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Our reviews and reflections on creative playing card and Kickstarter projects from around the web


Kings Wild Tigers Playing Cards

Kings Wild Tigers is Jackson Robinson’s 27th successful playing card Kickstarter campaign. A luxury collectable deck inspired by vintage matchboxes.

Kings Wild Tigers Playing Cards 2018

Billionaire Boys Club Playing Cards by Theory11

Limited edition luxury playing cards by Billionaire Boys Club and Theory 11.

Billionaire Boys Club Playing Cards by Theory11 2022

The Grand Chinatown Edition by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co.

1920s gangster-themed playing cards, "The Grand", were produced by Kevin Yu under the Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Company brand name, after raising CAD$104,453 from 884 backers on Kickstarter in 2021.

The Grand Chinatown Edition by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co. 2021

Encarded First Edition by Paul Carpenter

The Encarded First Edition is a limited edition of 2,500 designed by Paul Carpenter and manufactured by the Expert Playing Card Company.

Encarded First Edition by Paul Carpenter 2014

National Playing Cards by Theory11

Playing cards inspired by mysterious symbolism of secret societies as well as a tribute to the National Playing Card Co.

National Playing Cards by Theory11 2019

Fractal Seed - Cyberpunk Playing Cards by Ivan Fortunov

Cyberpunk playing cards inspired by advanced science and technology in an urban dystopian future. Designed by Ivan Fortunov, 2021.

Fractal Seed - Cyberpunk Playing Cards by Ivan Fortunov 2021

Sirocco Playing Cards

Sirocco, nautical themed playing cards by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co. and designed by Nathan Oser, 2020.

Sirocco Playing Cards 2020

Monarchs Playing Cards by Theory11

Monarchs luxury playing cards by Theory11, featured in the film Now You See Me.

Monarchs Playing Cards by Theory11 2012

Nomad Luxury Playing Cards

Luxury playing cards produced by Theory11 in collaboration with The Nomad Hotel in New York City.

Nomad Luxury Playing Cards 2015

Avengers Playing Cards by Theory11

Marvel’s Avengers: The Infinity Saga Premium Playing Cards produced by Theory11 and designed by Mattson Creative, 2021.

Avengers Playing Cards by Theory11 2021

A. Dougherty’s Triplicate Recreation

A recreated of the original 1876, No. 18, Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty by Michael Scott in 2014.

A. Dougherty’s Triplicate Recreation 2014

Triangle Playing Cards

Triangle Playing Cards by Michael Scott.

Triangle Playing Cards 2019

Newsletter: Costume & Fashion as Revealed in Playing Cards

In this newsletter we’re looking at how fashion and costume is represented through playing card art since the 14th century through to today.

Newsletter: Costume & Fashion as Revealed in Playing Cards

Playing Cards: A Secret History

Playing Cards: A Secret History

Playing Cards: A Secret History

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards 2020

History of Playing Cards explained in 5 Minutes

Video by Art of Impossible. In this video you will get a short overview of the most important historical facts about playing cards and their history.

History of Playing Cards explained in 5 Minutes

The Art of Pin-Up decks

Feminine beauty has been appreciated since prehistory.

The Art of Pin-Up decks

Pin-up deck no.5513

Celebrity Pin-up deck no.5513 by unknown publisher.

Pin-up deck no.5513

Why do we Collect? My 20 Favourite Items

I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall.

Why do we Collect?  My 20 Favourite Items

Timothy Curtis Art

Timothy Curtis Art custom Bicycle playing cards, 2018.

Timothy Curtis Art 2018

Solitaired

As we are becoming separated from friends and families we worked with the Solitaired team to customize this game using traditional woodblock courts.

Solitaired

Cigar Bands

A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.

Cigar Bands 1960

Collecting Playing Cards with Jan Walls

I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls.

Collecting Playing Cards with Jan Walls

Is Card Collecting an Investment?

“Is Card Collecting an Investment?” - an article by Rod Starling.

Is Card Collecting an Investment?

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards with two different coloured backs, 2019.

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards 2019

Chinese Jokers

Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.

Chinese Jokers

A Look Back with Hope for the Future

“A Look Back with Hope for the Future” by Rod Starling

A Look Back with Hope for the Future

Iohann Christoph Hes Tarot c.1750

Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750.

Iohann Christoph Hes Tarot c.1750 1750

Kalevala

Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.

Kalevala 2018

Bharata Playing Cards

Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018.

Bharata Playing Cards 2018

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms.

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot 2018

Estate Playing Cards

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson

Estate Playing Cards 2006

Vizaĝo playing cards

Vizaĝo playing cards created by Annette Abolins, 2017.

Vizaĝo playing cards 2017
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