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Published October 11, 2023 Updated October 11, 2023

The Journey

‘The Journey’ limited edition playing cards produced by Peter Wood, UK, 2008.

2008 United Kingdom Peter Wood Fantasy Add to Collection

Produced by the English artist Peter Wood, this is a limited edition of just 100 signed and numbered full colour packs. The pack described here is no. 3 of 100. This lovely pictorial deck has subtle references to earlier work via pictures crammed with detail and lots of hidden items. The question posed on the bottom box flap: Can you find the snails, pearls and teddies? provides an indication of the content. Although not a transformation pack, the designs are bright, colourful and imaginative, with teddy bears once again figuring prominently throughout. See the box

‘The Journey’ limited edition playing cards produced by Peter Wood, UK, 2008 ‘The Journey’ limited edition playing cards produced by Peter Wood, UK, 2008 ‘The Journey’ limited edition playing cards produced by Peter Wood, UK, 2008

Above: ‘The Journey’ limited edition playing cards produced by Peter Wood, UK, 2008.

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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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