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Published August 03, 2022 Updated August 05, 2022

Playing cards in Russian life

Playing cards in Russian life - Karty v zhizni Rossii - published by Aleksandr Lutkovskii in 2004.

Russia Aleksandr Lutkovskii Art & Design 2004

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.

Playing cards in Russian life published by Aleksandr Lutkovskii in 2004

Above: “Karty v zhizni Rossii” (Playing cards in Russian life) published by Aleksandr Lutkovskii in 2004. 36 cards + 8 jokers + extra card.

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By Peter Burnett

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An avid playing card collector since the early 1970s. While the bulk of my collection originates from the UK, Western Europe and the USA, I have always had a “soft spot” for Russian packs - in part because I studied Russian at both school and University in the 1960s, and also because it was in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest.


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