Pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela date back to the 9th century. The first pilgrim was King Alfonso II, the Chaste, King of Asturias, in 814 (King of Swords). Other famous pilgrims are depicted on the Kings and Knights/Queens including St Francis of Assisi (Knight of Batons) and St Bridget of Sweden (Queen of Scallop shells). These characters are not named on the cards themselves; however, more information can be found at: Ideas Peregrinas. Some of the Jacks are modern-day pilgrims. The non-standard suits are scallop shells (coins), gourds (cups), knives (swords) and staffs (batons). The designs by Guitián (from Galicia) are deliberately naïve and somewhat childlike, no doubt meant to resemble illustrations from medieval texts. See the box►
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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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Pack created by Yannick Pennanguer commemorating the bicentenary of the French Revolution and the ce...
‘Postak - Las Postas’ playing cards commemorating the history of the Basque postal service, Spain, 1...
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Black-and-white photographs of models whose faces are made up using elements found on the major arca...
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
Forty famous men and women with links to Granada, on a pack designed by Rubén Garrido.
Honouring the bicentenary of the Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon flights in 1783.
Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
Historical figures and artefacts from Navarre with designs by M. Sinués for the Navarre Association ...
‘Baraja Mística’ satirical playing-cards featuring revelling clergy published by Litografía Fernánde...
Cyclists from the Domex-Weinmann team who took part in the 1989 Tour de France.
Satirical playing cards manufactured by Francar y Cía depicting political situation, Barcelona, 1872...
Raimundo García pattern produced by José Cumplido in Madrid, dated 1860 on the four of coins.
‘Amorcillos’ (Cupids), a masterpiece from the golden age of Spanish playing cards by Clemente Roxas,...
Félix Solesio e Hijos - Real Fábrica de Madrid - Spanish National pattern for Venezuela
Aluette game by Fabrique Dieudonné Jeune, Orléans, for Spanish market, c.1850.
A Spanish-suited pack as conceived by 48 different artists from the region of Murcia.
Re-edition of a French-suited Spanish pack from the Napoleonic era, with designs by J. Carrafa.
Baraxa Galega designed by F. Perez Llamosas and published by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, 1983.
Paintings, statues, monuments and maps associated with different routes to Compostela.
Designs by Guitián, published by Ideas Peregrinas, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, c2018.
‘Baraja Fiesta Taurina’ bullfight playing cards published by Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1975.
Secrets of the Far East playing cards featuring the designs of Violeta Monreal , Spain, c. 1991.