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F.X. Schmid “Mordillo” Playing Cards, Heye Verlag Publisher, Guillermo Mordillo Designs, c.1983
Mint, sealed deck of delightful cards made by F.X. Schmid c.1983 for Heye Verlag, a German publisher known primarily for its jigsaw puzzles and calendars, but one with a lengthy relationship with popular comic artist Guillermo Mordillo. The faces of the cards can be seen at the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM #04222), and I have elected not to break the cellophane of this wrapper.
The Jokers, court cards and Aces were all designed by Mordillo, who is described as follows at the Lambiek website:
"Born in Buenos Aires, Guillermo Mordillo began his career working in the commercial field and illustrating tales of Charles Perrault. At the age of 20 he ventured into the production of animated films through his own Studio Calas. He moved to Lima, Peru, in 1955 where he worked on a couple of advertising campaigns. Five years later he settled in New York and eventually in Paris in 1963.
"There, he started out in the communication field, before publishing his first illustrations and humorous comics in magazines like Lui, Paris-Match and Pif Gadget. In the late 1970s he was active in animation again on the Balearic Islands, before focusing his production on Germany and the UK. Mordillo was one of the most widely published cartoonists of the 1970s. Some of his titles are 'Le Galion', 'Crazy Cowboy', 'Crazy Crazy', 'Les Girafes' and 'Mordillo Cartoons'. In the last 20 years he has worked almost exclusively in humor and children's illustration."
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 3 different Jokers. The cards are bridge size, measuring 90mm x 59mm. There is no box.
Again, the cards are mint and sealed.
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