russian Emperors playing cards / “Rossiiskie imperatory karty igral’nye” produced and illustrated by Aleksei Orleanskii, 2006.