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Whitman card games

In the 1970s Whitman Publishing Co. ordered a series of popular games from Hong Kong for the UK market.

Space 1999

Gerry Anderson’s Space 1999 card game published by Whitman in 1978, featuring characters and ships from the 1970s Space 1999 television serial. The deck contains 8 character cards (4 of each) and 4 switch cards. Character cards have symbols at top left corners: stars, moons, chequers & planets. Commander John Koenig has moon symbols. See the Rules

Space 1999, published by Whitman, 1978

Above: Space 1999 card game, published by Whitman, 1978. 36 cards in box.

Paddington

Paddington, 1974

Above: Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman, 1974  more

Superman, 1978

Superman

Superman is a fictional superhero who first appeared in American comic books published by DC Comics in 1938. See the Rules

Superman, 1978

Above: Superman card game published in UK by Whitman. 36 cards in box. © D.C. Comics Inc 1978.

Wonder Woman, 1978

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a fictional superheroine first appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics in 1941, during World War II. See the Rules

Wonder Woman, 1978

Above: Wonder Woman card game published in UK by Whitman. 36 cards in box. © D.C. Comics Inc 1978.

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

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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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