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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.

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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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Russian Dumpling Club

Russkii Pel'mennyi Klub (Russian Dumpling Club) playing cards designed by Evgenia Alexandrovna Belyakova.

2005 Fabergé playing cards

Fabergé playing cards

Kollektsiya Faberzhe karty igral’nye (Fabergé playing cards), Russia, 2005.

2005 Sea Myths Playing Cards

Sea Myths Playing Cards

Morskie mify (Sea myths) designed by Lev Liberman, Russia, 2005.

2005 Centaurus

Centaurus

Centaurus: karty igral’nye suvenirnye, Russia, 2005.

2005 Kashmir Playing Cards

Kashmir Playing Cards

Kashmir playing cards designed by Lev Liberman and printed by Printissa, Saint Petersburg, 2005.

Maori playing cards

Maori playing cards from New Zealand.

Saint Petersburg vintage playing cards

Saint Petersburg vintage photography playing cards.

1998 Madam Luck

Madam Luck

“Madam Luck” playing cards designed by B. Adziev, 1998.

1997 Novosibirsk Fair

Novosibirsk Fair

Novosibirsk Fair playing cards designed by Sergei A. Grebennikov, Russia, 1997.

2000 Kolotushki

Kolotushki

Kolotushki playing cards designed by Vitalii Buslovskikh, Russia, 2000.

1984 Lubok playing cards

Lubok playing cards

Lubok playing cards designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov. Russia, 1984.

Soviet propaganda posters

Propaganda posters of the Soviet Union.

2000 Russian Federation

Russian Federation

Russian Federation pack featuring leading political figures of the time, c.2000.

1997 Komandirskie [Commanders]

Komandirskie [Commanders]

‘Komandirskie’ military-themed playing cards from Russia, 1997.

2003 Pack of Prejudice

Pack of Prejudice

A political pack produced by the Countryside Alliance about a ban on hunting.

2010 Birds of Nepal

Birds of Nepal

Birds of Nepal with photos by P. Pradhan, 2010.

SilkAir

SilkAir was a Singaporean regional airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines.

2006 Periodic Table playing cards

Periodic Table playing cards

Periodic Table playing cards produced by Synheme Inc., Canada, c. 2006-2007.

Singapore Trump

“Singapore Trump” playing cards designed by Yasuko Senshu.

52 Faces of Nepal playing cards

52 Faces of Nepal playing cards produced by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu.

All 14 Highest Mountains, Nepal

All the 14 Highest Mountain Peaks, Nepal.

1900 Maine Souvenir playing cards

Maine Souvenir playing cards

Maine the Pine Tree State souvenir playing cards, 1900.

2017 Pack of dogs

Pack of dogs

Pack of dogs playing cards with portraits by Gina Andrews, England, 2017.

2008 52 Chess Openings

52 Chess Openings

52 chess openings published by SynHeme Inc., Canada.

2019 Hillbaggers Top 52 playing cards

Hillbaggers Top 52 playing cards

Hillbaggers Top 52 playing cards designed by Caroline McCann, 2019.

2004 Tobago playing cards

Tobago playing cards

Tobago playing cards designed by Boriss Mitins, 2004.

1901 Hawaiian Souvenir playing cards

Hawaiian Souvenir playing cards

Hawaiian Souvenir playing cards, 1901.

2011 Jamaican trivia playing cards

Jamaican trivia playing cards

Jamaican trivia playing cards created by Emprezz Mullings, 2011.

2003 The Great Storm

The Great Storm

The Great Storm, Israel, 2003

2012 Africa playing cards

Africa playing cards

According to the United Nations there are 54 countries on the continent of Africa

Drum playing cards

Drum playing cards depicting demographically diverse Africans of different ethnicities.

2000 African Renaissance Deck

African Renaissance Deck

African Renaissance Deck published for Nkosi's Haven, South Africa, 2000.

Traditional Nomadic Life of Mongolia

Playing cards depicting paintings of Traditional Nomadic Life of Mongolia.

2008 Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon: 52 pictures of Bhutan published by Knowledgecards.

1980 Playing cards from Suriname

Playing cards from Suriname

Playing cards reflecting the history and culture of Suriname, on the northeastern coast of South America.

Malaya 1941-1942: King George VI currency notes

Playing cards featuring King George VI Currency Notes, Malaya 1941-1942.

National Costumes of Mongolia

National Costumes of Mongolia pack produced by the Wuyi Giant Colour Printing Co., Ltd.

Birds of Southern Africa

Sapra Studio Original playing cards beautifully illustrated with birds of Southern Africa.

2010 Bahamas in Colour playing cards

Bahamas in Colour playing cards

Bahamas in Colour playing cards produced by Executive Printers of the Bahamas Ltd., Nassau, 2010.

1970 Karata playing cards

Karata playing cards

Karata playing cards produced in Nairobi, c. 1970.

Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel casino playing cards.

Tanisa cartes à jouer

“Tanisa cartes à jouer” published by Colormad, Madagascar.

1997 Habesha playing cards

Habesha playing cards

Habesha playing cards published by “Ethiopian Reflection”

KITAB Playing Cards

KITAB playing cards with artwork by Abayneh Abebe, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2001 Hotel Lena

Hotel Lena

Hotel Lena playing cards published by Bichik in Yakutsk in 2001.

Peterhof souvenir playing cards

Peterhof souvenir playing cards (Petergof suvenirnye igral’nye karty) published by Mednyi Vsadnik (Bronze Horseman), St. Petersburg.

1999 Pushkin

Pushkin

Pack designed by M. Rydaeva celebrating the 200th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s birth.

1994 Canadian heritage playing cards

Canadian heritage playing cards

Canadian Heritage Playing Cards designed by Gabriel de Beney, 1994.

2003 Dolls Gallery

Dolls Gallery

Dolls Gallery / Galereia kukol : karty igral’nye / published by Varvara Skripkina, 2003.

Treasures of the Russian Museum

Treasures of the Russian Museum / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty.

Russian Cities Coats-of-Arms

Rossiia / Municipal Coats-of-Arms of Russian Federation.