Naipes La Española successors to Naipes Vigor operating since 1945
Naipes La Española - Gráfica 2001 is owned today by the original Naipes Vigor founder's son. Located in the district of San Martín, Buenos Aires, it is now one of Argentina's leading playing card manufacturers, exporting to several other South American countries. They also hold the licence for Cromy card games.
Updated versions of original brands (La Española, Barcelonesa, Fantasio) are still being produced. Both classic Spanish-suited packs (Español Classic and Barcelonesa) and digitally re-drawn designs (La Española 2000), as well as Naipes El Taita, Naipes Fantasio, Naipes Aparcero, La Italiana (an Italian-style pack based on the Napolitan pattern) and other games are all available in several sizes (standard, round, small and pocket sizes), printed on single-thickness or three-ply card and finished with ultra-violet, silicone-based varnish on both sides for perfect sliding. Plastic or cardboard cases see more →
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980.
“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.
Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002.
“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003.
Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez.
Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.
Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español published by Difusora S.A., c.1980.
Clark’s Industries Spanish Cards, c.1975.
Hand-drawn semi-erotic, satirical playing cards by Lautaro Fiszman ‘El Tripero’, 2002.
Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979
The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.
Humorous playing cards designed by Carlos Garaycochea, Buenos Aires, c.2002.
“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000
Roche Pharmaceutical playing cards, 1980s.
Spanish playing cards with Pre-Columbian designs from Argentina, 2001.
World Cup ’98 football team pack for Paradigma Consulting Group, 2000.
‘Mundialito’ toy football playing cards published inside the magazine ‘Radiolandia 2000’, Argentina, 1978.
“Baraja Gaucha” fantasy deck designed by Mateo Tikas Plechas for Argentina, 1998.
Anonymous “La Baraja” Spanish deck, c.2005.
Baraja Gaucha by Juan C. Yelina for Profertil S.A., 2006.
125th anniversary of the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service, 2004.
Naipes de Poker “Milonguita” featuring early Tango music score covers, Gardés Editorial, 2003.
‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001.
‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005.
“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television.
Promotional playing cards produced for ‘El Rodeo Talabartería’ specialising in leather goods and clothing, Buenos Aires, c.2006.
Naipes “La Estrella” Spanish-suited playing cards made for BOLS gin by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1954
‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003.
Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973.
Naipes Truco “Únicos” with caricatures of national celebrities designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006.
Gráfica S.A. of Buenos Aires has produced a number of brands using the Catalan pattern.
Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s.
Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960.
“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001
Naipes Arlequin come in both International and Spanish versions.
“Naipes Argentinos Patagonia” with court cards depicting gauchos and native Indians, c.2000.
“Naipes Gauchescos Argentinos” with re-styled Spanish suit-symbols reflecting Argentinean culture, 2004.
'Foto Joker' Spanish playing cards for Matera Color Laboratory, 2008.
Topo Gigio card game by Joker S.A., Argentina, c.1985.
“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958.