Playing cards had been introduced to the Americas with explorers such as Columbus or Cortés, whose fellow countrymen were keen gamblers. Cards were imported from Spain since the 16th century. Local production usually imitated Spanish cards.
Not a lot of playing cards have been produced in Panama, only a couple of locally-produced tourist souvenir packs.
1st edition of Panama Souvenir playing cards published by U.S. Playing Card Co., 1908
Several editions of Panama Souvenir Playing Cards were issued by the USPCC between 1908 - 1926. The design of the cards varied between editions, and different 'fact' and map cards were also included.