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Naipes La Banca, Argentina c.1970-85

Naipes La Banca, producers of playing cards, Argentina c.1970-85.

Naipes La Banca's logo

Naipes La Banca produced a series of standard and advertising decks during the 1970-80s, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type, as well as an "Egyptian Tarot" deck. Decks usually carry the words "Naipes La Banca" - see right - and "Industria Argentina" but no further details of the manufacturer are available.

Right: cards from a standard Anglo-American type deck with La Banca's most common Joker. The ace of spades and court cards are based on American designs.

Decks were produced with simple patterned backs, or with advertising.

Naipes La Banca's standard Anglo-American style deck

Right: cards from a jumbo-index Anglo-American type deck with La Banca's "Beefeater" Joker.

Naipes La Banca's Jumbo-index Anglo-American style deck

Right: cards from La Banca's original re-drawing of the Catalan pattern. Identical decks were subsequently produced with the brand name "Naipes Castilla" by Offest Sacerdoti Printers, Bs. As., who list playing cards in their range of products.

Naipes La Banca's modern Catalan style deck

Right: cards from a Spanish-suited deck based on Fournier's "Castilian" design with an original Joker design and the legend 'La Banca' appearing on the ace of coins, the Joker and the four of cups.

Naipes La Banca's Castilian style deck

Right: cards from a Spanish-suited deck based on Fournier's "Castilian" design, but with a redrawn ace of coins. The Argentinean flag now appears draped around the sides and a lion, cornucopia and anchor appear at the bottom.

Naipes La Banca's Castilian style deck
Last Updated June 30, 2015 at 09:11pm

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