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Published September 10, 2023 Updated September 10, 2023

Naipe Navarro

Historical figures and artefacts from Navarre with designs by M. Sinués for the Navarre Association of Volunteer Blood Donors.

1980 Spain Industrias Gráficas Castuera M. Sinués Health Historical Add to Collection

Although this pack depicts named historical figures and artefacts from the Spanish province of Navarre, its main purpose was to promote the activities of the Navarre Association of Volunteer Blood Donors. To that end, the 4s carry slogans encouraging people to become blood donors in order to save lives. The designs by M. Sinués include a suit of maces instead of batons and various different coins on the suit of coins. Most unusually for a Spanish pack, there are no borderlines and consequently no ‘pintas’ or border breaks to identify the individual suits. A banner from the Monastery of Santa Maria la Real de Las Huelgas is reproduced on the back of the cards. See the box

Naipe Navarro created and printed by Industrias Gráficas Castuera, S.A., Torres de Elorz, Spain, 1980 Naipe Navarro created and printed by Industrias Gráficas Castuera, S.A., Torres de Elorz, Spain, 1980 Naipe Navarro created and printed by Industrias Gráficas Castuera, S.A., Torres de Elorz, Spain, 1980

Above: Naipe Navarro created and printed by Industrias Gráficas Castuera, S.A., Torres de Elorz, Spain, 1980. 40 cards + 2 extra cards with text in Spanish, in tuck box. Size: 62 x 95 mm.

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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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