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


The Black Book of Cards by UnCommon Beat

The Black Book of Cards by UnCommon Beat

The Black Book of Cards by UnCommon Beat 2013

Interview with Alan Kriegel, creator of Gestalt playing cards

Alan Kriegel has set out to rethink the signs and symbols used in traditional playing cards.

Interview with Alan Kriegel, creator of Gestalt playing cards 2013

The Méliès Playing Cards by Derek McKee

The iconic film "A Trip To The Moon" reimagined for playing cards.

The Méliès Playing Cards by Derek McKee 2013

Blueblood Redux Playing Cards

Follow-up pack for the 2012 Blue Blood Playing Cards pack on Kickstarter.

Blueblood Redux Playing Cards 2013

Winter Deck by Ultramarine Designs

Inspired by freezing tribal images of northern winter, this deck is called to show you all its mystic and dangerous beauty.

Winter Deck by Ultramarine Designs 2013

Flat Playing Cards Deck

If you have ever wanted to design your own pack of playing cards here is a good starting point.

Flat Playing Cards Deck

Pirate Playing Cards

A recurring motif is the symbolism of life and death, playfully rendered in these marvellous cards, including plenty of sabres and skeletons!

Pirate Playing Cards 2011

Art:Pack in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation

A deck of cards to raise awareness of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Art:Pack in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation 2001

History of the War playing cards designed by Lino Palacio

History of the War" playing cards designed by the Argentinean cartoonist Lino Palacio (1903-1984) who was the author of unforgettable characters like Ramona, Don Fulgencio, Doña Tremebunda, Agapito and his shadow, Cicuta and many others.

History of the War playing cards designed by Lino Palacio

16th Century French Playing Cards based on Illustrations by Gurney Benham

This pack of cards by Rose & Pentagram is said to be based off Pierre Marechal, Rouen pack from the 1600s, but they are actually copies of drawings by Gurney Benham from his book Playing Cards: Their History and Secrets from 1930.

16th Century French Playing Cards based on Illustrations by Gurney Benham 2006

Politicards 2000 by Action Publishing

Politicards 2000 features 54, full colour, caricatures of the candidates, politicians and political pundits shaping the American presidential elections in 2000

Politicards 2000 by Action Publishing 2000

The Hemp Culture Playing Cards

There is an underlying element of subtle humour in these cleverly designed playing cards, gently questioning the issue of legality.

The Hemp Culture Playing Cards 1998

Polaires - Foreign Legion Playing Cards

A Bridge-style deck featuring Foreign Legion paintings by Maitre Rosenberg.

Polaires - Foreign Legion Playing Cards

Compucards Review

Playing cards with binary numbers for the computer generation by Sam Pitroda, 1983.

Compucards Review 1983

The Five Minute Handwriting Analysis Kit

Handwriting Insights - the 5 minute handwriting analysis kit - allows you to better understand people, including yourself, by looking at the way they write.

The Five Minute Handwriting Analysis Kit

Grace Cards

Packs come complete with suggested instructions for playing a number of popular family games, at the same time, they promote the Word of God.

Grace Cards

Hot Sauce Playing Cards

Each card shows an image of a bottle of hot Chilli Sauce (spelt 'chile' on the cards), a map of where the product is made, a heat gauge plus amusing notes and information about the particular sauce.

Hot Sauce Playing Cards

Chance Playing Cards by Catalyst UK

CHANCE Playing Cards are produced by Catalyst, an open group of women artists and scientists founded in 1995 in Portsmouth UK.

Chance Playing Cards by Catalyst UK 1998

4 Seasons Playing Cards

Colours of the Four Seasons - Playing Card Art Deck

4 Seasons Playing Cards

Frozen Court - The Aethiopic Rendering - Limited Edition Playing Cards

A deck made specifically for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first African-american college fraternity, for their 2000 convention.

Frozen Court - The Aethiopic Rendering - Limited Edition Playing Cards 2000

Self-Nurturing Solitaire

Self-Nurturing Solitaire is a deck of cards designed to improve Self-Esteem.

Self-Nurturing Solitaire 1996

The Deal Playing-card Project

A deck of cards produced as a creative collaboration and made possible largely through volunteers and sponsorship of various kinds.

The Deal Playing-card Project 1996
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