Dog-themed Black Peter game featuring marvellous playful caricatures with plenty of detail by Willy Mayrl, first published in c.1960, and various times since. Whoever holds the Black Cat card at the end of the game is unfortunately the loser. Willy Mayrl, a children’s book illustrator, had been designing for Piatnik over a long period, not just children’s cards (where he usually got his name printed on at least one card) but also adult cards both standard pattern and non-standard.
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Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.
His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.
Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.
Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.
His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A deck of 55 cards, celebrating the master of mystery, murder and mayhem, Alfred Hitchcock.
Politicards™ 2016 & Politikids 2016: twin decks of satirical playing cards produced by Peter Green f...
“Politically Wild John McCain” published by Newt’s Playing Cards, USA, 2008.
Politicards 2004 with satirical cartoons by the award-winning illustrator Peter Green, USA.
Politicards 1971 for the presidential election in which Richard Nixon won a landslide victory.
Politicards 1984 with caricatures by Donald Gates, published by the Kamber Group, USA.
Trappola pack of 36 double-ended cards published by Anton Herrl, Graz, Austria.
Keep-em honest playing cards designed by Chris Cooper and published by Dark Horse Deluxe.
Pack featuring six images from the Disney film of the same name, on cards made for Eastern Europe.
Katie Abey’s rainbow-coloured designs using crazy animals to convey motivating phrases.
Characters and scenes from the Disney film of the same name, on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Featuring Disney Princesses and Enchanting Tales in two sizes of pack made for Eastern Europe.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney characters on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Traditional Italian card game with comic designs by Benito Jacovitti.
Royal Hawaiian playing cards published by the Royal Hawaiian Playing Card Company, Honolulu.
A celebration of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, politicians and poets.
Conventional Lenormand designs on a pack from Piatnik but with unconventional numbering.
‘Baraja Mística’ satirical playing-cards featuring revelling clergy published by Litografía Fernánde...
Hoyle’s name is associated with the rules by which many games are played, particularly card games B...
Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769) was an English writer who made his name by writing on whist and a selection...
Anti-Communist propaganda pack with satirical designs by Benito Jacovitti.
Mountains, flowers, animals, tourist sites of the Pyrenees, all drawn by the artist Pertuzé.
Colourful card game featuring the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man and some of his fearsome advers...
Cowboys and American Indians on a pack for Neiman Marcus, the Dallas department store.
Designs by Jürgen Pankarz for the 20th anniversary of the Wolfgang Dorn advertising agency, Cologne....
‘Iceberg Free State 1923’ fantasy playing cards with a cautionary moral lesson, Germany, 2006.
Museo del Prado: Pintores y familias reales / Painters and royal families playing cards.