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Published January 04, 2024 Updated January 04, 2024

Trump playing cards

Trump playing cards produced by the Godesky brothers, USA, 2016.

2016 USA Godesky Kickstarter Political Add to Collection

Produced by the Godesky brothers, and funded through Kickstarter in 2016, this colourful pack portrays right-wing political activists, far-right commentators, nationalist podcasters and social media figures as various leaders of the Western world from different periods of history. While the Queens, Jacks, Aces, 9s and 10s of each suit are all different individuals such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Stefan Molyneux, Baked Alaska, Tila Tequila, Gavin McInnes, Lauren Southern, and others, all of the Kings are Donald Trump... as Julius Caesar (spades); George Washington (hearts - in this pack they are replaced by apples); as himself (diamonds); and as Nigel Farage (clubs). The two jokers are the alt-right activist Pax Dickinson and the internet comedian Sam Hyde. More information about the pack can be found on the original Kickstarter website

Trump playing cards produced by the Godesky brothers, USA, 2016 Trump playing cards produced by the Godesky brothers, USA, 2016 Trump playing cards produced by the Godesky brothers, USA, 2016

Above: Trump playing cards produced by the Godesky brothers, USA, 2016.

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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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