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Published September 11, 2022 Updated September 11, 2022

Baraja Maya

Original designs inspired by Mayan art and culture published by Fernando Güemes, Mexico.

1975 Mexico Fernando Güemes Amerindian Add to Collection

Mayan art and monuments provided the inspiration for this pack with its double-ended courts in bright primary colours, plus green and black. All the Aces are decorated in a similar, stylised way. The central pips too are stylised, being made to look more angular and pointed than usual. There are two different single-ended Jokers. See the extra card

Baraja Maya published by Fernando Güemes, Mexico Baraja Maya published by Fernando Güemes, Mexico Baraja Maya published by Fernando Güemes, Mexico

Above: Baraja Maya, with designs inspired by Mayan art, published by Fernando Güemes Barahona, Mexico, c.1975. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 title card. Size: 57 x 89 mm. Back design in red or yellow.

REFERENCE: Fournier, Vol. II, Mexico, cat. no. 75.

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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.


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