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Published July 03, 1996 Updated June 10, 2023

Bartolo Borrego, Mexico

40-card Spanish-suited woodblock and stencil pack made in Mexico by Bartolo Borrego, 1836.

1836 Mexico Bartolo Borrego Spanish National Pattern Add to Collection

Bartolo Borrego, Mexico, 1836

...the old ‘Spanish National’ pattern

Borrego was manufacturing cards at least until the 1860s, and his packs were based on the old Spanish National pattern produced in Macharaviaya. The signature on the four of cups is believed to be related to some form of taxation or inspection regime similar to the system used in Spain.

40-card Spanish-suited woodblock and stencil pack made in Mexico by Bartolo Borrego, 1836

Above: 24 cards from a 40-card woodblock and stencil pack made in Mexico by Bartolo Borrego, 1836. Cards courtesy of Juan José Pérez-Castejón.

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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.

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