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Copa de Oro 1980

Naipes “Copa de Oro 1980” manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1980.

1980 Latin America Uruguay Cía Gral Fósforos Montevideana Commemorative Football Souvenir Add to Collection
Copa de Oro 1980

Naipes Opacos “Copa de Oro 1980”
manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1980

The 1980 Mundialito (“little World Cup”), or Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales (“World Champions’ Gold Cup”), was an international football tournament held in Montevideo from December 30, 1980 to January 10, 1981, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first World Cup tournament, which had been celebrated in 1930 at the same venue.  [Source: Wikipedia]

The mascot (right), which appears on the box and the backs of the cards, depicts a Charrúa indian, an indigenous people of Southern South America who became extinct following European conquest and colonisation. Uruguayans refer to themselves as “charrúas” when in the context of a competition or battle against a foreign contingent.  See also: Las Cartas de Tacuabé Copa de Oro 1980 Copa de Oro 1980

Above: 48-card pack + 2 jokers commemorating the 1980 'Copa de Oro' Football Championship held in Montevideo, manufactured by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana. This must have been one of the last packs produced by the company as their playing card business was taken over by Ingrapa S.A. in early 1980s.

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