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Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987

Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring atmospheric landscape photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987. The beautiful pictures are best seen in a large format which is slightly constrained in a playing card. See the Box

Colin Baxter has an original and distinctive style and has contributed to a number of publications  see more

The jokers appear to be inspired by Book of Kells artwork.

Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987

Above: Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, published by John McLean in single or double packs, first edition, 1987. Revised versions were re-issued in 1993 and again in 2014. Images courtesy Matt Probert.

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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.


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