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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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‘El Cid’ by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain

‘El Cid’ playing cards manufactured by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain. • Oct 02, 2016

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101 Dalmatas

101 Dalmatas by Naipes Fournier, 1995, • Feb 21, 2020

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16th century cards discovered in Peru

Fragments of playing cards and 2 dice were unearthed in a 16th century rubbish tip adjacent to a Spanish house in the lower Rimac Valley in Peru, providing evidence of games played by early Spanish settlers. • Jan 01, 1970

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4 Elementos designed by Marcos Neila Muro

“4 Elementos” playing cards designed by Marcos Neila Muro celebrating environmental sustainability and ecology • Jan 10, 2015

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A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie card game published by Heraclio Fournier, 1996. • Apr 10, 2018

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About Heraclio Díaz

Heraclio Díaz lives in the Canary Islands (Spain). • Jan 01, 1970

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America

“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960 • Jul 24, 2017

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Ancient Civilisations

Ancient Civilisations playing cards designed by Celedonio Perellón, produced by Heraclio Fournier, 1973 • Aug 23, 2016

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Anonymous Spanish Suited pack, c.1760

Anonymous archaic Spanish Suited pack, c.1760 • Nov 09, 2017

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Artistas del Cine

Advertising pack designed by J. Passos and first printed by Cromografía Irández, Barcelona, c.1926. Re-printed in 1995 • Nov 03, 2014

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Aventuras de Sport-Billy

The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981. • Jan 02, 2021

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Baraja "Te Amo" cartoons by Serafín

Baraja 'Te Amo' con dibujos de Serafín en tirada de 500 ejemplares numerados, 48 naipes. Fabricado por Naipes Comas (Barcelona) 2002. • Jan 01, 1970

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Baraja “Neoclásica”, Madrid, 1810

Baraja “Neoclásica” engraved by José Martínez de Castro, first published by Clemente Roxas, Madrid, 1810. • Aug 13, 2017

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Baraja Andaluza

Non-standard Spanish-suited playing cards created by Rafael Rodriguez Hernandez and published by Ediciones Baja Andalucia, Sevilla, c.1980. • Aug 23, 2013

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Baraja Artistas del Cine Mudo

Baraja Artistas del Cine Mudo, c.1926 • Jan 01, 1970

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Baraja Asescoin 1998

Asescoin 1998 member’s pack designed by Josep Soriano. • Sep 28, 2016

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Baraja Boxeo

Baraja de Boxeo, c.1930 • Jan 01, 1970

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Baraja Canaria

‘La Auténtica Baraja Canaria’ was published in 1995 by Justo Pérez as an expression of the history and character of the Canary Islands. • Sep 27, 2013

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Baraja Carlos IV by Félix Solesio, 1800

Baraja Carlos IV, Félix Solesio en la Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya, 1800 • Mar 21, 2020

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Baraja Cartomántica Chocolates Nelia

Some examples of playing cards made in Catalonia from the collection of Iris Mundus, Barcelona. • Nov 05, 2014

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Baraja Cinematográfica, c.1925

Baraja Cinematográfica printed by J. M. Arnau, Barcelona, 1925-26 • Jan 01, 1970

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Baraja de Amor

Hijos de José Garcia Taboadela was a book-seller who also published this charming pack of lovers' fortune telling cards in 1871. • May 10, 2010

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Baraja Digital

Baraja Digital by Naipes De La Cigüeña, 1990 • Nov 25, 2010

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Baraja Edad Media

Baraja Edad Media, fantasy Spanish-suited medieval playing cards published Mas-Reynals, Barcelona, 1993. Designed by M. Malé and illustrated by V. Maza. • Apr 09, 2012

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Baraja Gallega

Baraja Gallega designed by cartoonists and caricaturists Pinto Chinto (David Pintor & Carlos López) in 2002. • Sep 12, 2013

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Baraja Gaucha

“Baraja Gaucha” fantasy deck designed by Mateo Tikas Plechas for Argentina, 1998. • Sep 30, 2016

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Baraja Hispanoamericana

“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin, with artwork by Ortuño, illustrates memorable people from the discovery, colonisation and subsequent liberation of Hispanic America • Mar 09, 2015

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Baraja Hoja de Afeitar

La Baraja 'Hoja de Afeitar'. Baraja de Hojas Maravilla descalificadas como de primerísima categoría. • Jan 01, 1970

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Baraja Literaria

“Baraja Literaria” Spanish pack with cartoons by Serafín, published by Asescoin and manufactured by Naipes Comas, 2002 • Jan 18, 2015

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Baraja Marinera

‘Baraja Marinera’ designed by Francisco Javier San Juan, published by Asescoin (Madrid), 1995 • Sep 26, 2013

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Baraja Mitológica

“Baraja Mitológica” was first published in Madrid in c.1815 by Josef Monjardín from engravings by José Martínez de Castro. • Aug 12, 2017

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Baraja Morisca

Primitive Latin suited pack, possibly of Swiss or German origin for export to Spain, dated by paper analysis as early XV century, which makes this one of the earliest known surviving packs of playing cards. • Jan 01, 1970

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Baraja PEPLVM

Baraja PEPLVM features cartoons by Ortuño of famous actors and actresses in roles from epic Roman movies • Feb 01, 2016

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Baraja Taurina by Simeon Durá, c.1916

Baraja Taurina manufactured by Simeon Durá (Valencia) for Chocolate Angelical, first published in 1916. • Mar 15, 2010

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Baraja Turística de España

Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966. • Sep 02, 2018

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Baralla Galega

'Baralla Galega' designed by X. Cobas and published by Imprenta Comercial Imprent S.A., La Coruña (Spain) in 1983 • Sep 11, 2013

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Blancanieves

Blancanieves (Snow White) card game published by Heracliio Fournier, 1992. • Jul 21, 2016

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Cádiz Pattern playing cards

Cádiz Pattern playing cards • Mar 03, 2017

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Canary Islands Souvenir

Canary Islands Souvenir by Heraclio Fournier, c.1970 • Feb 17, 2016

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Capel Vinos

Advertising playing cards for Capel Vinos S.A., manufactured by Naipes Comas, 2001 • Sep 14, 2013

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Caperucita Roja

Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981. • Jan 18, 2021

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Cards for export to Peru by Heraclio Fournier

'El Caballo' brand (No.5P) playing-cards manufactured in Spain by Heraclio Fournier S.A. especially for the Estanco de Naipes del Perú, c.1960. • Jan 01, 1970

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Cartas Blancas Self-improvement playing cards

Cartas Blancas Self-help playing cards • Jan 01, 1970

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Catalan Playing Cards

With a distinct history stretching back to the early middle ages, many Catalans think of themselves as a separate nation from the rest of Spain • Oct 16, 2014

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Chinese Costumes

Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984. • Dec 27, 2020

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Cigarette Cards and other ephemera

Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards, Miniature Playing Cards and other ephemera. • Mar 27, 2009

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Cine Manual + Periquito

“Cine Manual” by Antonio Vercher Coll (1900-1934) and published by Reclamos Cimadevilla, Valencia, c.1927 • Jan 27, 2015

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Classic

“Classic” playing cards designed by Paul Mathison inspired by classical mythology, 1959 • Jul 26, 2017

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Come to Chew playing cards by Aleix Gordo Hostau

Aleix Gordo Hostau from Barcelona, Spain has created the Come to Chew pack, inspired by bubble gum artwork and characters • Dec 23, 2013

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Corrida de Toros

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969. • Feb 18, 2021

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Deportistas Guipuzcoanos

Guipuzcoa’s best athletes of the twentieth century, playing cards sponsored by El Diario Vasco and Euskaltel, manufactured by Heraclio Fournier, 1999 • Feb 28, 2014