Covers of old 1940s police and private detective story books, for lovers of adventure, science fiction, horror and fantasy. Titles include Tomb of the Living, The Gun Talks, Keyhole Peeper, Lethal Lover, Men Must Die, Murder in Red, The Lady is a Witch, Despairing Bride, Hooded Death and many other true stories! See the Box►
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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.
Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.
Spyscape espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed playing cards, 2018.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Feminine beauty has been appreciated since prehistory.
Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Celebrity Pin-up deck no.5513 by unknown publisher.
Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.
Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
Baby Dolls pinup deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger, c.1950s-60s.
‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986.
Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.
Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970.
Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.
Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.
Bicycle Steampunk playing cards with Gothic artwork by Anne Stokes, 2015.
World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019.
Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game.
Bicycle Knights playing cards designed by Sam Hayles in 2018.
Bicycle Cybertech playing cards inspired by cyberpunk genre, illustrated by Jamie Meza, 2019.
‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack.
Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017.
Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010.
Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960.
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005.
Lego Batman Movie playing cards, 2017
Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español published by Difusora S.A., c.1980.
Dan Dare sci-fi card game based upon Frank Hampson’s pictures in the Eagle comic, published in 1953.
Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, 2017.
Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.
Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940,
“Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg” or “Coach Ride to Devil’s Castle” by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach, published by Adlung-Spiele in 2006.
“Romance Español” designed by Carlos Sáenz de Tejada and published by Heraclio Fournier in various editions since 1951.
“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830.
“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970
Chérie No 7022 designed by Hans & Louise Neupert, nice vibrant artwork, swinging 60s
Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider 20 Years Commemorative Deck, 2016.
“What the Butler Saw” playing cards depicting tasteful photography of the female body.