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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973.

Figuritas Golazo “Barajitas Futbolísticas” Spanish-suited football cards from Argentina, with caricatures of players on each card (managers on the kings). Cards were sold in small envelopes containing three playing cards plus photos of football players which were collected and exchanged. There were two matching sets of 40 cards each, with colour-coordinated suits.

Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973
Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973 Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973 Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973 Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973

Above: Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973. There were two matching sets of 40 cards each. Thanks to Fabian Chandzelek.

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