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Published January 22, 2021 Updated September 27, 2023

Crikey!

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.

2013 United Kingdom Bird Playing Cards D.C. Thomson & Co. Piatnik Dudley D. Watkins Comic Books Humour Literature Pop Culture Add to Collection
Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.

In yesterday’s world of comics, everyone was fair game. DC Thompson, founded in 1905 by a family with local shipping interests, had shrewdly spotted a gap in the market for boys’ papers... more

Enjoy this nostalgic review of the best of British comics, including The Beano, The Dandy, Bunty and Jackie and the unforgettable characters contained within.

Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013 Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013 Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013 Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013 Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013 Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013 Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013

Above: Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.
All featured material © DC Thomson & Co Ltd 2013 www.dcthomson.co.uk
Designed By Haime & Butler www.haime-butler.com
Printed in the EU by Piatnik, Vienna www.piatnik.com
Published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013 www.birdplayingcards.com
With special thanks to Martin Lindsay and & Rory Duncan of DCT.

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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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