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The Neva River

A deck designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov dedicated to the Neva river and the city of Saint Petersburg.

Neva playing cards were designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov and manufactured by the Colour Printing Plant, Saint Petersburg, to celebrate its 175th anniversary (1817-1992). The illustrations on the aces and number cards depict the river Neva, one of the largest in Europe and which flows through Saint Petersburg, with buildings and maritime items associated with the city. The court cards probably represent persons from the time of Peter the Great who founded the city in 1703. Victor M. Sveshnikov also designed Opera & Theatre playing cards (1973) and “Maya” playing cards (1975).

Deck designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov dedicated to the Neva river and the city of Saint Petersburg, 1992 Deck designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov dedicated to the Neva river and the city of Saint Petersburg, 1992 Deck designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov dedicated to the Neva river and the city of Saint Petersburg, 1992 Deck designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov dedicated to the Neva river and the city of Saint Petersburg, 1992

Above: ‘Neva’ playing cards designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov and manufactured by The Colour Printing Plant in 1992. 52 cards + 2 jokers + title card in box.

Deck designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov dedicated to the Neva river and the city of Saint Petersburg, 1992
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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