Medieval style playing cards commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald (1410), designed and published by Studio Wena, 2011. The Battle of Grunwald was fought on 15 July 1410, during the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War, and was one of the largest battles in Medieval Europe
An extra Joker card lists the personalities depicted on the cards.
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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.
Photographs of pharmaceutical products, produced for RZF, Rzeszów, Poland, c.1995.
Cards intended for international use by Dertor Sp. z o.o., Warsaw, Poland, c.2001.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme covers from 1956 to 2016 published by Winning Moves UK Ltd.
Set of caricatures and cartoons in aid of a Polish children’s charity. c.2000.
Fortune-telling pack with divinatory rhymes in Polish, c.1985.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantasie” series.
Middle Ages by Germano & Cª, (Litografia Maia),
Souvenir of Norway deck.
Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw.
Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.
Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011.
“Romance Español” designed by Carlos Sáenz de Tejada and published by Heraclio Fournier in various editions since 1951.
“Europe” designed by Teodoro N. Miciano and printed by Heraclio Fournier in 1962, portraying XIV century European fashions.
Animal suited playing cards engraved by the Master of the Playing Cards, Germany, c.1455
Anonymous “La Baraja” Spanish deck, c.2005.
Medieval View of Gambling in the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Jheronimus Bosch
The luxury, hand-painted Stuttgart Cards (Stuttgarter Kartenspiel) dated c.1430, with suits of ducks, falcons, stags and hounds.
“Jeu de Bataille” card game published by Éditions Willeb, Paris. The court cards represent characters from different nationalities or ethnic groups who are presumably engaged in battle
Set of medieval playing cards with King, Queen, Knave and numeral cards from one to ten in each of four suits which refer to the activity of hunting, as practiced by the nobility.
“Four Centuries” playing cards by Esselte Öbergs with court cards depicted as caricatures from different historical periods.
‘Królewskie’ playing cards with Slavic style courts, printed by KZWP-Trefl, 2002.
“Starościanka” playing cards manufactured by KZWP-Trefl (Poland), first issued in1998
Rhineland pattern by KZWP.
‘Veto’ is a Polish CCG game. Players compete for power and influence. The game is set in 17th century.
Disney collectable cards showing scenes from Disney animated movies, printed in Poland by KZWP-Trefl, 2003.
Uncut sheet of ‘Quickie’ Wheelchairs Quartet card game, made in Poland 2004
“Klipp Klapp Karten” printed by KZWP-Trefl (Poland) for Kindermuseum Oelde (Germany) in 2004
Unique pack of playing cards created for the British Museum with illustrations by Frances Button.
Bavarian single-ended pattern by Vereinigte Altenburg-Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A-G., c.1937
Playing cards designed by Hans Sebald Beham (1500–1550).
Non-standard playing cards produced by Artex (Budapest) for the Gdynia-America Line, Poland, c.1958.
Pomorski Poker (Pomeranian Poker) is a gallery of characters from the region: politicians, media, culture, athletes, entrepreneurial women, etc.
Medieval style playing cards commemorating the Battle of Grunwald (1410), designed and published by Studio Wena, 2011
“Kasztelańskie No. 460” playing cards manufactured by Krakowskie Zaklady Wyrobów Papierowych, Crakow, c.1980s.
Cardiology Trials - limited edition playing cards by Krakowskie Zaklady Wyrobów Papierowych Trefl (KZWP), 2003
Russian style “Slavic Costumes” playing cards first published in 1911