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Published July 28, 2022 Updated July 31, 2022

Ukrainian souvenir playing cards

Ukrains’ki karti gral’ni suvenirni / Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov, c.2012.

Ukraine Deluxe Andrii Letn’ov Folklore Souvenir 2012

Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov. Suits are non-standard: Spades are purple tulips; Diamonds are represented by a Ukrainian bagpipe; Hearts are red roses; Clubs resemble blueberries, arranged in a Club-like shape. Court cards are not named and are portrayed in historic / folkloric costume.

Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov, c.2012

Note: the Ukrainian bagpipe, seen above as the Diamonds suit symbol, is commonly known as a “duda”. Duda [дуда; bagpipe; also known as волинка (volynka), коза (koza), баран (baran), and міх (mikh)]. A folk musical instrument that has been played in Ukraine since the 16th century.

Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov, c.2012 Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov, c.2012

Above: Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov. Made by Deluxe of Odessa, probably produced c. 2012 (although no date of publication is indicated on either the cards or the tuck box). Larger-than-average 54 card pack (11 cm x 7 cm).

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By Peter Burnett

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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.


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