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08 January
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THE MUSIC BOX Playing Cards. Open the lid and enjoy the melody

Technological advances developed by the companies behind playing cards production allow creators to offer us better quality and more original products. The most recent and original proposal by Classics Playing Cards is THE MUSIC BOX. Inspired by a traditional music box, the tuck case has an opening, design and finish similar to a real music box, with a wooden look, a magnetic flap, embossing and gold foil. In addition, and this is the main novelty, when you open the lid,…

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04 December
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ARTIST INSIGHT: ANNETTE ABOLINS. NINE LIVES Cards and her upcoming project VIZAĜO

Writing for so many years in Max Playing Cards has provided me with fabulous moments (and also some bitter ones), because I have had the opportunity to know the human quality of artists whose talent is hidden behind the fabulous designs I talk about. And there are (fortunately many) occasions in which meeting those human-beings behind the artists makes it worth the effort and dedication to this work. One of those occasions came a few weeks ago, when I had…

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02 November
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GOLD IMPERIAL Playing Cards. Faberge eggs more luxurious than ever

While he enjoys the success of his latest campaign, ROME, Randy Butterfield (Midnight Card Company) has decided to launch his very first self-funded and self-fulfilled project: GOLD IMPERIAL. More than three years ago, Randy created a set of two original custom decks called Imperial. Inspired on the Fabergé eggs of the XIX Century and Imperial Russia and created from original 3D Models, the campaign was successfully funded but this Gold deck, created as a stretch gold, couldn’t be printed. After a few…

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10 October
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AVANT-GARDE Playing Cards. Art-Deco and Art-Nouveau join in the UC 2017 deck

Experimental, radical, unorthodox… That’s how the vanguard is defined, something quite related to a team of good friends, the Edgy Brothers, that have just released their latest creation: AVANT-GARDE. But talking about friends, Avant-Garde is not only a creation of this nice people, but it is also the deck chosen by another group of awesome friends, United Cardists, as the 2017 Fifth Annual Deck. Remember United Cardists is a wisdom reference in the playing cards world that have already released four official decks: Bicycle…

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25 September
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NOUVEAU BIJOUX Playing Cards. A real jewel from the Art Nouveau

One year ago, two good friends of Max Playing Cards, Karin Yan (Bona Fide Playing Cards) and Mike Ratledge (United Cardists), joint their efforts, art and wisdom to produce the beautiful Nouveau Playing Cards. After that, Karin decided to create a new edition of Nouveau with important changes: NOUVEAU BIJOUX. Although NOUVEAU BIJOUX keeps the essence of the original decks, with an artwork inspired by the original Rouen designs for the very first French playing cards and their historical and mythological characters, this new…

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10 September
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Gemini Playing Cards. The beauty of the imperfect symmetry

It has been over three years since his first job in Requiem and Lorenzo Gaggiotti (Stockholm 17 Playing Cards) has done nothing more than achieving success as a playing cards designer. Each new deck has been a spectacular display of talent and inspiration. Now, he gives us his latest creation: GEMINI.     Castor and Pollux, two twin brothers that were born from two eggs and different fathers, are mythological characters who gave name to the brightest stars of the…

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07 July
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New Collectable Playing Cards decks. Videotape these naked beauties that will melt your ice

Production by Collectable Playing Cards is so plentiful and fast that I could make a weekly newsletter only for their new decks. I’ll use this article to talk about their last three creations that combine different styles and themes. While CPC have always worked with the USPCC to print their decks (most Bicycle branded) and have used Kickstarter for co-funding them, this time there is an interesting novelty I will explain you later.   BICYCLE FROST     This deck keeps the…

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05 June
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JAGUAR Playing Cards. Feline beauty and elegance

After the campaign that ended unfairly Bicycle Classic unfunded, 9780 Design, a small company with a huge experience in playing cards design strikes back with something completely different and new: JAGUAR. The choice of this animal has a lot to do with the design of the deck: elegant, sober and minimalist. In black and white with some red touches, JAGUAR aims to become the first of a new line of signature decks with a strong personality and elegance.     The deck…

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03 May
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THE SISTERHOOD OF BLOOD Playing Cards. Twelve bloodthirsty women

After his success with “The Coven“, Kirk Slater (52Ravens) presents his second and disturbing creation: THE SISTERHOOD OF BLOOD Playing Cards.     Despite being a completely different theme, inspired by London vampires during the Victorian era, Kirk’s is clearly present in the designs, with a choice of simple but intense colors, and the unsettling presence of a set of court cards, all women, enjoying their bloody voracity. There is an interesting story to tell behind each one of them.  …

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08 March
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DYNASTY Playing Cards. Stilish decks Inspired by ancient oriental roots

Any fan of contemporary playing cards will find familiar the name of Brendan Hong. Illustrator and designer, he has always been associated to the work by Jackson Robinson and Kings Wild Project thanks to his constant collaborations and his fantastic job in the design of THE HIVE cards series. Now, after a period of reflection, Brendan has embarked on his first solo adventure: DYNASTY Playing Cards. With a very personal style, Brendan uses his oriental roots to create a very…