“Antike Götter”, a facsimile of antique single-ended playing cards depicting gods and mythological heroes, originally manufactured by Christian August Müller, Berlin, 1830. 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.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.
A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986.
Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40.
Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.
Reproduction of Richard Blome’s Heraldic playing cards, 1684, presented to lady guests at WCMPC Summer Meeting in 1888.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.
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.
Gods of Egypt playing cards dedicated to the culture of Ancient Egypt.
Bicycle Cybertech playing cards inspired by cyberpunk genre, illustrated by Jamie Meza, 2019.
Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017.
Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010.
A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005.
Pantheon or Heathen Mythology cards for instruction of youth, c.1770.
Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne
Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.
Lego Batman Movie playing cards, 2017
Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español published by Difusora S.A., c.1980.
Facsimile of Dondorf’s “Musikalisches Kartenspiel” (c.1862) published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004
“Carte Romane” designed by Giorgio Pessione, 1973, celebrating the history of Rome.
Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, 2017.
Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.
Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995.
Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940,
Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840.
“Jeu de Géographie” educational playing cards etched by Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) and published by Henry le Gras, c.1644.