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30 December
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Collectable Playing Cards celebrate their hundred. Congratulations!

I perfectly remember when, in 2013, I was chatting with the Spanish Ana Albares, one of their first artists, about Collectable Playing Cards. The man behind an already consolidated company dedicated to the magic products in Magic Trick Store, Mike Guistolise, decided to begin a business venture about playing cards in which he would also produce his own decks. More than 4 years later, Collectable Playing Cards has become one of the most prolific producers of cards, mainly Bicycle. Many designs and…

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26 December
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BICYCLE KNIGHTS Playing Cards. Outfit yourself properly for a bloody medieval battle

Will Roya (PlayingCardsDecks.com) goes on working for a place in the each time more complicated scenario of playing cards crowdfunding. After four successful projects, he has just launched his first Bicycle deck: KNIGHTS.     Bicycle Knights is a deck inspired by the Middle Ages and their fierce hand-to-hand fighting. For the designs Will has teamed the renowned European artist, Sam Hayles, who has traditionally worked with Big Blind Media in many decks of their Karnival series. Now, with a somewhat more figurative style,…

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24 November
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BICYCLE RUNIC ROYALTY DARK Playing Cards. The second Edition in black of a nice fantasy deck

Earlier this year, Canadian artist Keith Glover was able to fund his Runic Royalty Light deck working with PlayingCardsDecks.com. Now, teamed again with Will Roya, he has just released the new edition of the deck: BICYCLE RUNIC ROYALTY DARK. In the illustrations, the artist combines the magical inspiration of the runes and their strange symbols with his own interpretation of the traditional deck. Thus, cards keep a design that is familiar and, at the same time, completely customized , suitable…

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23 November
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New projects and a great Black Friday by PLAYINGCARDDECKS.COM

PlayingCardsDecks.com is revealing as one of the promising company that bets on card design. In a tireless activity that combines work with designers from around the world to create different and creative cards and a wide range of decks in his online store, Will Roya is getting a place in this hard playing cards creation world. I have written before about some of their productions like Chicken or Alice in Wonderland, and after chatting with Will, he has revealed to me some of…

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17 November
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BICYCLE MARBLE Deck by Max. The LAST one of the RIDER BACK Texture Series

In 2014 the Texture Series was born to offer those playing cards fans the nicest Bicycle Rider Back decks ever. Now, the Rider Back Texture Series is about to die. The very last of the RIDER BACK Texture Series Playing Cards has been launched: THE MARBLE DECK. Combining the most popular back, used by players, magicians and fans from around the world, and the most beautiful and realistic textures, the original Metal Deck, the Wood Deck and the Blue Metal deck…

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06 November
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Bicycle WILD WEST Playing Cards. I would get them if I were you, stranger.

Justin Froyd (Jamm Pakd Cards) is one of those tenacious and energetic artists. Since I know him, and that’s when he started designing cards in 2014, he has not stopped working to make his decks a reality. After his success with the Bicycle Coat of Arms decks, Justin has relaunched what he considers his best work: BICYCLE WILD WEST. For this project Justin has counted again on his old friend, the designer J. Gonzo, and with his own experiences in Arizona…

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03 November
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Bicycle ANGELARIUM TRILOGY Playing Cards. The fantasy and the enlightened beauty of a mysterious world

In March 2015 I spoke of two impressive decks inspired by a fantasy emanated from the imagination of Peter Mohrbacher. Now, Erik Dahlman (Albino Dragon) has just launched a new and stimulating edition: the ANGELARIUM TRILOGY. Following the style of the previous ones, the court cards of these new decks show us different creatures in beautiful and detailed illustrations. Observing carefully each of these pieces of art is a real pleasure full of details and emotions. Thus, Albino Dragon adds to…

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14 October
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BICYCLE OPHIDIAN Playing Cards. The hypnotic beauty of the snake

This is not the first time Gambler’s Warehouse and Shapeshifters  team to create a deck. Following the success of both editions of Mystique, they have decided to collaborate in the campaign of the BICYCLE OPHIDIAN Playing Cards. The designs of Michael Encarnacao, the artist behind numerous and well-known decks, have some elements in common that make them very recognizable: elegance, mystery, elaborate details,… The Ophidian deck can not be less. The ever-present snake figure serves as inspiration for creating elaborate illustrations that meander…

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10 October
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BICYCLE decks relaunched by Collectable Playing Cards. A crazy world during the whole year

Collectable Playing Cards have relaunched in Kickstarter some of their previous campaigns. Here is a summary:   BICYCLE MAD WORLD     Inspired by old classic playing cards, the design has been carefully created like intricately crafted. All the deck has been intentionally aged getting that yellowed aspect and mixing the beauty of the traditional playing cards an some mystery behind the symbols and decorations of the aces and tuck case. The aged aspect has been created using digital techniques to make…

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27 September
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BICYCLE DOUBLE BLACK Playing Cards. The second edition of Gambler’s classic

More than three years ago, with two decades of experience in the playing cards market, Gambler’s Warehouse burst into the crowdfunding scene with a deck created by one of their most talented artists. Keeping the original enthusiasm of the first campaign, they have created a new and completely redesigned edition: BICYCLE DOUBLE BLACK 2nd Edition. Designed by Blackout Brother, this deck represents in some way the evolution of GWH in the playing cards scenario and their effort to satisfy their customers….