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Peter Pan - Gibsons Editions

Updated: Jan 24

Peter Pan Card Game, Pepys Series


First Published: 1988, by Gibsons Games, London

Illustrator or Designer: Charles A. Buchel

Contents: 44 Cards + Folded Rules Sheet


Peter Pan - Box Front

Peter Pan - Box Front


Peter Pan features 11 characters from J.M. Barrie's book: Mr Darling, Mrs Darling, Starkey, See, John, Nana, Captain Hook, Wendy, Peter Pan, The Wolf and The Crocodile..


Each of the characters has 4 identical cards.


Peter Pan cards: Mr Darling, Mrs Darling, Starkey, See, John, Nana, Captain Hook, Wendy, and Peter Pan.

Peter Pan cards: Mr Darling, Mrs Darling, Starkey, See, John, Nana, Captain Hook, Wendy, and Peter Pan.


Peter Pan cards: The Wolf and The Crocodile.

Peter Pan cards: The Wolf and The Crocodile.



Peter Pan was introduced as a new addition to the Pepys range by Gibsons Games when they took over the brand in 1984. It is unrelated, except in its theme, to the 1953 Disney film tie-in "Peter and the Pirates" by Pepys and also a completely different game to Pepys' 1939 Peter Pan.


The 1939 Pepys Peter Pan rule book features this notice on the inside front cover:

The 1939 Pepys Peter Pan Rules: "By permission of, and in collaboration with the original Publishers of Peter  Pan card game,  H.P GIBSON & SONS LTD. London, E.C.1"

"By permission of, and in collaboration

with the original Publishers of Peter

Pan card game,

H.P GIBSON & SONS LTD.

London, E.C.1"


The H.P. Gibsons game that this notice refers to was Peter Pan, published by Gibsons and printed by Thomas de la Rue in around 1912. Pepys had sought permission to use the same title for their own game. So the 1988 Peter Pan was a new version of an old game for Gibsons and an old title with a completely new design for Pepys.


In their reissue Gibsons retained all but two of the original characters, a Mermaid and "Slightly" and simplified the numbering of the cards. The original illustrations by Charles A. Buchel were faithfully reproduced.


By 1988 all Gibsons Games bore barcodes on their boxes. I haven't seen any other version of this game, some copies do vary slightly in the shade of green used in the boxes, card backs and rules but no more than is usual between production runs. If I find a version with noticeable differences I will add an example to this page.


There is no full address for Gibsons given in the game just "London".


To compare the original 1912 Gibsons version with this Pepys branded version visit World of Playing Cards.



Game & Version Details

Peter Pan 1988 Edition


Peter Pan - Box Front

Box Front




 Card Back

Card Back


​ ​  Rules Front

Rules Front





 Rules Back The address for Gibsons Games is simply "London"

Rules Back

The address for Gibsons Games is simply "London"


 ​  ​Box Back, Claret "British Birds" No barcode. ​Box Back, Purple "Wild Flowers" No barcode. and unvented ​Box Back, Green © H.P.Gibson & Sons Ltd., London

​Box Back, Green

© H.P.Gibson & Sons Ltd., London



Box Top The box is unvented.

Box Top

The box is unvented.


Box Base

Box Base


​ ​  Top Flap Top Flap Made in the E.E.C.

Top Flap

Made in the E.E.C.


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