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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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2012 Welsh Cavalry

Welsh Cavalry

Welsh Cavalry commemorative playing cards with illustrations by Dan Peterson, 2012.

Animal Aid playing cards

Animal Aid playing cards with anti-shooting cartoons created by Steve Hutton.

2012 Odd Bods playing cards

Odd Bods playing cards

Odd Bods playing cards illustrated by Jonathan Burton, United Kingdom, 2012.

The Mrs. Forster Collection

Playing cards featuring original botanical paintings by Mrs. Sidney Eliza Forster from the 1890s.

1984 Pack of Diets

Pack of Diets

“Pack of Diets” healthy lifestyle playing cards by Waddingtons Games for Figure Dynamics Ltd. in 1984.

2006 Bell’s Patience playing cards

Bell’s Patience playing cards

Bell’s Patience playing cards, United Kingdom, 2006

Glenfiddich the independent spirit

Glenfiddich whisky advertising playing cards from Scotland, United Kingdom.

2017 Whyte & Mackay Lucky Lions

Whyte & Mackay Lucky Lions

Whyte & Mackay Lucky Lions playing cards, United Kingdom, 2017

2021 History of the Russian Revolution

History of the Russian Revolution

A pack of playing cards about the Russian Revolution, USA, c. 2021.

2021 Radical playing cards

Radical playing cards

Radical playing cards, identifying radical characters from history, United Kingdom, 2021

Think smoking heroin is safe?

“Think smoking heroin is safe?” harm minimisation playing cards.

2007 Lose the smoke Keep the fire

Lose the smoke Keep the fire

“Lose the smoke Keep the fire” playing cards to help quit smoking, published by Nicotinell, 2007.

2003 Cycle all over London

Cycle all over London

Cycle all over London playing cards published by Transport for London Street Management, 2003.

2004 War on AIDS

War on AIDS

War on AIDS playing cards published by ActionAid, United Kingdom, c. 2004.

2012 Harold Samuel Collection playing cards

Harold Samuel Collection playing cards

The Harold Samuel Collection of Dutch and Flemish seventeenth-century artworks, United Kingdom, 2012.

Better drug laws now

“Better drug laws now” campaign playing cards issued by Release, United Kingdom.

2017 White House of Cards

White House of Cards

“White House of Cards” produced by Peter Dunlap-Shohl, USA, 2017.

2016 Hillary Presidential playing cards, 2016

Hillary Presidential playing cards, 2016

Hillary Clinton Presidential playing cards, USA, 2016

1994 Oliver North’s Pack of Lies

Oliver North’s Pack of Lies

“Oliver North’s Pack of Lies” produced to help defeat Oliver North in his bid for Senator of Virginia, USA, 1994.

2015 Trump Presidential playing cards

Trump Presidential playing cards

Trump Presidential playing cards by Parody Productions, USA, 2015.

2004 Deck of Reagan

Deck of Reagan

“The Deck of Reagan” political playing cards produced by NewsMax Media Inc. in 2004.

1988 Politipack ’88 playing cards

Politipack ’88 playing cards

Politipack ’88 produced by Robert Billingsley, USA, 1988.

1973 Executive Deck

Executive Deck

Executive Deck, otherwise known as “the Nixon Deck”, USA, 1973.

2004 John F. Kerry Presidential deck

John F. Kerry Presidential deck

John F. Kerry Presidential playing card deck in support of his election campaign of 2004.

2004 Presidential Poker

Presidential Poker

Presidential Poker playing cards, USA, 2004.

1966 LBJ Texas playing cards

LBJ Texas playing cards

LBJ Texas playing cards, each card contains different historical facts about Texas, USA, 1966.

Russian Playing Card History - From the Beginnings to 1917

An in-depth review of the history of card-playing, gambling, legislation, manufacture and taxation of playing cards in Russia.

1798 Russian Playing Card Monopoly

Russian Playing Card Monopoly

The Russian Playing Card Monopoly was established in March 1798 with all revenue going to support the St Petersburg Foundling Hospital. After the construction of the Foundling Hospital's own factory in 1817 (known as the Imperial Playing Card Factory), all subsequent Russian playing card prod...

2004 W Deck

W Deck

“W Deck” playing cards poking fun at President Bush, USA, 2004.

2004 Joker’s wild: Dubya’s trick deck

Joker’s wild: Dubya’s trick deck

“Joker’s wild: Dubya’s trick deck” satirical playing cards published by Seven Stories Press in 2004.

Gee Duh-bya

“Gee Duh-bya” parody playing cards, highlighting the President’s peculiar use of language.

2004 52 reasons to re-elect George Bush

52 reasons to re-elect George Bush

“52 reasons to re-elect George Bush” political playing cards published in 2004.

2004 George W. Bush Presidential Deck

George W. Bush Presidential Deck

George W. Bush Presidential Deck, USA, 2004.

1888 Grover Cleveland Presidential Campaign of 1888

Grover Cleveland Presidential Campaign of 1888

Grover Cleveland Presidential Campaign playing cards of 1888, USA, [reprint 1980].

2003 Bush cards: carefully stacked deck

Bush cards: carefully stacked deck

“Bush cards: carefully stacked deck”, USA, 2003.

2005 Bushy Cards

Bushy Cards

“The Bushy Cards” playing card deck published by Political Parody LLC, USA, 2005.

1963 Kennedy Kards

Kennedy Kards

‘Kennedy Kards’ playing cards with satirical portrayals of the Kennedy clan, USA, 1963

World’s Most Wanted Criminals

“World’s Most Wanted Criminals” playing cards published by the World Without Criminals Organization, USA.

2003 America’s Most Wanted

America’s Most Wanted

“America’s Most Wanted” playing cards based on the anti-crime reality TV show. 2003.

2003 Le Régime Bush

Le Régime Bush

“Le Régime Bush” anti-war playing cards designed by Thierry Meyssan, France, 2003.

2003 Regime Change Begins at Home

Regime Change Begins at Home

“Regime Change Begins at Home” playing cards designed by Noel Douglas, c. 2003.

2003 Stacked Deck

Stacked Deck

“Stacked Deck” business caricature playing cards, USA, c. 2003.

2003 Operation Hidden Agenda

Operation Hidden Agenda

“Operation Hidden Agenda” playing cards designed by Kathy Eder, USA, 2003.

2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom playing cards

Operation Iraqi Freedom playing cards

Operation Iraqi Freedom: U.S. Military heroes playing cards, 2003.

2004 The Bush House of Cards

The Bush House of Cards

“The Bush House of Cards” with artwork by John G. Doherty, 2004.

2003 Liberated: America's Most Unwanted

Liberated: America's Most Unwanted

“Liberated: America's Most Unwanted” playing cards published in support of the Iraqi War, c.2003.

2004 War Profiteers playing cards

War Profiteers playing cards

“War Profiteers” playing cards, USA, c. 2004.

2003 United Nations of Weasels

United Nations of Weasels

“United Nations of Weasels” anti-war political playing cards, USA, 2003.

2003 Try’em playing cards

Try’em playing cards

Try’em: the U.S. Regime Change, or “52 Most Wanted Criminals” c. 2003.

2003 War Party playing cards

War Party playing cards

War Party playing cards, in opposition to the Iraq War, USA, 2003.

2003 Republican Chickenhawks of America

Republican Chickenhawks of America

“Republican Chickenhawks of America” playing cards by Jerry A. Vasilatos, USA, 2003.