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