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Published November 09, 2018 Updated June 07, 2022

Le Avventure di Pinocchio

Avventure di Pinocchio by Dal Negro, based on Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.

1980 Italy Dal Negro Pinocchio Folklore Literature Card Games Add to Collection

Le Avventure di Pinocchio produced by Teodomiro Dal Negro around 1980, based on Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel for children “The Adventures of Pinocchio”. This story seems to have struck a chord with people all over the world. Pinocchio is two Italian words put together :- Pine (pine) and Occhio (eye). Pinocchio wasn’t a very lovable character in Collodi’s book but Disney turned him into something much more appealing in the 1940 film. The deck is subdivided into four sets of 9 cards (labelled A-I) plus 4 extra cards, making a total of 40 cards. See the Rules

Pinocchio card game produced by Dal Negro, c.1980 Pinocchio card game produced by Dal Negro, c.1980 Pinocchio card game produced by Dal Negro, c.1980 Pinocchio card game produced by Dal Negro, c.1980 Pinocchio card game produced by Dal Negro, c.1980
Pinocchio card game produced by Dal Negro, c.1980

Above: Avventure di Pinocchio card game produced by Dal Negro, c.1980. 40 large sized cards + rules in box.

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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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