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Published October 18, 2016 Updated July 26, 2022

St Petersburg Souvenir

St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004

Russia Photography Souvenir Topographical 2004

St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards with 54 magical, full-colour photographs of views of the city and its monuments, published by “The Bronze Horseman” trading house, 2004.

St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004 St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004

Above: St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards published by the trading house "The Bronze Horseman", 2004. Images courtesy Matt Probert.

St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004 St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004
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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.


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