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Published June 09, 2015 Updated June 13, 2022

Trans-siberian Express

‘Trans-Siberian Express’ playing cards designed by Veronika Nicolaeva, Az-Art Publishing House, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2015.

Finland Russia Saarijarven Offset Veronika Nicolaeva Railway Transport Vsoe 2015

Trans-Siberian Express

Trans-Siberian Express playing cards were designed by Veronika Nicolaeva, Az-Art Publishing House, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2015 in conjunction with Spielkarten Galerie Schweigert. Veronika worked previously for the legendary Leningrad Color Printing plant and currently works in the field of graphic design, illustrations for books and journals, scenography and performance. The cards are issued in two versions: Russian and English with different jokers. The indexes are Russian in both versions. This is a limited edition of 300 copies in each language.

‘Trans-Siberian Express’ playing cards designed by Veronika Nicolaeva, Az-Art Publishing House, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2015

Above: ‘Trans-Siberian Express’ playing cards designed by Veronika Nicolaeva, Az-Art Publishing House, St. Petersburg, Russia, published jointly with Spielkarten Galerie Schweigert. Limited edition of 600 sets (300 in Russian, 300 in English). Printed by Saarijarven Offset Oy Printing House, Finland, 2015. 52 cards with gold edges + 1 joker + extra card + info card in box. The back design shows the rare Amur Leopard, national symbol of Siberia. Cards courtesy Dmitry Grabovetsky.

The 5771 mile long Trans-Siberian Railway was built across the continent at the end of the 19th century.

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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