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16 August
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Golden Age Playing Cards. A fantasy world with amazing illustrations

Playing cards design has allowed talented artists to find new forms of expression. One of the best artists I have had the opportunity to meet is the Ukrainian Sviatoslav Pashchuk (Agitcom) who, although he has not yet had much luck in his foray into the playing cards world, still has much to say and to offer because his illustrations are extremely beautiful and full of quality and realism. Now, he has just released his latest proposal: GOLDEN AGE.     Taking inspiration from Neil…

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05 July
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HEROES OF THE NATIONS LUXURY EDITION. A beautiful deck inside a beautiful and exclusive tuck case

Inspirado en un mundo de fantasía, Heroes of the Nations was one of the nicest illustrated playing cards I talked about last year. The project is being fulfilled and April GS has decided to launch a special edition of this deck: Heroes of the Nation Luxury Edition.     In this “express” campaign that will last only 10 days, April GS offers the original deck, printed by the USPCC, inside a very special tuck case, created with matte black velvety…

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28 June
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VIZAĜO Playing Cards relaunch. A new opportunity for happiness and color

After an undeservedly underfunded attempt, Annette Abolins has relaunched her deck VIZAĜO with some interesting changes that bring down the funding goal and move the project closer to the success. These changes include: Standard LPCC tuck box (with its semi-matte finish) Minimum print run of 900 decks Limited 1st Edition (shown on tuck box) Lower stretch goal for Lumino (blue deck), which will be unlocked at $18,500 AUD Vizaĝo is the Esperanto word for “face” and that’s exactly the inspiration for the…

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31 May
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GAIA Playing cards. The most natural beauty

Mother Earth, Nature and the ability to self-regulate and remain immutable (despite our constant attempts to destroy it) is the inspiration for this beautiful deck: GAIA.     The idea of life on our planet as something that co-evolves with the environment to maintain the balance was interpreted by James Lovelock in 1969 through his GAIA hypothesis. This connection between the elements of nature is the source of inspiration for a talented young English artist, Ben Sinclair, who has made, with…

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30 May
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VIZAĜO Playing Cards. Fill your face with joy and color

A few months ago I had the opportunity to talk to Annette Abolins. It was a pleasant discovery not only artistic but personal, since I found some of those human beings that really worth knowing. At that time I talked about her creations and her projects. The latest one has just been launched: VIZAĜO. Vizaĝo is the Esperanto word for “face” and that’s exactly the inspiration for the designs. Annette is fascinated by faces and she have drawn them almost…

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26 April
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DONDORF “HUNDERTJAHKARTE” Playing Cards. The most beautiful restoration of a centenary deck

This is not the first time we have seen a modern restoration of an old deck but I think this is the most beautiful restoration I have seen lately: DONDORF HUNDERTJAHKARTE. Bernhard Dondorf was a long-lived German card maker born and based in Frankfurt who created a lithograph company and who always worked with innovative techniques. The most notable of these techniques was the chromolithography, patented in the mid-nineteenth century and which Dondorf elevated to the category of graphic art…

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06 March
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INFERNO Playing Cards. A “divine” deck with the beauty of a poem

A political activist and defender of Italian unity, Dante Alighieri, known as “il Sommo Poeta” (“the supreme poet”) has gone down in history as the author of the masterpiece of universal literature: The Divine Comedy. This key work in the transition from the Medieval thought to the Renaissance, has inspired artists such as Boticelli, Doré and Dalí in their drawings and illustrations. Contemporary artists have also been inspired by this beautiful epic verse. One of them, Stefano Protino, has done…

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05 March
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ORIGINS SHADOWS OF HISTORY Playing Cards. Tradition and history as inspiration of beauty

Rick Davidson is one of the most talented artists I have had the pleasure to meet. His love for traditional playing cards and his ability to create elegant designs inspired by the classic patterns with a modern touch brought us ORIGINS Playing Cards. Now, more than three years later, Rick offers us a sequel with two completely different decks: ORIGINS SHADOWS OF HISTORY. In this campaign Rick releases two decks. The SHADOWS OF HISTORY Edition revisits the original with beautifully updated…

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27 January
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BRANLE TESORO Playing Cards. The refined double foiled luxury of the 16th century

Playing cards printers do not stop investigating in the search of alternatives to offer novel and surprising products. Embossing and foiled tuck cases and cards have already become powerful added values that large companies have made use of to sell more and more decks. New materials, finishes and extras go on surprising card fans. Noir Arts (NPCC) is a small printing company that has made great efforts to compete with “the big ones” though a constant investment in new techniques and…

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24 December
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HEROES OF THE NATION Playing Cards. Watercolor warriors from the four cardinal points

April is a Russian advertising agency that has decided to launch a new and amazing deck of cards: HEROES OF THE NATION. Inspired by a fantastic world, the deck depicts legendary warriors of four imaginary nations located in one each of the four cardinal points.     The illustrations have been handmade by the artist Oleg Shapkin in beautiful compositions made with watercolor pencils in which all details have been taken care of. The color combinations are sober but quite…