This interesting pack was published in 2004 by Aleksandr Lutkovskii in the series Redkie karty Rossii / Rare cards of Russia. It was published to commemorate the Russian card collector Aleksandr Perel’man (1932-1995) whose cards form the basis of the Russian Playing Card Museum in Peterhof►
The pack consists of 36 cards and a further 8 Jokers and an explanatory card. Each card reproduces a Russian work of art, from all ages and all styles, which depicts individuals playing cards or using them for fortune-telling. Each card provides the name of the artist and the year of production.
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.
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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A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
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Ases de la pintura / Masters of painting playing cards made by Naipes Comas, Spain, c.1990.
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54 different paintings from the collection of the Guildhall Art Gallery, London.
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Dada and Surrealist Art playing cards featuring artwork by Arturo Schwarz, 1998.
Russian criminal tattoos and playing cards, United Kingdom, 2018.
Colourful and attractive designs by Violeta Monreal, inspired by stained glass through the ages.
‘World of the New Russians’ (Mir novykh russkikh) satirical playing cards, 2002.