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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.

Serpentine

‘Serpentine’ Playing Cards published by Legends P.C.Co., 2014.

‘Serpentine’ Playing Cards

The latest production from Lawrence Sullivan’s Legends Playing Card Co (LPCC) is an exquisitely crafted poker-style deck in which vintage playing card artwork has been given a 21st century makeover resulting in a classically ornate look with modern elegance. The deck also includes new pips and a custom Ace and Joker illustrated by Stuart Palm.

The cards are a showcase of cutting-edge manufacturing technology from a new factory somewhere in Asia. The court card designs chosen are attractively patterned with very precise printing registration. The box is tasteful in a classic style with embossing and subtle colour schemes, giving a pleasing retro feel. The backs are a crisp and sophisticated reworking of the classic artwork. And above all the deck handles ultra-smoothly thanks to the ‘Emerald Finish’.

Above: ‘Serpentine’ poker size playing cards published by Legends Playing Card Co (LPCC), 2014. 52 cards + 2 Jokers in tuck box.  Cards courtesy Legends Playing Card Company.

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By Simon Wintle

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996.

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