Published by Aleksandr Lutkovskii, Novosibirsk, in 2002 in a limited edition of 999 packs, the tuck box proclaims these are the world’s smallest cards. Indeed, the cards are very small, measuring 30 x 20 mm. The pack contains 36 cards, 3 Jokers and an explanatory card. The pip cards show artistic / elegant drawings of skimpily clad women in lingerie, swimwear or minimal attire. The pack appears to be an advertisement by the publisher to encourage other companies to advertise through the medium of playing cards. The artists are O. Khodakova and E. Sem’ianova.
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.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Advertising pack for Scheffmacher, master painters in Schaffhausen, with comic designs by Fritz Bünz...
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Miniature cards in sheet form with Sylvanian Families characters on the courts and Jokers.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
Uncut sheet of miniature Bavarian playing cards by Joseph Fetscher.
‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
On-line offsite data backup publicity playing cards produced by The Bunker, United Kingdom, c. 2004....
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Publicity pack for Gibert Jeune, the famous Parisian bookshop, with designs by James Hodges.
A flicker pack with different backs, advertising the Saab 900 Convertible motor car.
Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue
Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.
Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
Over the years I have collected a large number of mini-booklets and pocket guides offering rules and...
Delightful pack advertising Joseph Bardou & Fils cigarette papers for the Philippines.
Cowboys and American Indians on a pack for Neiman Marcus, the Dallas department store.
Designs by Jürgen Pankarz for the 20th anniversary of the Wolfgang Dorn advertising agency, Cologne....
Theatre of Pain / Teatr boli playing cards depicting politicians and leaders in the Caucasus territo...
Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.
Publicity pack for the Danish company, Velux, manufacturers of roof windows and skylights.