Published by Heraclio Fournier in 2002, this is another pack devoted to the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). Unlike the earlier Gaudí Poker, the cards display photographs by Ramon Manent (b. 1948), who specialises in portraying Catalan art and architecture of the Romanesque, Gothic and especially the Modernista periods. Manent is famed for his photos of works by Gaudí, showcasing their forms, textures and colours. His images of the architect’s oeuvre demonstrate his mastery at capturing the object, light and space. See the box►
The cards have decorative borders within which is a photograph of a particular building or a specific feature or aspect of one of Gaudí’s masterpieces. There are three additional cards providing information about the artist, in Spanish, French and English►
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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 Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini, published by Morgan Press, Inc., 1970.
Egg-shaped cards created by Rodolfo Krasno employing photographic images by Michel Leclerc.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Historical figures and artefacts from Navarre with designs by M. Sinués for the Navarre Association ...
Official souvenir pack showing 52 coloured exhibits from the New York World’s Fair, 1964-6.
‘Century of Progress’ Exposition playing cards produced by Western Playing Card Company, USA, 1933. ...
Multicoloured Belgian/Genoese pattern cards, probably printed by Fournier for Lebanon.
New York City souvenir playing cards with 53 different views of interest, USA, 1915.
Nation’s capital souvenir playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 19...
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
A celebration of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, politicians and poets.
Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
‘Motoveteráni’ playing cards featuring the photographs of Robert Sobčák, Czech Republic,
‘Baraja Mística’ satirical playing-cards featuring revelling clergy published by Litografía Fernánde...
Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.
Satirical playing cards manufactured by Francar y Cía depicting political situation, Barcelona, 1872...
Raimundo García pattern produced by José Cumplido in Madrid, dated 1860 on the four of coins.
‘Amorcillos’ (Cupids), a masterpiece from the golden age of Spanish playing cards by Clemente Roxas,...
Félix Solesio e Hijos - Real Fábrica de Madrid - Spanish National pattern for Venezuela