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10 May
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EL RECUERDO Playing cards. Mexican culture and history beautifully illustrated

Sviatoslav Pashchuk (Agitcom) is one of those designers whose work is worth of admiration. He is able to turn each card into a piece of art. He already did it in the Golden Age decks and now he presents his new creation: EL RECUERDO. For this deck the artist takes the tradition and culture of Mexico combining folkloric and historical elements in a very successful way. With just a pencil and a paper Sviatoslav has taken a variety of references and…

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09 May
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ENEIDA Playing Cards. Beauty inspired by a classic epic poem

In 1798, the poem “Eneida” by the Ukranian writer Ivan Kotliarevsky was published. In 2011, one of its multiples reprints in 2011 included as a complement a beautifully illustrated bridge deck with the same name was created and it became a huge success. Now, Fullhouse has launched a new edition: ENEIDA. Eneida tells a story inspired by Virgil’s Latin epopee and adapted to Ukrainian folklore and culture. This literary adaptation was illustrated on playing cards in a sublime way with…

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23 April
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EPHEMERID Playing Cards. Much more than a typographic deck

Graphic designer, entrepreneur, adventurer, collector, blogger, … The human being behind this new deck is simply amazing. Fabien Barral (Mr. Cup) has been working for many years in the graphic design world and has already carried out successful crowdfunding campaigns because he really relies on personal relationships as the key to a good project. As a collector, Fabien has been picking up thousands of transitory items printed in paper (ephemera) throughout his life, such as tickets, bookmarks or letters. He wanted…

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22 April
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MODERN AIRCRAFT Playing Cards. The powerful flying machines take off again!

A few weeks ago I was talking about the second military-themed deck by Buyworthy, one of the most important companies dedicated to the playing cards online business in Australia. After trying to print the deck, they decided to completely change the direction of the project and relaunch it as MODERN AIRCRAFT. In the quest to satisfy the taste of their backers, Buyworthy have got rid of the Bicycle brand and the large minimum print run by the USPCC so have decided…

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08 April
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ANTAGON ROYAL Playing Cards. The last and best version of the powerful medieval women

After trying a few months ago, Michele Spatola continues to pursue his dream and relaunches, with several changes, his new campaign of ANTAGON ROYAL Playing Cards. Michele has worked as crazy for this relaunch and has assembled a set of beautiful hyperrealistic illustrations of women made by talented designers to be depicted int he court cards and jokers. These women are the real protagonists of a deck that blends elegance and refinement in its designs. The numbered cards are delicate and…

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09 March
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ODE TO LA CATRINA Playing Cards. The resurrection of beautiful and dead Mexican girls

Disturbingly beautiful, La Catrina or Calabaza Garbancera is already an icon of the famous Day of the Dead celebration. Created by Jose Guadalupe Posada, one of the most popular and inspiring Mexican illustrators and engravers, his work is part of the traditional Mexican folklore. Although there are already many decks dedicated to the Mexican Day of the Dead, Noir Arts has just launched two awesome decks inspired by this nice girl: THE ODE TO LA CATRINA. With this production, Noir Arts recovers the original designs…

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18 January
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CABINET OF CURIOSITIES Playing Cards. Amazing objects from the most recondite places

The cabinets of curiosities were, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, places of collection and exhibition of strange objects from every single corner of the world. It was possible to find amazing pieces classified into different categories (animals, plants or minerals) as well as man-made objects, scientific gadgets and works of art. They also had room for incredible (and disturbing) malformations of Nature preserved in formaldehyde or remains of mythological animals more typical of a circus of horrors. Their had…

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11 January
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ACE TREASURE PIRATES Playing Cards. A deck with wooden leg and eyepatch

His talent, generosity and ability to overcome difficulties has made  Justin Hussain (Ace Collectable Cards) a good friend and one of the favorite artists of Max Playing Cards. His creative thirst is tireless and constantly evolves. All his decks show fantastic illustrations that tell their own stories. Now he brings us his latest creation: ACE TREASURE PIRATES.     All the elements of an authentic pirate novel are mixed with the beautiful playing cards inspiration to achieve a perfect combination. Each…

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15 October
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RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE vol.2 Playing Cards. The end of the world is a woman’s name

Illustrations full of passion, details and fantasy … this is the work by Justin Hussain (Ace Collectable Cards), a young designer and good friend of Max Playing Cards who has demonstrated his tenacity and his desire to make himself a place in this world of playing cards design. His success with Riders of the Apocalypse encouraged many of his followers to ask him for a second edition and he just did it: RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE VOL. 2.     The…

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04 September
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NOVA Playing Cards. Originally simple but true to tradition

Simple and elegant, this is the first deck created by Adam Whitfield : NOVA Playing Cards. Adam is a British graphic design student who loves card games and who took the inspiration from a notebook cover, building an original set of playing cards. The strokes of nova are thick, basically geometric, but with a stylish finish.     With an almost monochromatic color scheme, dark blue and red are the protagonists. The faces are faithful to the traditional pattern with light…