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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Sherlock Holmes Playing Cards

Three fine deck of playing cards inspired by the characters and stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

These Sherlock Holmes inspired decks were officially licensed by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate; which means creator Jackson Robinson has used this opportunity to create three unique and spectacular tributes to the original material. Each pack has a completely different look and feel, with something for the dedicated Holmes fan and something for the casual game players.

The Baker Street Edition

The Baker Street Edition is the perfect deck for any Sherlock Holmes fan. The Baker Street Edition features an intricate back design that includes iconic elements from many of the beloved stories. The court cards for the Baker Street Edition are inspired by the original late 19th & 20th century engravings and illustrations that were released with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels and short stories.
The Baker Street Edition tuck case features premium paper stock with embossing and Gold foiling. The tuck case is printed both on the inside and out. The playing cards inside are USPC Aristocrat Paper Stock with an embossed magic finish. The Baker Street Edition will also come with a custom 221B Tuck Seal in honor of Sherlock Holmes' home in London.

The Holmes Edition

The Holmes Edition features a simple but elegant tuck case, that features intricate embossing and also gold foiling. The Holmes Edition courts cards are a whimsical stylized rendition of the characters of the Conan Doyle world that still have an element of the traditional court cards we are all accustomed to. The Holmes Edition also features Metallic Red Ink on the face cards as well.

The Moriarty Edition

The Moriarty Edition features a simple but elegant tuck case, that features intricate embossing and silver foiling. The Moriarty Edition courts cards are a whimsical stylized rendition of the characters of the Conan Doyle world that still have an element of the traditional court cards we are all accustomed to. The courts designs are the same as the Holmes Edition but with a cold desaturated feel, with elements of grunge and decay, to pay homage to evil villain the take their name sake from. The Moriarty Edition also features Metallic Silver Ink in the place of metallic red.

The three incredible decks were recently successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign, visit the campaign page for more images and information.

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