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Published March 11, 2024 Updated March 11, 2024

B. Braun-Dexon®

Publicity pack promoting B. Braun-Dexon’s atraumatic needles, with non-standard courts and pips.

1986 Spain Naipes Comas NEGSA Advertising Medical & Pharmaceutical Add to Collection

Atraumatic needles are not the most obvious subject for a pack of playing cards! However, the needles’ tips, when viewed from above, exhibit distinctive shapes which have been used here for the pips alongside the more traditional ones. All is explained on the extra card where the name of the maker (Naipes Comas) also appears.

Each set of courts represents a different profession linked in some way to B. Braun-Dexon’s products and has a distinctive colour: doctors – green (S); salespeople – olive-green (D); pharmacologists – pale turquoise (C); the Red Cross – turquoise (H). A surgeon is shown on the Joker in black and white along with examples of the four non-standard suit-signs. One curious feature (which this reviewer can’t explain) is that the 10s to 2s are all followed by a slash (/) and a ‘0’. On the reverse, the name of the company, B. Braun-Dexon, is repeated many times in diagonal lines against a grey background.

pack promoting B. Braun-Dexon’s atraumatic needles made by Naipes Comas, Barcelona, Spain, 1986 pack promoting B. Braun-Dexon’s atraumatic needles made by Naipes Comas, Barcelona, Spain, 1986 pack promoting B. Braun-Dexon’s atraumatic needles made by Naipes Comas, Barcelona, Spain, 1986

Above: pack promoting B. Braun-Dexon’s atraumatic needles made by Naipes Comas, Barcelona, Spain, 1986. 52 cards + 2 (identical) Jokers + 1 extra card in tuck box. Size: 63 x 88 mm.

The back design is reproduced on the back of the box.

Reference

Fournier Museum Catalogue, Vol. IV, Spain 1288.

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

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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