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John Sterling - Distigráfica S.R.L.

John Sterling was a distributor of various French or Spanish-suited budget brands of playing card in Argentina, often published anonymously or in association with Distigrafica S.R.L. Some of them may have been printed in China. Decks often include a lute-playing joker.

ESSO Shop playing cards by John Sterling, 1999

Above: ESSO Shop playing cards printed in red/yellow/black by John Sterling, 1999. 52 cards + 2 jokers + extra card in box.

various playing cards published by John Sterling

Above: various playing card brands published by John Sterling.


Spanish suited cards

Many budget-grade decks are sold anonymously to avoid licensing or because they verge on obscenity.

Diego Maradona football deck published by John Sterling / Distigráfica S.R.L., 2000

Above: Diego Maradona football deck published by John Sterling / Distigráfica S.R.L., 2000. 48 cards + 2 jokers in box. The two jokers have the lute player as index signs but otherwise the pack is completely anonymous.

Naipes Para Ellos published by John Sterling / Distigráfica S.R.L., c.2005

Above: Naipes Para Ellos published by John Sterling / Distigráfica S.R.L., c.2005. 48 cards + 2 jokers in box. In the same format as the above example, both jokers have the lute player index sign but otherwise the pack is completely anonymous.

Last Updated March 14, 2019 at 04:43pm

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