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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.

Star Kings

Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, 2017.

Star Kings custom playing cards, inspired by space opera, were conceived by Serhii Sheludchenko, author of the science fiction novel “The Chronicles of Star Frontiers”. The cards were published in 2017 by SVI Group, a team of creative artists, writers, engineers and travelers with an interest in playing cards. The design includes internally decorated suit symbols and gold decorations. Decks come with either white or black backgrounds.

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Above: Star Kings playing cards inspired by space opera, made in Europe, 2017. 52 cards + 2 jokers + extra card in sturdy gold foiled and embossed tuck box. Cards printed on 310gsm German cardboard Casino Classic (August Koehler AG). Decks come with either white or black backgrounds with matching light or dark backs and boxes, limited edition of 1200 decks for each version.

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