58 Playing Cards from Ukraine

Playing Cards from Ukraine

Posted on October 2, 2008 by

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If you ever wondered how do Ukrainian playing cards might look like here is a sample.

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58 Responses to “Playing Cards from Ukraine”

  1. Punx says:

    Absolutely awesome! Where do I get them?

  2. LiraNuna says:

    Whoa, the mirroring is done so seamless…

  3. Sala Krestu says:

    Excellent cards

  4. Niels R. says:

    Very very nice!

  5. Nemen says:

    is it the englishukraine.com?

  6. Shycookie says:

    where do you see a kirghizian?

  7. Johnny says:

    Nice cards, they look really typical. Must have been drawn by a real good artist.
    The King of Hearts has kind of a hammer, the Ace of Clubs girly shows a sickle – this makes hammer & sickle! So the KGB secretly had some influence on the card designing?

    • Oleg says:

      The “Ace of Clubs” is actually a Queen (Dama). That would explain why it a card with a female drawn on it.

    • Lena says:

      For Pete’s sake! As if the Bolsheviks pulled the hammer & sickle out of thin air….. (or, for that matter, the Nazis the swastika). I think the artist is Vladyslav Yerko.

  8. Lev says:

    Wait… are these people supposed to be Ukrainian? Because most of them don’t look it.

    • Domo says:

      Yes, they are Ukrainians. Not the typical Ukrainians, but the classical ones!

    • Funktomas says:

      This cards are made by the ukranian artist Vladislav Erko based on popular “Taras Bulba”

      The conbination of tradicional caracters and modern techniques in this work is masterly!

      I love russian art and I love this site for things like this.

  9. Eris says:

    @ Alex_AW:
    Agreed. As for mixing up Russians and Kirghiz, IMO, it’s like about mixing up Germans and Chinese — one needs to be blind, deaf and dumb at the same time.

    • Sam says:

      Reminds me of the joke about the man hired as a translator. “I know every language in the world except Greek.” “Perfect.” says the new boss. Then when he is asked to translate something, he can’t. His boss says “What did he say?” “I don’t know, it’s Greek to me.”

  10. CZenda says:

    Your conspiracy theory is futile here.
    The King of Hearts holds a mace. It is not a hammer.
    Picture 6 shows a figure with a knife typical for Balkan countries.
    Analyze that ;-)

  11. AndersonBMX says:

    i prefer the porn cards

  12. portia says:

    King of Diamonds is the wearer of the Original Combover.

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  14. Shizo says:

    Awesome cards! The Queens look like the original Soviet cards from 20 years ago.

  15. mk23z says:

    B spade looks like Maciej Kozlowski in “With Fire and Sword” :-)


  16. Timhotep says:

    One more reason to travel to Ukraine, I´d love to have a deck!

  17. chewbie says:

    Can anybody please tell me what the name of the character with the bow is?

  18. Chicken says:

    I love these playing cards :)

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  22. Lena says:

    For Pete’s sake! As if the Bolsheviks pulled the hammer & sickle out of thin air….. (or, for that matter, the Nazis the swastika)

  23. Xpltivdletd says:

    The artwork is stunning. Never thought of Ukraine as part of those fun-loving, forever-feuding clans in Appalachia-on-the-Adriatic, (somebody’s ‘Balkans’ comment) but I’m not here to initiate any urination-competition.

    I would buy such a deck of cards. And I don’t play with cards very much. I have attention-span issues that seem to surface there and in no other activity. But those are art in a portable form. Nicely-done!

  24. Freeroll says:

    Must made it via poker cards in online poker rooms :)

  25. JunkWarrior says:


  26. Yoron says:

    Send me a pack. I think I might even stand loosing some money looking at them. And that’s a feat hard to do :)

  27. Gavin Perry says:

    They are the best looking cards i,ve ever seen where can i but a pack online?

  28. Wow some really unique photos!


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  32. Tymofii says:

    It is great pictures!
    Look at the pictures of ukrainian cossacs here – it is good too

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  34. nas says:

    The artist who made this cards is V. Erko!
    Please write it , in order to obay the author’s rights!

  35. David says:

    The joker card looks like its putin in disguise.

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