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Papita Sport Kwartet

Papita Sport Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek, c.1975.

1975 Netherlands Sports Card Games Quartet Add to Collection

Papita Sport Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek (NSF) c.1975.

NSF was founded in 1950 and produces many brands including Jumbo, Diabolo, Papita and King. The roots of the NSF date back to the nineteenth century. In 1853 the Koninklijke Hausemann & Hötte N.V. (H&H) was founded in Amsterdam. After decades of steady growth and the introduction in the Netherlands of classics like Meccano and Dinky Toy, H&H decided to open its own manufacturing facility in 1950; the NSF.

Papita Sport Kwartet, c.1975 Papita Sport Kwartet, c.1975

Above: Papita Sport Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, c.1975.

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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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