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Published March 03, 2010 Updated July 11, 2023

Naipes Vigor S.R.L.

VIGOR S.R.L (1955 - c1975) manufactured a range of playing cards and card games, including Chinita, La Estrella, Barcelonesa, La Española, Fantasio, Las Rosas, Pokerin, Cartas Gitanas and a Hungarian Seasons pack.

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Vigor S.R.L.

VIGOR S.R.L (1955 - c1975) manufactured a range of playing cards and card games, including “Chinita”, “La Estrella”, “Barcelonesa”, “La Española”, “Fantasio”, “Las Rosas”, “Pokerin”, “Ataque”, “Cartas Gitanas”, and a Hungarian “Seasons” pack.

The name Igor Domicelj appearing on early packs (early 1950s) suggests that the company name “Vigor” may have been inspired by the founder's forename. At some later stage the company became Vigor S.A.C.I. After successively becoming Virgo S.C.A., and finally Gráfica 2001 ("Naipes La Española"), the firm’s successors are still active today.

Naipes 'La Barcelonesa', c.1948

Above: Spanish suited Cadiz-style pack, with the brand name "Barcelonesa", as used by Vigor S.R.L. since 1955 and still used today. The designs are based on an earlier Spanish model

Below: tax band from a pack by Igor Domicelj, early 1950s.


Naipes Tipo Húngaro, c.1958

Above: Hungarian style playing cards manufactured by Igor Domicelj alias Vigor S.R.L. in 1950s and 1960s. The six-pointed star and wheat motif, which resembles a brand of health foods, appears to have been inherited from G. Berger who operated during the 1940s.

Below: Cartas Gitanas fortune telling cards, 1950s or early 60s. Originally published by Igor Domicelj, then in successive editions by Vigor S.R.L. into the 1960s. The Patent Office Registration documents, dated 1955, show the designs registered at the time of the take-over.

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Founder 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.


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