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Corrida de Toros

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969. There are fifteen pairs of cards which depict scenes from a bullfight plus the bull card. These were no doubt sold to tourists as a typical Spanish souvenir in those days. The illustrations show how bullfighting is seen to be both a sport and performance art. See the Rules

Corrida de Toros publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969 Corrida de Toros publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969 Corrida de Toros publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969 Corrida de Toros publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969

Above: Corrida de Toros publshed by Naipes Comas, Naipes y Especialidades Gráficas S.A., Barcelona, 1969. 30 cards + bull card + rules in box. The rules are supplied in English, french and German.


Above: a multi-language programme for the performance in 1967.

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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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