Carlos Vº Catalan pattern, 1980s
This is a copy of the standard Guarro Catalan pattern as published by Heraclio Fournier in Spain. The box and four of cups state : “Industria Argentina” but the ace of coins has no information. The logo (shown right) is also inspired by the tower motif (coat of arms of Vitoria) on Fournier's version►
The same designs were also used for other brands. 48-card decks also carried 2 jokers.
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The designs were also used for sponsored advertising packs.
Over the years the quality of the cards moved towards the budget end of the market, often produced anonymously.
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