The World of Playing Cards Logo

Gráfica 2001

Gráfica 2001 (Naipes ‘La Española’), successors to Naipes Vigor founded in 1945.

Founded 1945 Founded 1945

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

four cards from ‘La Española Classic’ deck with Spanish-suited courts

Above: four cards from ‘La Española Classic’ deck with traditional Spanish-suited designs. This is one of the four Spanish-suited styles available from Gráfica 2001 and is often found with advertising. It is found in 40 or 50-card versions, and can also form the basis of special decks with custom artwork →

four cards from ‘La Española 2000’ deck with digitally re-drawn Spanish-suited courts

Above: four cards from ‘La Española 2000’ deck with digitally re-drawn Spanish-suited courts and jumbo indexes. This is one of the four Spanish-suited styles available from Gráfica 2001 and is often found with advertising reverses. It can also form the basis of non-standard decks with customised artwork →


Naipes de Truco manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999

Above: Naipes de Truco for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999. An early example of a digitally-designed pack.

box from special pack manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Fastener S.R.L., Buenos Aires

Above: Naipes Fastener, a non-standard deck manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Fastener S.R.L.

box from special pack manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Cilbrás high-pressure cylinders, Buenos Aires

Above: Naipes Cilbrás, a non-standard deck for Cilbrás high-pressure cylinders.


four cards from Naipes Aparcero depicting indigenous tribes

Above: four cards from Naipes 'Aparcero' depicting indigenous tribes, printed by Gráfica 2001 and published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos as part of a range of attractive promotional gifts   more →

Naipes Argentinos Patagonia made by Gráfica 2001, c.2000

Above: Naipes Argentinos Patagonia made by Gráfica 2001, c.2000   more

four cards from ‘La Italiana’ deck based on Italian Napolitan pattern

Above: four cards from ‘La Italiana’ deck manufactured by Gráfica 2001 based on Italian Napolitan pattern.


Above: Bingo playing cards for Grupo AGG, Bs Aires, 2007

Above: Old Smuggler Whisky playing cards

Above: special promotion deck for Globalstar Satellite Systems.


advertising deck for Blenders Whisky, 2010

Above: non-standard advertising deck for Blenders Whisky, 2010. 52 cards + 2 jokers in box. The four aces feature bottles of whisky, the courts and jokers just have the title "Blenders Whisky Añejo" with no images.

avatar

By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

View Articles

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.


Leave a Reply

Recommended

1980 Egyptian Tarot

Egyptian Tarot

Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980.

1995 Naipes Criollos

Naipes Criollos

“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.

2002 Naipes Cardón

Naipes Cardón

Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002.

2003 El Oráculo de la Bruja

El Oráculo de la Bruja

“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003.

2000 Martín Fierro

Martín Fierro

Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez.

1977 Naipes Parliament por Caloi

Naipes Parliament por Caloi

Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.

Minifusor Tipo Español

Minifusor Tipo Español

Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español published by Difusora S.A., c.1980.

1975 Clark’s Industries

Clark’s Industries

Clark’s Industries Spanish Cards, c.1975.

El Tripero

El Tripero

Hand-drawn semi-erotic, satirical playing cards by Lautaro Fiszman ‘El Tripero’, 2002.

1979 Mordillo Skat

Mordillo Skat

Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979

1955 Cartas Gitanas

Cartas Gitanas

The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.

2002 Naipes Garaycochea

Naipes Garaycochea

Humorous playing cards designed by Carlos Garaycochea, Buenos Aires, c.2002.

2000 Desafio Football Caricatures

Desafio Football Caricatures

“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000

Roche Playing Cards

Roche Playing Cards

Roche Pharmaceutical playing cards, 1980s.

2001 Cartas Precolombinas

Cartas Precolombinas

Spanish playing cards with Pre-Columbian designs from Argentina, 2001.

2000 World Cup ’98

World Cup ’98

World Cup ’98 football team pack for Paradigma Consulting Group, 2000.

1978 Mundialito de Radiolandia 2000

Mundialito de Radiolandia 2000

‘Mundialito’ toy football playing cards published inside the magazine ‘Radiolandia 2000’, Argentina, 1978.

1998 Baraja Gaucha

Baraja Gaucha

“Baraja Gaucha” fantasy deck designed by Mateo Tikas Plechas for Argentina, 1998.

La Baraja

La Baraja

Anonymous “La Baraja” Spanish deck, c.2005.

2006 Baraja Gaucha Juan C. Yelina

Baraja Gaucha Juan C. Yelina

Baraja Gaucha by Juan C. Yelina for Profertil S.A., 2006.

2004 Servicio de Hidrografía Naval

Servicio de Hidrografía Naval

125th anniversary of the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service, 2004.

2003 Milonguita

Milonguita

Naipes de Poker “Milonguita” featuring early Tango music score covers, Gardés Editorial, 2003.

2001 Gaucho Naipes

Gaucho Naipes

‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001.

2005 Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol

Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol

‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005.

Piñón Fijo

Piñón Fijo

“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television.

2006 El Rodeo Talabartería

El Rodeo Talabartería

Promotional playing cards produced for ‘El Rodeo Talabartería’ specialising in leather goods and clothing, Buenos Aires, c.2006.

1954 Naipes “La Estrella” for BOLS by Igor Domicelj, Bs Aires, c.1954

Naipes “La Estrella” for BOLS by Igor Domicelj, Bs Aires, c.1954

Naipes “La Estrella” Spanish-suited playing cards made for BOLS gin by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1954

2003 Black Tango

Black Tango

‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003.

1973 Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973.

2006 Truco “Únicos”

Truco “Únicos”

Naipes Truco “Únicos” with caricatures of national celebrities designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006.

Gráfica S.A., Bs Aires

Gráfica S.A., Bs Aires

Gráfica S.A. of Buenos Aires has produced a number of brands using the Catalan pattern.

Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano”

Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano”

Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s.

1960 Poker Nº 505

Poker Nº 505

Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960.

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001

1975 Arlequin

Arlequin

Naipes Arlequin come in both International and Spanish versions.

2000 Naipes Argentinos Patagonia

Naipes Argentinos Patagonia

“Naipes Argentinos Patagonia” with court cards depicting gauchos and native Indians, c.2000.

2004 Naipes Gauchescos Argentinos

Naipes Gauchescos Argentinos

“Naipes Gauchescos Argentinos” with re-styled Spanish suit-symbols reflecting Argentinean culture, 2004.

2008 Foto Joker

Foto Joker

'Foto Joker' Spanish playing cards for Matera Color Laboratory, 2008.

Topo Gigio

Topo Gigio

Topo Gigio card game by Joker S.A., Argentina, c.1985.

1958 Ataque

Ataque

“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958.