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10 July
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ART OF PLAY latest releases. When art becomes Playing Cards

Art Of Play was created in 2013 by the popular magicians Dan&Dave with the aim of offering a carefully selected collection of  designer playing cards. Although they have expanded their business to other items such as puzzles and games, playing cards are still the flagship product. With all these items they have built an image that mixes beauty and elegance with mystery and, of course, magic. Among their activities, Art Of Play also produces their own line of decks teaming…

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09 July
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THE PLANETS: SATURN Playing Cards. The planetary deck with rings

David Goldklang’s (Vanda Cards) spacecraft has reached an interplanetary speed and is moving faster and faster towards the ends of the Solar System. David has just released the sixth deck of the series: THE PLANETS: SATURN.     Illustrated by the Serbian Srdjan Vidakovic (Widakk), this PLANETS series is dedicated to the planets of the Solar System. The artist’s work combines vintage aesthetics with elegance and luxury finishes. This fourth deck is dedicated to Saturn, the planet of the rings. As…

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03 July
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MASQUERADE MARDI GRAS Playing Cards. Brain Vessel’s Carnival fills with color

After succesfully completing the campaign in which they offered the second deck of their “Artist Series”, BrainVessel team has decided to fulfill the wish of many of their backers who saw with sadness how the Mardi Gras edition, offered as a stretch goal, could not be unlocked. Thus, they have just launched a new campaign to create this beautiful and colorful deck: MASQUERADE MARDI GRAS. Masquerade Mardi Gras has been illustrated by Denyse Klette, a Canadian artist with a huge talent for drawing…

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02 July
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THE HALLOWEEN DECK. Relaunch of an amazing set of playing cards inspired by tradition

A little over a month ago I was talking about Stephen W. Brandt, a talented and imaginative designer, illustrator and animator. After rethinking his previous project created from a new company, Swabbed Decks, he has just relaunched the project again and this time with the absolute determination to print THE HALLOWEEN DECK. Despite being a theme already used on other decks before, Stephen’s cards are completely different and depict their own interpretation, without filters, of this celebration, especially popular in the Anglosphere…

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01 July
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LLOD’S CARNIVAL Playing Cards. The steampunk and the alien power show

Terry Doll is an imaginative creator dedicated to science fiction writing and game design. In his first foray into playing cards design he offers us a fantastic world that mixes ancestral cultures with the technology of alien civilizations: LLOD’S CARNIVAL. The story behind this interesting deck is played by strange characters dressed in steampunk style and armed with a powerful but unstable technology whose abuse is toxic and lethal. As a complement to the story, the symbolism plays a very…

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28 June
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THE KELLY GANG deck. Outlandish Playing Cards very easy to catch

The stories about bandits have always been exciting and, even despite being outlaws persecuted for justice, many of them have become legendary heroes. This is the case of Ned Kelly and his gang that now receive a tribute in the form of a deck of cards: THE KELLY GANG. Son of an Irish father, a convict transferred to the British colony of Victoria (Australia) in the mid-nineteenth century, Ned Kelly grew up with an indelible idea about rebellion against the English…

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24 June
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EL RECUERDO: MUERTOS ILUMINADOS Playing Cards. The fourth deck of a series full of beauty and tradition

One month ago, Sviatoslav Pashchuk (Agitcom) launched his decks EL RECUERDO. His talent as a designer made this campaign a success in which all stretch goals were unlocked including the three editions offered as stretch goals.     The artist also created a very special fourth edition that wasn’t funded and has been just released in a new campaign: EL RECUERDO: Muertos Iluminados.     This deck brings new designs on faces, back and tuck case although it keeps as reference the…

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21 June
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BICYCLE SYNDICATE Playing Cards. The beauty of the passion and teamwork

This deck is very special for me as it is the result of a collaboration of Max Playing Cards with Michael Encarnacao, the talented designer behind Shapeshifters. His awesome designs full of details and elegance have always impressed me and we have talked about working together in a deck for a long time. Gambler’s Warehouse has just released the result of this work: BICYCLE SYNDICATE. Syndicate represents the union of the passion for design and for playing cards. Combining advanced…

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14 June
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Bicycle HONOR EDITION Playing Cards. A smart way to guess your card

Almost three years ago I had the opportunity to meet JL MAGIC, a group of kind and enthusiastic professionals that has become Korea’s most important magic products wholesaler. Their catalog of magical items is the largest in Asia and their playing cards supply is huge, as well as having their own production. Some of these decks are sold exclusively in the Korean market but others become available for the international market. As a Bicycle Playing Cards collector, it is not…

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11 June
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THE PLANETS: JUPITER Playing Cards. Each time colder, each time more beautiful

The trip through the Solar System is becoming faster and, if a little less than a month ago David Goldklang (Vanda Cards) offered us the Mars campaign, he now launches the fifth deck of the series: THE PLANETS: JUPITER.     Illustrated by the Serbian Srdjan Vidakovic (Widakk), this PLANETS series is dedicated to the planets of the Solar System. The artist’s work combines vintage aesthetics with elegance and luxury finishes. This fourth deck is dedicated to Mars, the giant planet….