Bicycle knights playing cards manufactured and published by the US Playing Card Company in 2018 for PlayingCardDecks.com
The art work is by Sam Haylesan Edinburgh-based independent design consultant and graphic designer known for his playing card and record sleeve art work, often of a Gothic, slightly macabre style. Sam spent time as a designer and worked for a few agencies, before becoming independent in 2004 to focus on his own designs and this gave him the chance to develop his own unique style. Apparently he finds digital graphics so interesting that he does it in his free time!
The background to each card is coloured in a very pleasing mottled vintage effect resembling parchment which sets off the somewhat dark and Gothic primary designs. Each pack is individually numbered on a custom tuck box seal, and comes from a limited edition of just 2500 packs.
The aces are all circular shields, with their relevant suit embossed in the centre.
NOTE: we also notice that the 4 of clubs is actually a 5, but Matt didn't mention this in his article.
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