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Published January 02, 2024 Updated January 03, 2024

Brooks dna playing cards

Brooks dna playing cards produced by Gemaco for Brooks running shoes.

USA Gemaco Advertising Fashion & Costume Sports Add to Collection

This promotional pack produced by Gemaco for Brooks, highlights four different running shoes produced by the company. Each suit displays a specific model for both men and women: diamonds – the Trance 10; spades – the Adrenaline GTS II; hearts -the Glycerin 9; and clubs – the Ghost 4. See the box

Brooks began in a small factory in Philadelphia in 1914 making ballet slippers and bathing shoes, but from 1972 started to limit its primary focus to running shoes.

Brooks dna playing cards produced by Gemaco for Brooks running shoes Brooks dna playing cards produced by Gemaco for Brooks running shoes

Above: Brooks dna playing cards produced by Gemaco for Brooks running shoes. Undated.

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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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