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Naipes de Truco

box from Naipes de Truco manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999 detail from the Ace of Coins from Naipes de Truco manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999

Naipes de Truco

manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999

Carlos Gardel became the tango's first international superstar, aided by the emerging gramophone and radio industries. His portrait, seen here on the Ace of Coins, the reverse and the box, attests to his legendary status. Featuring characters and icons from the culture of the Argentine Tango, the cards were distributed with a weekly music magazine and needed to be collected over many weeks to obtain a complete set of 40 cards! A bandoneon is shown on the ace.

Naipes de Truco manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999

Above: Gardel charismatically smiles from this special pack manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999. These cards are probably one of the earliest examples of a digitally-produced pack of playing cards using photoshopped artwork. The cards were distributed with a weekly music magazine, making it hard to complete a set!

Last Updated August 04, 2015 at 12:11pm

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