A promotion deck for Fondation Charcot Stichting, a Multiple Sclerosis charity in Belgium, with benevolent contributions from well-known comic book artists, as well as Carta Mundi, who printed the cards. Many cards have a signature, often dated 1990. See the info card►
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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.
Hotel Lena playing cards published by Bichik in Yakutsk in 2001.
Advertising for Mopenco, the Dutch Fountain Pen King
Playing cards in Russian life - Karty v zhizni Rossii - published by Aleksandr Lutkovskii in 2004.
Samye malen’kie v mire igral’nye karty / The world’s smallest playing cards
Limited edition luxury playing cards by Billionaire Boys Club and Theory 11.
Licensed and sponsored product for the Benfica Football Club, Lisbon, Portugal, 2006.
1920s gangster-themed playing cards, "The Grand", were produced by Kevin Yu under the Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Company brand name, after raising CAD$104,453 from 884 backers on Kickstarter in 2021.
South Park characters and famous one-liners, by Carta Mundi for Hasbro Int. Inc., 2001.
Portuguese regional costumes published by the French division of Banco Pinto & Sotto Mayor.
Publicity pack for the Harley and Helmsley Hotels, U.S.A., c.1986.
A set of advertising poster stamps for C.L.Wüst playing cards.
Pack of cards celebrating Allied Victory in the Second World War.
Sirocco, nautical themed playing cards by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co. and designed by Nathan Oser, 2020.
Luxury playing cards produced by Theory11 in collaboration with The Nomad Hotel in New York City.
Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.
An extraordinary Spanish pack of chocolate advertising playing cards dating from 1920
Great Britains’s Olympic gold medallists from 1964 to 2004 published by the British Olympic Association.
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
Marvel’s Avengers: The Infinity Saga Premium Playing Cards produced by Theory11 and designed by Mattson Creative, 2021.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
Gó Succo fruit juice promotion deck featuring Walt Disney cartoons.
Complete re-design of traditional pack into what the publishers considered to be ergonomically efficient.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
Dubois card makers from Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.
Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.
Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.