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Published May 11, 2023 Updated May 11, 2023

Baraja Española de Pintores Murcianos

A Spanish-suited pack as conceived by 48 different artists from the region of Murcia.

1986 Spain Novograf Art & Design Collaborative Add to Collection

Several individuals and organisations collaborated to produce this pack to promote the work of local Murcian artists. Forty-eight artists created one card each. The artist’s name appears in two corners of every card. Well established as well as younger artists contributed work to the project. The four suit-signs have been reduced to basic shapes and one colour each, superimposed on a black circle: Coins, a yellow circle; Cups, a red triangle; Swords, a plain blue sword; Batons, a simple green club. These are more clearly shown on the sleeve of the box. The accompanying booklet (in Spanish) includes contact details for each artist.

Baraja Española de Pintores Murcianos printed by A.G. Novograf, S.A., Spain, 1986 Baraja Española de Pintores Murcianos printed by A.G. Novograf, S.A., Spain, 1986

Above: Baraja Española de Pintores Murcianos printed by A.G. Novograf, S.A., Murcia, for the Comunidad Autonoma de la Region de Murcia, Spain, 1986. 48 cards + 2 (identical) extra cards + booklet in Spanish, in box with sleeve. Size: 61.5 x 95.5 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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