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Published April 21, 2023 Updated April 21, 2023

Naipes Heraclio Fournier 130th Anniversary

Baraja conmemorativa del 130 aniversario de naipes Heraclio Fournier (1868-1998) Spain, 1998.

1998 Spain Heraclio Fournier Commemorative Facsimiles & Replicas Add to Collection

This pack of 40 lithographed cards was originally produced by Heraclio Fournier in 1888 after the construction of his factory in 1887 (which appears on the 4 of coins). It was the first pack bearing a portrait of Fournier himself (on the ace of coins) and won the 1889 Paris Exhibition Prize. See the box

To celebrate the 130th anniversary of the original founding of the company in 1868 this pack was reissued in 1998. A multi-lingual leaflet accompanies

130th Anniversary of Naipes Heraclio Fournier pack published in 1998 130th Anniversary of Naipes Heraclio Fournier pack published in 1998

Above: 130th Anniversary of Naipes Heraclio Fournier pack published in 1998.

• See: Fournier Museum catalogue, 1982, p.65 no. 371

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By Peter Burnett

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.

Russian Playing Cards

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.


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