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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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Playing cards were introduced to the Americas with Spanish explorers such as Columbus or Cortés.

Argentinian Playing Cards - Naipes Argentinos

Playing cards were introduced to the Americas with Spanish explorers such as Columbus or Cortés.

Argentinian Playing Cards - Naipes Argentinos

Egyptian Tarot

Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980.

Egyptian Tarot

Naipes Criollos

“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.

Naipes Criollos

Naipes Cardón

Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002.

Naipes Cardón

El Oráculo de la Bruja

“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003.

El Oráculo de la Bruja

Martín Fierro

Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez.

Martín Fierro

Naipes Parliament por Caloi

Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.

Naipes Parliament por Caloi

Minifusor Tipo Español

Naipes "Minifusor" tipo Español published by Difusora S.A., c.1980.

Minifusor Tipo Español

Clark’s Industries

Clark’s Industries Spanish Cards, c.1975.

Clark’s Industries

El Tripero

Hand-drawn semi-erotic, satirical playing cards by Lautaro Fiszman ‘El Tripero’, 2002.

El Tripero

Mordillo Skat

Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979

Mordillo Skat

Cartas Gitanas

The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.

Cartas Gitanas

Naipes Garaycochea

Humorous playing cards designed by Carlos Garaycochea, Buenos Aires, c.2002.

Naipes Garaycochea

Desafio Football Caricatures

“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000

Desafio Football Caricatures

Roche Playing Cards

Roche Pharmaceutical playing cards, 1980s.

Roche Playing Cards

Cartas Precolombinas

Spanish playing cards with Pre-Columbian designs from Argentina, 2001.

Cartas Precolombinas

World Cup ’98

World Cup ’98 football team pack for Paradigma Consulting Group, 2000.

World Cup ’98

Mundialito de Radiolandia 2000

‘Mundialito’ toy football playing cards published inside the magazine ‘Radiolandia 2000’, Argentina, 1978.

Mundialito de Radiolandia 2000

Baraja Gaucha

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

Baraja Gaucha

La Baraja

Anonymous “La Baraja” Spanish deck, c.2005.

La Baraja

Baraja Gaucha Juan C. Yelina

Baraja Gaucha by Juan C. Yelina for Profertil S.A., 2006.

Baraja Gaucha Juan C. Yelina

Servicio de Hidrografía Naval

125th anniversary of the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service, 2004.

Servicio de Hidrografía Naval

Milonguita

Naipes de Poker “Milonguita” featuring early Tango music score covers, Gardés Editorial, 2003.

Milonguita

Gaucho Naipes

‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001.

Gaucho Naipes

Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol

‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005.

Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol

Piñón Fijo

“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television.

Piñón Fijo

Naipes “La Estrella” for BOLS by Igor Domicelj, Bs Aires, c.1954

Naipes “La Estrella” Spanish-suited playing cards made for BOLS gin by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1954

Naipes “La Estrella” for BOLS by Igor Domicelj, Bs Aires, c.1954

Black Tango

‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003.

Black Tango

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973.

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Truco “Únicos”

Naipes Truco “Únicos” with caricatures of national celebrities designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006.

Truco “Únicos”

Gráfica S.A., Bs Aires

Gráfica S.A. of Buenos Aires has produced a number of brands using the Catalan pattern.

Gráfica S.A., Bs Aires

Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano”

Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s.

Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano”

Poker Nº 505

Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960.

Poker Nº 505

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

Arlequin

Naipes Arlequin come in both International and Spanish versions.

Arlequin

Naipes Argentinos Patagonia

“Naipes Argentinos Patagonia” with court cards depicting gauchos and native Indians, c.2000.

Naipes Argentinos Patagonia

Naipes Gauchescos Argentinos

“Naipes Gauchescos Argentinos” with re-styled Spanish suit-symbols reflecting Argentinean culture, 2004.

Naipes Gauchescos Argentinos

Foto Joker

'Foto Joker' Spanish playing cards for Matera Color Laboratory, 2008.

Foto Joker

Topo Gigio

Topo Gigio card game by Joker S.A., Argentina, c.1985.

Topo Gigio

Ataque

“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958.

Ataque

Billiken Minicartas

Children’s toy cards published in Argentina by Editorial Atlántida in the magazine “Billiken”, 1964.

Billiken Minicartas

Creciendo Seguros

‘Creciendo Seguros’ road safety awareness playing cards from Argentina, 2006.

Creciendo Seguros

Caballos Argentinos

“Caballos Argentinos” playing cards with photographs of horses and ponies on each card.

Caballos Argentinos

Tela de Araña

Naipes “Tela de Araña” by Flaiban S.A.

Tela de Araña

Poker Paisanito

“Poker Paisanito” manufactured by E. Flaiban S.R.L., c.1943.

Poker Paisanito

Naipes Galgo

Naipes Galgo by Ernesto Flaiban, Buenos Aires.

Naipes Galgo

Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests

A set of rather unusual and non-standard cartomancy cards from Argentina with religious connotations and imaginative artwork

Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests

Bodegas Trapiche

Promotional playing cards produced for Bodegas Trapiche, designed to play Quartet games by collecting a wine bottle card with four matching glasses.

Bodegas Trapiche

Jewish Card Game

Judaism is the oldest of the great monotheist religions, parent of Christianity and Islam.

Jewish Card Game

Naipes Merlín

“Naipes Merlín” produced by Kit Produccion y Diseño S.A., Argentina.

Naipes Merlín

Paparazzi Pin-up Deck

Pin-up deck given free with Paparazzi magazine, 2005

Paparazzi Pin-up Deck