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Naipes de Personajes Granadinos

Published January 16, 2024 Updated January 16, 2024

Forty famous men and women with links to Granada, on a pack designed by Rubén Garrido.

2023 Spain Heraclio Fournier Rubén Garrido Add to Collection

Artists, writers, musicians and historical figures who were born or died in Granada or who worked there are featured in this resolutely modern pack designed by Rubén Garrido. Some of the borderless images could be described as childlike or even naïve at times but they have a strength and unity derived in part from the background colour used for each of the Spanish suits – yellow for coins, red for cups, light blue for swords and brown for batons. A short description of each character is given top right. As mentioned already, the designs are borderless so there are no ‘pintas’ (line breaks) to indicate the suits. Mauro Parodi is credited with designing the batons and Manuel Martínez Vela the back design (inspired by decoration at the Alhambra). See the box

Naipes de Personajes Granadinos with designs by Rubén Garrido. Printed by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2023 Naipes de Personajes Granadinos with designs by Rubén Garrido. Printed by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2023

Above: Naipes de Personajes Granadinos with designs by Rubén Garrido. Printed by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2023. 40 cards in tuck box. Size: 61.5 x 95 mm. Purchased in Granada, December 2023.

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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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