This is a 36 card pack with the text on the box written in Russian rather than Ukrainian. The pack was printed by “Moryak” in Odessa, the author was R. Leiderman and the artist Yu. Litvinenko. Each of the court cards are named: the knaves are R. Kartsev, V. Il’chenko’ Z. Gerdt, and Ia Levinzon. The queens are: L. Dolina, G. Pol’skikh, A. Romaiskaia and L. Litovko. The kings are: S. Livshin, M. Vodianoi, S. Govorukhin, and S. Pelishenko. Unfortunately I have only been able to identify two of the above individuals: Roman Andreyevich Kartsev was a Russian entertainer of stage, theatre and cinema. He was Honoured Artist of the RSFSR, People's Artist of the Russian Federation. He was an actor in the Moscow Theater of Miniatures under the leadership of Mikhail Zhvanetsky. For several decades he performed in a duet with Viktor Ilchenko.
Victor Leonidovich Ilchenko was born in Borisoglebsk on January 2, 1937. From 1963, he worked at Arkady Raikin's Leningrad Theatre of Miniatures, where Roman Kartsev and Mikhail Zhvanetsky also worked. Within the framework of the theatre, Ilchenko and Kartsev had their own concert program. In 1969, Ilchenko and Kartsev left to create their own Odessa Theater of Miniatures, which released three programs: "How to get to Deribasovskaia", "Met and scattered" and "Sincerely yours". Viktor Ilchenko died of stomach cancer on January 21, 1992, at the age of 56 and was buried in Moscow.
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An avid playing card collector since the early 1970s. While the bulk of my collection originates from the UK, Western Europe and the USA, I have always had a “soft spot” for Russian packs - in part because I studied Russian at both school and University in the 1960s, and also because it was in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest.
Chernobyl Memorial Playing Cards designed by Misery Development Ltd. / Nicolai Aaroe and printed in Ukraine by Noir Arts Playing Cards.
Pack printed by “Moryak” in Odessa illustrated by artist Yu. Litvinenko.
Warriors and Soldiers of the 17th century, produced in L’viv in 2010.
Ukrains’ki karti gral’ni suvenirni / Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov, c.2012.
This pack was designed by Oksana Ternavska and first published in 2011 as a supplement to the book "Eneida", a poem written by Ivan Kotliarevsky in 1798.
Cyberpunk playing cards inspired by advanced science and technology in an urban dystopian future. Designed by Ivan Fortunov, 2021.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
Gods of Egypt playing cards dedicated to the culture of Ancient Egypt.
Gunfighters playing cards from the Wild West Series by SPCC, 2018.
Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018.
Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, 2017.
“Pekelna Horugva” is the second deck designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko, manufactured by Nage Cards, Saint-Petersburg, 2012
54 amazing hand drawn cards which shows the demons from Underworld.
This art project by Artua consists of four cards which were inspired by robots and the stories of Isaac Asimov and the Three Laws of Robotics.
Oksana Pushnjak has created a set of cards depicting 16th century kings and queens of Europe.