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Published January 15, 2018 Updated June 25, 2023

Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic featuring beer drinkers.

1980 Czech Republic Obchodní Tiskárny Advertising Breweries Add to Collection

Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic featuring beer drinkers on the court cards and joker.

Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic, c1980 Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic, c1980 Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic, c1980

Above: Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic produced/distributed by Koospol, c1975 or c1980.

Note from Roddy Somerville

The pack definitely dates from the Communist era, since Koospol (7S, Joker, and back design) was the centralised import and export agency for agricultural products and supplies. Koospol did not produce or distribute the pack; it was printed by Obchodni Tiskarny (OTK).

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

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.


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