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Published October 17, 2022 Updated October 17, 2022

Schott's sporting gaming & idling miscellany

Schott's sporting gaming & idling miscellany, United Kingdom, 2004.

2004 United Kingdom Ben Schott Humour Sports Add to Collection

This pack of “quotable playing cards” was conceived and designed by Ben Schott and produced in 2004. Each card contains a quotation pertaining to sporting, gaming or idling – arranged roughly by the following themes:

Aces - winning; Kings - chess; Queens - women in sport; Jacks - cheating; 10s - defeat; 9s - teamwork; 8’s – commentators; 7s – luck; 6s – fitness and exercise; 5s – cards; 4s – golf; 3s – idling; 2s – referees and umpires; Jokers – nuns and cardinals. The pack contains 52 cards, 2 jokers and an information card.

Ben Schott went on to publish Schott’s Almanac which ran in Britain for six editions (2006–2011).

Schott's sporting gaming & idling miscellany, 2004

Above: Schott's sporting gaming & idling miscellany playing cards, designed by Ben Schott, United Kingdom, 2004. 52 cards + 2 jokers + information card.

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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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