A good poker player should make a good spy: observant, sharp and self-controlled.
The face cards are all espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed. Many people would recognize the Guy Fawkes mask the Jack of diamonds is wearing, made famous by the antihero of V For Vendetta and the hacker group Anonymous. The Kings have James Bond spy gadget objects, the Queens have surveillance devices and the Jacks are all using puzzle/cryptography/drone and listening devices.
The Museum of Spycraft itself was a lot of fun with various tests and tasks for the visitors to do. Everyone was given a small RFID chip to carry to log in to the exhibits and it kept track of your results. At the end of the tour you would be given an “assignment” based on your results.
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any hidden codes within the cards. The patterns on the backs are all the same and there does not seem to be a hidden code using anything like ultraviolet ink or patterns in the clothing or layout of the suits. I wish there were, it would really reward a sharp eye for detail.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Details of 13 paintings by 8 different Impressionist artists on elongated cards.
Politicards™ 2016 & Politikids 2016: twin decks of satirical playing cards produced by Peter Green f...
Stylish ‘Tuxedo’ playing cards with animal faces created by Natalia Silva, USA, 2016.
‘The Deck of Hillary’ with quotes and photographs of Hillary Clinton, USA, 2003.
Shakespeare Insults playing cards with portraits by Jan Padover, USA, 2005.
Shakespeare playing cards: Quotes, the first volume of a double set published by Prospero Art of San...
Old Testament playing cards with illustrations by Jan Padover, USA, 2012.
Starz behind bars playing cards with mug shots of the rich and famous under arrest, USA, 2003.
House of Cards: Deck of Bush playing cards presenting reasons not to re-elect President Bush for a s...
Facsimile of ‘FDR New Deal Deck’ of 1934 re-published by Bill Schroeder, USA, 2010.
“Politically Wild John McCain” published by Newt’s Playing Cards, USA, 2008.
Strange facts from Robert Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ books, in the form of cartoons.
Fate fortune telling cards published by Merrimack Publishing Corporation, USA.
Politicards 2004 with satirical cartoons by the award-winning illustrator Peter Green, USA.
Politicards 1971 for the presidential election in which Richard Nixon won a landslide victory.
Politicards 1984 with caricatures by Donald Gates, published by the Kamber Group, USA.
Politicards 1980 in which Ronald Reagan defeated the incumbent Jimmy Carter, with caricatures by Kei...
Stereotypical representations of gay men and men they most admire, in a 1981 pack from San Francisco...
‘52 Ways to talk about adoption’ family-centred playing cards produced by the Center for Adoption Su...
Facsimile of Winstanley’s Geographical cards produced by Harold & Virginia Wayland, 1967.