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Published February 24, 2023 Updated February 24, 2023

Packs of Prizes

‘Packs of Prizes’ playing cards advertising Neosorexa pest control products.

United Kingdom Cartamundi Advertising Medical & Pharmaceutical Add to Collection

This seems a strange title for a pack of cards advertising rather grim poisons for the control of brown rats, black rats, mice and other rodents. While the pip cards are standard, four Neosorexa products are repeated; on the aces – ready to use bait blocks; kings – ready to use bait; queens – pellets; Jacks – ratpacks. These products are made by BASF Pest Control Solutions UK. See the box

‘Packs of Prizes’ playing cards advertising Neosorexa pest control products
‘Packs of Prizes’ playing cards advertising Neosorexa pest control products

Above: ‘Packs of Prizes’ playing cards advertising Neosorexa pest control products, United Kingdom. The joker is the standard Carta Mundi joker.

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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.

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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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