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Published October 06, 2022 Updated October 09, 2022

Soldaty Udachi

“Soldaty Udachi” (Soldiers of Fortune) Army and Police humour playing cards, Russia, 2001.

2001 Russia AAA Caricatures Cartoon Humour Add to Collection
“Soldaty Udachi” (Soldiers of fortune) playing cards published by AAA, Russia, 2001

This humorous cartoon pack contains 52 cards, 2 jokers and a calendar card for the year 2002. It was published by AAA. The following description is taken from Art World Shop:

“This deck was released as part of the Empire of Cards series in 2001. Unfortunately, after the release of several decks, the series was not continued. The cards were issued specifically for the countries of the former USSR. The entire text is in Russian, the cartoons were drawn by a Russian-speaking artist, since the phrases were selected very suitable and the plots for the cartoons were taken from both history and films, as well as folk characters.

“On the cards you can see Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Fani Kaplan, Vasily Chapaev, Sukhov from the movie "White Sun of the Desert", Ivan the Terrible from the movie "Ivan Vasilyevich, Changes Profession", Marshal Semyon Budyonny, Ermak, Anka the machine gunner and Petka, Furmanov from jokes about Chapaev, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Bagration, Sharapov and Zheglov from the film "The meeting place cannot be changed", Peter I, Alexander Suvorov, general performed by Alexei Buldakov from the film "Peculiarities of national hunting", Napoleon, Mikhail Kut, Steven Segal, the soldier Schweik, Richard Sorge, Old Man Makhno and Petliura, Grigory Kotovsky, the pilot Alexander Pokryshkin, the heroes Alyosha Popovich, Dobrynya Nikitich, Ilya Muromets, the hero of the jokes of Lieutenant Rzhevsky, Denis Davydov, the soldier Chonkin and Ivan Voyed's book from Ivan Voyed Mazaya. As you can see, the characters of the cards are very diverse, the cartoonist who drew the cards did not observe the portrait resemblance and the heroes of the cards can be recognized by a person who grew up in the USSR and captured the iconic cultural hits of the 1990s”.

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“Soldaty Udachi” (Soldiers of fortune) playing cards published by AAA, Russia, 2001 “Soldaty Udachi” (Soldiers of fortune) playing cards published by AAA, Russia, 2001

Above: “Soldaty Udachi” (Soldiers of fortune) playing cards published by AAA, Russia, 2001. 52 cards, 2 jokers and a calendar card for the year 2002.

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By 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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