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Published September 27, 2013 Updated March 14, 2023

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.

1995 Spain Canaries Ethnic & Indigenous Perez Spanish Suited Add to Collection

La Auténtica Baraja Canaria

‘La Auténtica Baraja Canaria’ was published in 1995 by Justo Pérez (Tenerife) as an expression of the history and character of the Canary Islands, one of Spain's 17 autonomous communities. When Europeans began to explore the islands they encountered indigenous populations living at a Neolithic level of technology, who may have shared a common origin with the Berbers of northern Africa. The Sotas and Kings in this pack are depicted as Neolithic men and women wearing animal skins and cloaks. The Cavaliers are represented as bloodhounds. The suit symbols are prehistoric versions of the standard Spanish suits of Coins, Batons, Swords & Cups. The box has a poem alluding to a land of history, wine, fun, laughter and beautiful women.

‘La Auténtica Baraja Canaria’ Nº5 Serie Histórica, published by Justo Pérez, 1995

Above: ‘La Auténtica Baraja Canaria’ Nº5 Serie Histórica, published by Justo Pérez, Tenerife, 1995. 40 cards in special tuckbox. Found with formal or advertising backs, also a double-ended version with French suit symbols.

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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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