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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.

Cromy card games

Juegos de Cartas Cromy card games made in Argentina 1983-1995

Cromy Club, Cromy Rioja S.A., Parque Industrial de La Rioja, Argentina, 1983-1995

Cromy card games, collectible cards and miniature figures were an undoubted success of the 80s, providing endless hours of fun and pleasure to children without the need for computers or play stations. Similar to Super Trumps and other Quartet series, the games featured mythological, legendary or scary monsters, fantasy or science fiction heroes, popular cartoon characters, animals, cars and so on including a range of titles more likely to appeal to girls. Cromy was the largest company of this type in Argentina at that time.

The firm closed down in 1995, leaving behind a legacy of popular games and fond memories. Some titles have been continued by successor companies Cromos S.A. and Panini. They are still popular, the old titles evoking nostalgia amongst former players who still collect the original games: Batman, Terminator, Silver Hawks, Football teams, Formula 1, Power Rangers, Walt Disney titles and many others.

The card games are remembered for having provided wholesome and educational entertainment for young people, developing gamesmanship, pattern recognition, classification skills and hours of fun. Follow the links below to see some examples:

Airwolf

Beauty and the Beast

Chip 'n Dale

DisneyBabies

Disney Characters

Donald Duck

Little Mermaid

 

Links to related topics:

Happy Families Games

Hijitus

Monster in My Pocket

Top Trumps

Joker S.A.

Disney Club card game by Cromy, 1990

Above: Disney Club card game by Cromy, 1990. 32 cards + rules in box   more

Mask card game by Cromy, 1988

Above: Mask card game by Cromy, 1988. 32 cards + 2 jokers + rules in box   more


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