Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa. Several of these are among the world’s tallest and fastest animals such as the majestic giraffe or the speedy cheetah. Others are endangered due to hunting or protected in national parks and private game reserves. See the Box & Jokers►
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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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
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.
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
Traditional Italian card game with comic designs by Benito Jacovitti.
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.
Official souvenir pack showing 52 coloured exhibits from the New York World’s Fair, 1964-6.
‘Century of Progress’ Exposition playing cards produced by Western Playing Card Company, USA, 1933. ...
Multicoloured Belgian/Genoese pattern cards, probably printed by Fournier for Lebanon.
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Nation’s capital souvenir playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 19...
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
A celebration of some of Ireland’s most famous patriots, politicians and poets.
Calendar events and visitor attractions to be found in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.
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Characters from the famous Italian comic book series, Tex, created by Gian Luigi Bonelli and Aurelio...
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Famous people and places of the Somme department in northern France, with designs by James Hodges.
Greenpeace anti-nuclear pack with facts and figures, United Kingdom, 2003.
Crop Circles collectable playing cards with photography by Lucy Pringle, United Kingdom, 2007.
African art and symbolism on playing cards designed by John J. Beckvermit III, USA, 1994.