Capilettor health-related playing cards, featuring lots of syringes, published by ASS, Leinfelden, 1978. The designer / artist is unknown. We learn to put our faith in our needle friends!
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.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
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.
French-suited Æsop’s fables tarot produced by Leipzig Industrie Comptoir, c.1800-1825.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
Pack conceived by Berthold Conradi, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the granting of town righ...
Dondorf Jägerkarte Nr. 465 playing cards dedicated to the theme of hunting, c.1930.
On-line offsite data backup publicity playing cards produced by The Bunker, United Kingdom, c. 2004....
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.
Complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany.
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Two very remarkable tarots by the award winning Dutch cartoonist Marcel Ruijters.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney characters on a pack made for Eastern Europe.
Traditional Italian card game with comic designs by Benito Jacovitti.
Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
Historical figures and artefacts from Navarre with designs by M. Sinués for the Navarre Association ...
Publicity pack for Gibert Jeune, the famous Parisian bookshop, with designs by James Hodges.
A flicker pack with different backs, advertising the Saab 900 Convertible motor car.
Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue
Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.
Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
‘Baraja Mística’ satirical playing-cards featuring revelling clergy published by Litografía Fernánde...
Some early examples of popular German playing cards from the XV and XVI centuries.
Anti-Communist propaganda pack with satirical designs by Benito Jacovitti.
Over the years I have collected a large number of mini-booklets and pocket guides offering rules and...
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Delightful pack advertising Joseph Bardou & Fils cigarette papers for the Philippines.
Cards on cards in celebration of playing-card collector Franz Braun’s 75th birthday.