Author(s): Damon Murray (Editor); Stephen Sorrell
A complete standard Western deck of 52 playing cards and 2 jokers, making them suitable for any card game. This deck has been put together using four different sets (one for each suit) made by Russian criminals in prison during the 1980s. Prohibited by the prison authorities, they are constructed from innocuous materials procured from the everyday routine of prison life, their unique designs skillfully manipulated so that they could be read. Confiscated and destroyed by the authorities, original decks ar difficult to obtain and often incomplete, The authentic designs reproduced here have been taken from original cards collected over the last ten years by the author. A standard Russian deck contains only 36 cards - this pack has been adapted to make a complete standard Western deck.