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Published October 05, 2014 Updated March 31, 2022

Greek Heroes

Playing Cards manufactured by Aspioti Elka A.E., 1960, with ancient greek-style courts.

1960 Greece Aspioti Elka A.E. Myths & Legends Add to Collection

Playing Cards manufactured by Aspioti Elka A.E. “Elleinikon Monopolion Paienioxarton. Klasis A Koina”, 1960, with attractive ancient greek-style courts with Greek indices (crowns above Kings’ suit sign). The court cards portray ancient heroes of Greece. The National indices on French-suited cards are in Greek characters: B (King); K (Queen or Maid); Ɵ (Valet).

In Greece adhesive bands on the package were used for tax purposes which were cancelled with a stamp. See the tax band on the Box

Playing Cards manufactured by Aspioti Elka A.E., 1960

Above: playing Cards manufactured by Aspioti Elka A.E. depicting Greek Heroes, 52 cards + 2 Jokers, 1960.

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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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