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Published April 09, 2012 Updated June 20, 2022

Baraja Edad Media

Baraja Edad Media, fantasy Spanish-suited medieval playing cards published Mas-Reynals, Barcelona, 1993. Designed by M. Malé and illustrated by V. Maza.

1993 Spain Mas-Reynals Varitemas M. Malé V. Maza Art & Design Fantasy Medieval Spanish Suited Add to Collection

Baraja Edad Media, 1993

Mas-Reynals / Varitemas S.L., Vilassar de Mar, Barcelona, Spain

This fantasy Spanish-suited medieval pack of playing cards was published by Mas-Reynals in 1993, designed by M. Malé and illustrated by V. Maza. This follows a tradition amongst many manufacturers of producing a fantasy medieval design. The firm was founded in 1989 by Miguel Mas Reynals and today trades as Varitemas, S.L. producing a range of paper products including folders, albums, playing cards, etc. Earlier decks have the name ‘Mas-Reynals’, but today Varitemas S.L. produce a range of decks including Poker, Spanish-suited, souvenir packs, miniature cards and children's card games.

Baraja Edad Media, Mas Reynals, Barcelona, 1993

Above: Baraja Edad Media, fantasy Spanish-suited medieval playing cards published Mas-Reynals, 48 cards + Joker, Barcelona, 1993. The backs are plain red. Captions on the Ace of Coins state that the cards were designed by M. Malé and illustrated by V. Maza.

detail from Personajes medievales jugando a naipes by Luis Taberner Montalvo, c.1880. Museo del Prado, Madrid

Above: detail from Personajes medievales jugando a naipes by Luis Taberner Montalvo, c.1880. Museo del Prado, Madrid.

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By Simon Wintle

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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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