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

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.


By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

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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.

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1995 Rzeszowskie Zakłady Farmaceutyczne “Polfa”

Rzeszowskie Zakłady Farmaceutyczne “Polfa”

Photographs of pharmaceutical products, produced for RZF, Rzeszów, Poland, c.1995.

2001 Dertor Bridge

Dertor Bridge

Cards intended for international use by Dertor Sp. z o.o., Warsaw, Poland, c.2001.

2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme covers from 1956 to 2016 published by Winning Moves UK Ltd.

2000 Fundacja Polsat Dzieciom

Fundacja Polsat Dzieciom

Set of caricatures and cartoons in aid of a Polish children’s charity. c.2000.

1985 Polish fortune-telling cards

Polish fortune-telling cards

Fortune-telling pack with divinatory rhymes in Polish, c.1985.

2005 Korchma Taras Bulba

Korchma Taras Bulba

The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine

1962 Folk Cards

Folk Cards

Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.

1500 Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages

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Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern

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Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantasie” series.

1927 Middle Ages

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Middle Ages by Germano & Cª, (Litografia Maia),

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Souvenir of Norway deck.

2010 Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw

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Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw.

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2011 Roman Empire

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Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011.

1961 Romance Español

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“Romance Español” designed by Carlos Sáenz de Tejada and published by Heraclio Fournier in various editions since 1951.

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‘Królewskie’ playing cards with Slavic style courts, printed by KZWP-Trefl, 2002.

1998 Starościanka


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1966 Rhineland Pattern by KZWP

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2003 Disney Collectible Cards

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2004 Quickie Wheelchairs

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Uncut sheet of ‘Quickie’ Wheelchairs Quartet card game, made in Poland 2004

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“Klipp Klapp Karten” printed by KZWP-Trefl (Poland) for Kindermuseum Oelde (Germany) in 2004

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1523 Hans Sebald Beham

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Playing cards designed by Hans Sebald Beham (1500–1550).

1958 Gdynia-America Line

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Battle of Grunwald

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



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