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13 March
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DEVASTATION SILVER Playing Cards. The new and exclusive edition

After doing it with the special Blue Innovation, Jody Eklund (Black Ink Playing Cards), revisits an exclusive edition of one of his best and most acclaimed decks: DEVASTATION SILVER EDITION. With this campaign Jody recovers a fabulous design inspired by the use of weapons of mass destruction along the different periods of history. It is a fantastic reflection on the innate (and contradictory) human need of using weapons to kill their own kind. The cards depict the two sides of a coin made…

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01 February
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ESSENTIA Playing cards relaunch. Traditional and fresh

A few months ago I presented the latest creation by Mankin Chan (Mankinnovation), a graphic designer based in the Netherlands. That campaign was not funded and now Mankin relaunches ESSENTIA. A very personal style defines this artist with soft shapes but an interesting aesthetic force. The renovated Essentia keeps that eye-catching simple drawing, flat colors and “cartoonish” style of the previous deck and becomes the author’s reinterpretación of the traditional playing cards. Thus, these cards will be an interesting collection object because…

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16 January
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DEMONOLOGIE Playing Cards. It’s evil! … but it’s good

Inspired by ancient civilizations, old manuscripts and ancestral paintings, Emmanuel Valtierra has always offered us a very personal vision of millenary cultures. After five successful campaigns in which he has created a total of six decks, Emmanuel launches his new creation: DEMONOLOGIE.     Each of the court cards in the deck is dedicated to a character linked to evil. Demons, fallen angels or malignant creatures decorate the faces with an old book style and that well-known colorful touch of…

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18 October
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TOP ACES OF WWI Playing Cards . A tribute to the first World War pilots

Keeping his elegant and detailed character, Jody Eklund (Black Ink Playing Cards) presents his latest creation: TOP ACES OF WWI. This time, the pilots of the First World War inspire these illustrations that break with the monochromatic aesthetics of his latest decks to bring us an interesting and more colorful proposal. With that “retro” touch of engraving style, Jody dedicates this deck to his grandfather, a flying lover, and to all those who risked their lives on the back of one…

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01 October
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ESSENTIA Playing cards. Traditional inspiration with an original style

A little over two years ago, Mankin Chan (Mankinnovation), a graphic designer based in the Netherlands, successfully launched the original Cultura deck, a tour through four different countries around the world with a simple yet appealing illustration style. Now, Mankin strikes back with a new project: ESSENTIA. Essentia keeps that eye-catching simple drawing, flat colors and “cartoonish” style of the previous deck and becomes the author’s reinterpretación of the traditional playing cards. Thus, these cards will be an interesting collection object…

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28 September
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DRACONIAN and KNIGHTS Playing Cards. Eternal rivals together in a limited edition

One of the things I most admire of a card designer, whatever the nature of his work is, is when his/her imprint is clearly recognizable. This is undoubtedly the case of Randy Butterfield, an artist of recognized talent (and a good friend) with a really personal style. He has worked over the last few years on a huge number of projects, not only with his Midnight Cards brand but also in collaboration with other creators and companies. Now, he presents…

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03 September
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METROPOL NOX and LUX 2017. The traditional minimalism with shiny finish

In the last months, playing cards creation has experienced a strong explosion of minimalist and geometric designs specially oriented to cardistry fans. However these designs are not new and we can find pretty good referents that can be considered the origins of this type of decks. One of the most obvious cases is the Metropol Playing Cards, created by Mike Lambert (Metropol Cards) and whose first NOX edition was launched in 2013, followed by the LUX edition in 2104. Three years…

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31 August
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DON QUIXOTE VOL. 2: ROCINANTE Playing cards. The deck Cervantes always wanted to own

I know that any friend of Max Playing Cards will know that I can’t hide my predilection for some artists who, over time, have become good friends. Nam Tibon (Cellar Window) is one of them and I always enjoy his releases very much. This time, it is the turn of DON QUIXOTE VOL. 2: ROCINANTE.     You may remember that this deck was already offered a few months ago as the second deck of the Vol. 2 campaign, but…

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08 August
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ALICE IN WONDERLAND Playing Cards. Eat me, drink me, enjoy me

Sasha Dounaevski is a restless soul. Born in Belarus, when she was 18 traveled to Israel for a six-month adventure and she has been living there for 22 years. During all this time, she has trained and grown as a graphic designer and teacher at a local school. Photography, painting, handmade are some of her hobbies. Interested in the crowdfunding philosophy, she found some playing card projects that amazed her and decided to create her own deck. Thus, she has…

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09 May
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IRON HORSE Playing Cards. In your place, I would get them, stranger!

By 1885, Frank Hokey, and his band of outlaws, were poised to be remembered with the likes of Billy the Kid, Jesse James, and the Dalton Brothers… This is the beginning of a short story written by Ricky Cassford, who has been used by his friend Jody Eklund (Black Ink Playing Cards) as the inspiration for his new deck: THE IRON HORSE. While keeping his personal designing style based on the engraving technique, Jody gives us this time his more mature…