Naipes “El Torero” No. 1000 manufactured in Caracas by Productos Nacaral C.A., c.1975
During the 18th, 19th and early 20th century cards were exported to Venezuela from Spain, notably Málaga and Cádiz. Packs published in Venezuela in recent years have been of the Catalan type, based on designs from Barcelona. A high proportion of them have square corners, 40 cards and no jokers. As bullfighting is practised in Venezuela, many Venezuelan packs have brand names alluding to bullfighting, typically “El Torero” like the one shown here. However, no bullfighting packs as such are known outside Spain and Mexico. Known manufacturers include Naipes Dural, Naipes Fortuna S.R.L., B.G., Naipes Catire and Productos Nacaral.
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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.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
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