Playing card manufacturer JOKER S.A.I.C., Chorroarín 1068, Villa Ortuzar, Buenos Aires, c.1977-present.
Joker S.A.I.C. was first established in around 1977 as exclusive distributing agents to Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A. at the address Tacauri 127. The earliest logo was a curved outline of the letter 'j' as shown below. Joker S.A. soon became an independent playing-card publisher and took over Cia Fabril Financiera’s interests.
Sometime around 1983 a new logo was designed, as shown at the top of this page. Perhaps the intention was to appear similar to Cromy who in 1983 entered the card games market in competition to Joker S.A. The business address also changed to Chorroarín 1068.
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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.
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.
Wüst Spanish pattern c.1910 advertising Cuban ‘Tropical’ beer.
Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
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.
“Money Bag” pattern by Hermanos Solesi, late 18th c.
Kem ‘Spanish’ playing cards appear to depict Spanish conquistadors © 1994.
Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760
Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979
“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960.
The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.
Cádiz Pattern playing 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.
Naipes ‘El Leon’ manufactured by Federico Hidalgo (Barcelona, 1897-1899).
‘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.
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
Baraja Gaucha by Juan C. Yelina for Profertil S.A., 2006.
A colourful version of the Spanish Catalan pattern from Colombia, with a crowing cockerel on the 4 of cups.
Inspired by an archaic Spanish pattern formerly used in Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.
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.