The World of Playing Cards Logo

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.

Above: plastic seal which continues the theme of symbolism, including a skull, dagger, eye and stars, with the text "seek" and "find, as well as "expose cheaters" and "have fun, don't lie. See the seal on the box.

Buy National Playing Cards by Theory11 on Amazon Buy Now

Artist and entrepreneur Adam Moor (also known as Harold Apples) collaborated with Theory11 and Studio on Fire to produce this ultra-intricate deck of luxury playing cards in 2019. Moor considers himself a nighttime illustrator for projects of all sorts, and spends his days as an Art Director for Lonely Planet.

On the production of the deck, Moor says "originally I was planning on producing a deck on my own. I started approaching letterpress studios who were making decks and I stumbled upon Studio on Fire who produces all of the tuck cases for Theory11".

Theory11 adds "each tuck case is embossed and detailed with striking gold and black foil, inside and out" and "you will not find a more perfect deck of cards for magic, cardistry or poker."

The courts and aces have fully custom designs, and the number cards also have flourishes. The deck has gold inks throughout the artwork, enhancing the retro style artwork.

Moor explains "I had been playing around with this flat, sort of retro, very textured illustration style. Over time the deck morphed into a secret society tribute. I got obsessed with working in a ridiculous amount of symbology to basically make the Illuminati’s official deck of cards.

About halfway through the process, Moor says "we decided to name the deck National as a tribute to the long gone National Playing Card Company that produced beautiful decks until the late 1800’s".

we really went above and beyond with this one, using lots of gold foil and multiple inks on all of the card designs.

Theory11 focuses on the production of luxury decks such as Monarchs and film franchises such as Marvel's Avengers.

There are 56 cards in the deck: 52 playing cards, 2 jokers, 2 gaff cards. The gaff cards serve as advertisements for Theory11, with their slogan "the ultimate high-end luxury playing cards". See the gaffs .

Above: the front of the box. Printed on thick black stock, letterpressed with gold foil.

Above: the back of the box.

Top Row: the ace of spades, joker and the back. Bottom Row: aces illustrated in a retro style.

References

avatar

By Adam Wintle

Member since March 15, 1997

View Articles

Adam has been involved in developing the site as well as reviewing new decks and conducting research. He is particularly interested in innovation, Kickstarter and East Asian cards. He is a member of the IPCS and webmaster of the EPCS.


Leave a Reply

Recommended

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

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.

1979 Gas Shortages

Gas Shortages

Screenprint designs on an ever-topical subject, designed and made by Sallie Chinkes, 1979.

1986 Helmsley Hotels

Helmsley Hotels

Publicity pack for the Harley and Helmsley Hotels, U.S.A., c.1986.

2014 Encarded First Edition by Paul Carpenter

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.

2005 Bush Cards – The Second Term

Bush Cards – The Second Term

Cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.

2019 National Playing Cards by Theory11

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.

2020 Sirocco by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co.

Sirocco by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co.

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

2012 Monarchs Playing Cards by Theory11

Monarchs Playing Cards by Theory11

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

2015 Nomad Luxury Playing Cards

Nomad Luxury Playing Cards

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

1850 Alphonse Arnoult Spanish-suited pack

Alphonse Arnoult Spanish-suited pack

Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.

2003 Alcatraz: Rules and Regulations Playing Cards

Alcatraz: Rules and Regulations Playing Cards

Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.

2021 Avengers Playing Cards by Theory11

Avengers Playing Cards by Theory11

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

2014 A. Dougherty’s Triplicate Recreation

A. Dougherty’s Triplicate Recreation

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

2019 Triangle Playing Cards

Triangle Playing Cards

Triangle Playing Cards by Michael Scott.

Luxury Collectable Decks

Luxury Collectable Decks

Luxury packs of cards have been produced since the 15th century, a trend that is very popular among collectors today.

1970 Notched Construction Cards

Notched Construction Cards

Two Notched Construction Card Sets by Shackman & Co, N.Y. 1970s.

IBM Linux One

IBM Linux One

IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.

Spyscape

Spyscape

Spyscape espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed playing cards, 2018.

Lion Coffee

Lion Coffee

Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.

1940 Fortune Telling

Fortune Telling

Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.

1953 Vargas Girls

Vargas Girls

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.

1942 Anma US Armed Forces

Anma US Armed Forces

Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.

2011 Curator

Curator

The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.

1989 Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989

Warren Paper Products

Warren Paper Products

Warren Paper Products Co., Lafayette, Indiana, publishers of Built-Rite toys, games and puzzles.

1986 Christmas Playing Cards

Christmas Playing Cards

Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986.

Hamm’s Beer

Hamm’s Beer

Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.

Victory

Victory

“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.

1976 Maya Deck

Maya Deck

The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.

Caleb Bartlett

Caleb Bartlett

Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40.

1951 Snap

Snap

Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

1951 Roundup

Roundup

Roundup card game by Whitman Publishing, 1951.

1951 Old Maid

Old Maid

Old Maid card game by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

1951 Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

1951 Authors

Authors

Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

1951 Whitman 8 Game Box

Whitman 8 Game Box

Whitman 8 Card Games boxed set, 1951.

1974 Paddington

Paddington

Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman.

Avilude or Game of Birds

Avilude or Game of Birds

Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.

1970 Whitman card games

Whitman card games

In the 1970s Whitman Publishing Co. ordered a series of popular games from Hong Kong for the UK market.