Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian ‘Seasons’ deck originally produced by Salamon Antal, Kecskemét in 1860, with German suit symbols.
The four seasons are portrayed on the four deuces (twos) with inscriptions in Hungarian.
The four kings are mounted horsemen and most of the numeral cards have small vignettes.
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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 Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Katie Abey’s rainbow-coloured designs using crazy animals to convey motivating phrases.
Eclipse Comic playing cards is a reproduction of the first transformation pack printed in the USA in...
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.
Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
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.
Artist Edward Locker’s view of London life in 1799, using every card in the pack as part of the pict...
Cowboys and American Indians on a pack for Neiman Marcus, the Dallas department store.
Re-edition of a French-suited Spanish pack from the Napoleonic era, with designs by J. Carrafa.
Museo del Prado: Pintores y familias reales / Painters and royal families playing cards.
Baraja conmemorativa del 130 aniversario de naipes Heraclio Fournier (1868-1998) Spain, 1998.
Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.
Facts, figures, stories and scandals about the 1906 Earthquake published by the Golden Gate National...
New Orleans and Gulf souvenir playing cards from c1900 reprinted for the 52 Plus Joker Convention in...
Facsimile of cards attributed to Hans Schäufelein (c. 1480-1540) produced by ‘Calliope’, a New York ...
Facsimile edition of ‘La-Tee-Da’ transformation playing cards, originally made in 1865 by Dean & Son...
Reproduction of a pack by Antoine Dieudonné, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, c1850.
Reproduction of a French pack by François Silvestre intended to teach heraldry, produced in Paris in...
“Spielkarten in Bromsilber-Photographie” facsimile edition by Vito Arienti of Edizioni del Solleone,...
Baraja El Quijote, facsimile of original deck designed by E. Pastor, reprinted by Naipes Heraclio Fo...
Grover Cleveland Presidential Campaign playing cards of 1888, USA, [reprint 1980].