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Renovation 2.000 playing cards with special courts designed by Jean Hoffmann.

Renovation 2.000 playing cards with special courts designed by Jean Hoffmann, manufactured by A.S.S., c.1958. The courts all look like 1940s film stars!

The deck was first published by La Turnhoutoise in c.1948, later reprinted by Carta Mundi, and also republished by ASS to commemorate their 125th year Jubilee. See the “125 Jahre” label

Renovation 2.000 playing cards manufactured by A.S.S., c.1958 Renovation 2.000 playing cards manufactured by A.S.S., c.1958

Above: double boxed set of Renovation 2.000 playing cards with special courts, manufactured by A.S.S., c.1958 to commemorate their 125th year Jubilee. 52 cards + 3 jokers in box. The jokers have star indices and the ASS logo can be seen on the 10 of clubs.

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

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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.


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