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Battle of Grunwald

Medieval style playing cards commemorating the Battle of Grunwald (1410), designed and published by Studio Wena, 2011

2011 Poland KZWP-Trefl Medieval Add to Collection

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  wikipedia

An extra Joker card lists the personalities depicted on the cards.

playing cards commemorating the Battle of Grunwald designed and published by Studio Wena, 2011

Above: playing cards commemorating the Battle of Grunwald designed and published by Studio Wena, 2011.

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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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