Produced under the Bicycle brand by the United States Playing Card Company c. 1993, this pack both celebrates the centenary of the modern Olympic Games, 1896-1996, and also promotes the Games to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in the centennial year of 1996. Each card, with the exception of the Aces, depicts nostalgic logos, posters and mascots from both the Summer and Winter Games over the last century. The Aces show the same mascot of the [then] forthcoming Games in Atlanta, 1996. There are two wildcards and two extra information cards: the first detailing the origins of the modern Olympics and the second promoting the forthcoming Atlanta Games. See the box►
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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.
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.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
Recoloured version of the Rider/Waite/Smith tarot produced by Frankie Albano, 1968.
‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
Umbrella Academy playing cards created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, USA, 2019.
Romeo and Juliet playing cards illustrated by Belgian artist Virginie Carquin 2016.
Based on the knowledge, wisdom and interpretation of Paul Foster Case and Arthur Edward Waite.
“The New Palladini Tarot” by David Palladini published by U.S. Games Inc., in 1996.
Pack conceived by Berthold Conradi, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the granting of town righ...
The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini, published by Morgan Press, Inc., 1970.
Dondorf Jägerkarte Nr. 465 playing cards dedicated to the theme of hunting, c.1930.
The Linweave Tarot is actually an elaborate set of paper samples from the Pulp, Paper and Board Divi...
Photographs of political and media figures associated with the Presidency of Donald Trump (2017-2021...
Reproductions of cigarette cards from 1910 on the subject of the early days of aviation.
Dinosaurs from different ages and locations, with artwork by Virginijus Poshkus.
A different dinosaur for each of the four suits, two printed in red and two in blue.
Commemorative Olympic Playing Cards produced by Waddingtons exclusively for Stanley Gibbons Antiquar...
Eclipse Comic playing cards is a reproduction of the first transformation pack printed in the USA in...
Old West Guns playing cards containing information about firearms from the Old West, USA.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Honouring the bicentenary of the Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon flights in 1783.
Centennial Olympic Games playing cards celebrating the centenary of the modern Olympic Games, 1896-1...
Kings of India playing cards depicting the four greatest dynasties of India.
‘Star Wars: a New Hope’ playing cards to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film Star Wars, USA, ...
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.