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.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A few new games survived and are still around today; most came and went and are only witnessed in th...
Politicards™ 2016 & Politikids 2016: twin decks of satirical playing cards produced by Peter Green f...
Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court...
“Politically Wild John McCain” published by Newt’s Playing Cards, USA, 2008.
Politicards 2004 with satirical cartoons by the award-winning illustrator Peter Green, USA.
Politicards 1971 for the presidential election in which Richard Nixon won a landslide victory.
Politicards 1984 with caricatures by Donald Gates, published by the Kamber Group, USA.
Keep-em honest playing cards designed by Chris Cooper and published by Dark Horse Deluxe.
“Don’t come back” playing cards produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offend...
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
Famous people associated with Nicolas Fouquet’s splendid château of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
Dinosaurs from different ages and locations, with artwork by Virginijus Poshkus.
“De Tarot in de herstelde orde” (The Tarot in the restored order) a re-ordered Rider-Waite tarot dec...
Two very remarkable tarots by the award winning Dutch cartoonist Marcel Ruijters.
Traditional Italian card game with comic designs by Benito Jacovitti.
‘Star Wars: a New Hope’ playing cards to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film Star Wars, USA, ...
A flicker pack with different backs, advertising the Saab 900 Convertible motor car.
‘Baraja Mística’ satirical playing-cards featuring revelling clergy published by Litografía Fernánde...
National Railway Museum with drawings by Stuart Black, United Kingdom, 1993.
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Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769) was an English writer who made his name by writing on whist and a selection...
Anti-Communist propaganda pack with satirical designs by Benito Jacovitti.
Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.
54 classic images from a bygone age of railway travel from the National Railway Museum, York.