Some examples of playing cards made in Catalonia from the collection of Iris Mundus, Barcelona.
Spanish advertising playing cards, or trade cards, cover a wide range of popular topics and interests including cinema, bullfighting, boxing and, of course, football. Information was often supplied on the cards about football teams, cinema stars, famous bullfighters or in the case shown (right), fortune-telling interpretations were given. Individual cards might be inserted inside packets of products such as chocolate, or printed on the wrappers or boxes, which could be collected, traded and assembled into full packs.
Baraja Cartomántica Chocolates Nelia
Note: Iris Mundus was founded in Barcelona in 1965 by Neus Serrano and her husband Salvador Tena in order to pursue their passion for antiques.
• Biblioteca Digital Hispánica: Baraja cartomántica Chocolates Nelia, c.1932►
Two Examples of the Spanish Catalan Pattern
What is known today as the “Modern Spanish Catalan” playing card pattern (to avoid confusion with the French Catalan style) began to emerge with an identity of its own during the early 19th century and became fully developed by the end of the 19th century. It was primarily manufactured by makers in the Barcelona region (Sebastian Comas y Ricart, Wenceslao Guarro, Giráldez, Juan Roura, etc) but is now regarded as a standard pattern throughout Spain and beyond. Packs usually contain 40 or 48 cards.
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A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Black-and-white photographs of models whose faces are made up using elements found on the major arca...
Fate fortune telling cards published by Merrimack Publishing Corporation, USA.
Forty famous men and women with links to Granada, on a pack designed by Rubén Garrido.
German-suited Cartomancy deck published by Johann Ernst Backofen, Nürnberg.
French Cartomancy cards published by J. Gaudais; printed by Mansion, Paris, c.1830.
Costante Costantini's second Minchiate deck, “Le Nuove Minchiate di Firenze”, was published by Solle...
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 ...
Modern Italian fortune-telling pack from 1975, with designs by Sergio Ruffolo.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
Nile Fortune cards no.68x published by the United States Playing Card Company, USA, 1904.
Conventional Lenormand designs on a pack from Piatnik but with unconventional numbering.
“Le Nouvel Etteilla” cartomancy deck published in Paris by La Veuve Gueffier, 1806.
History meets pop culture in a 36-card set that pays tribute to Lenormand's legacy and the colourful...
Britney Spears Oracle: A Deck and Guidebook to Be Stronger Than Yesterday — a card set for Britney f...
‘Baraja Mística’ satirical playing-cards featuring revelling clergy published by Litografía Fernánde...
Numerology assigns significance to individual digits and their combinations, considering them as sym...
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
Early French Cartomancy deck "for the amusement of Ladies" but also referred to as "Jeu divinatoire ...
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.