Brightly coloured Latin American version of the Castilian pattern, with brand name “Faisan” (see Ace of Coins with a small pheasant's head) and “Extra Intransparente” quality in the banners. The costumes of the Knights and the Jacks look especially extravagant, some of the Jacks are verging on the hermaphrodite, perhaps transgender. “NAIPE MATE” on all the coins in the suit of Coins. Maker’s name and details on the 4 of Coins and the 4 of Cups. Often found with brewery advertising. See the box►
Another edition for Cerveza Sol Moctezuma beer. See the box►
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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.
Russian Beer playing cards / “Russkoe pivo karty igral’nye” produced in 2006
Colourful Mexican version of standard Spanish designs, by Productos Leo, S.A., c.1980s.
Wüst Spanish pattern c.1910 advertising Cuban ‘Tropical’ beer.
Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.
Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.
Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.
Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw.
Classic Guinness Posters, 1999.
Castle Lager playing cards, c.2012.
Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic featuring beer drinkers.
Lovely Day for a Guinness deck published by Shamrock Gift Co Dublin, c.1980.
Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s.
Baraja Taurina Mexicana Toranzo with paintings by Antonio Navarrete, 2003
Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico.
Naipes ‘El Aguila’ with flamboyantly dressed court figures made in Mexico by La Cubana S.A., c.1975.
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
‘Selección Nacional de Fútbol’ playing cards published in Mexico by Novelty Corp de México S.A. de C.V., 2002.
‘Cartes de Luxe’ first published by Biermans in 1877 was reproduced in facsimile by Amstel Beer in c.1980.
‘House of Horror’ Halloween deck published by Strongbow cider, 2015.
Deck made in China in c.2010 advertising the Chinese brew “Lucky Beer, the enlightened beer”
A somewhat unusual deck specially designed for Grolsch Breweries evoking self-expression and independence of spirit, c.2012
“In der Fuehrer’s Face” playing cards designed in 1945 by Antonio Arias Bernal, a Mexican artist, but not published until 2002.
Two colourful Mexican packs by an anonymous manufacturer titled “As Vencedores” on the ace of coins, designed in the Mexican style, based on the Spanish ‘Castilian’ pattern.
Theakston Brewery advertising playing cards depicting old brewing traditions, tools and skills, designed in the style of early 18th century cards.
“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin, with artwork by Ortuño, illustrates memorable people from the discovery, colonisation and subsequent liberation of Hispanic America
“Baraja Charra” with paintings by Ernesto Icaza, 2002.
Australian Brewery Advertising
Welsh Brewery Playing Cards
A vintage Watney's Coombe Reid & Co Ltd promotional card game distributed by the brewery to their customers in c.1930
It was a common practice for card makers to produce decks under fictitious names particularly when producing advertising decks, to avoid promoting their own name at the expense of the client.
This deck is commonly known as the “Anheuser-Busch Spanish-American War deck”, issued at the end of the war.
The Kings show American admirals and the Jacks have different officers at each end. The Queens are “Our Colonies”.
A continuation of the survey of designs used in Central and South America.
Mexican Canasta set with paintings by Ramón Espino Barros (1918-2000).
The designs of Mayan artists shown here give a general idea of their enormous artistic and cultural potential.
Following their acquisition of Clemente Jacques y Cia in 1967, the playing card business was taken over by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., which in 1990 became Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V.
Naipes Cassino de Don Clemente, Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., Mexico, c.1988.
Special pack for Aeronaves de Mexico S.A., designed by Ramón Valdiosera Berman, mid-1960s.
Mexican Poker cards made by Juegos y Fichas, S.A. de C.V., Mexico, 1991
Nutrimientos Purina (Purina pet foods) advertising playing cards produced by Miguel Galas S.A. (Brown & Bigelow), Mexico, c.1960.