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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…

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05 December
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RUSSIAN FOLK ART Limited Edition Playing Cards. The court cards are more Russian than ever

A few months ago Natalia Silva launched the most luxurious of her decks inspired by Russian folklore, the collector’s edition, with a colorful design on a black background. Since its price was a bit higher due to its special features and its print-run was limited to 75 decks, many of her fans regretted not being able to get it. Natalia, who never wants to disappoint her followers, has decided to create a limited edition of a standard deck with the same…

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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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23 November
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EL DORADO – MAYA Playing Cards. The legend of gold in colorful ancient civilizations

After a first unfunded try, Emmanuel Valtierra, the creator of colorful playing cards inspired by ancient civilizations, relaunches the first deck of a new series: EL DORADO – MAYA.     Inspired by the Mayan culture and symbolism, emperors, gods, women and animals taken from ancient codex are depicted in the court cards in a completely customized deck, full of interesting details. For the relaunch, the artist has created two different editions. The Golden Edition shows a monochrome design in metallic colors with gold…

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11 October
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EL DORADO – MAYA Playing Cards. The legend of gold in ancient civilizations

Emmanuel Valtierra is already well-known in the playing cards small world for his series about ancestral cultures. Following his success, and going on with artwork based on ancient civilizations, he launches the first of a new series: EL DORADO – MAYA. Inspired by the Mayan culture and symbolism, these new cards leave the colorful aspect of their predecessors towards a more sober ones, which keep the artist’s unmistakable style but with a monochrome design in metallic colors with gold faces…

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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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16 August
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MONGOL EMPIRE Decks. Genghis Khan will become (augmented) reality in your playing cards

More than 100 million people in an area of over 33 million square kilometers made the Mongol Empire the largest contiguous land empire in the history. C79 Studios, a young group of graphic designers, has been working for a long time on a deck inspired by the strength of this great empire and they have just released their creation: MONGOL EMPIRE. But MONGOL EMPIRE is much more than a deck of cards. The artistic development behind this project is huge and…

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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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02 July
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WICKED KINGDOM Deck. A fantasy world in beautifully illustrated cards

A magnificent work of professional illustration, a story full of details and richness and a passionate designer are the ingredients that will undoubtedly be one of the decks of the year: WICKED KINGDOM.     Wylie Beckert is not only a talented artist but an amazing graphic storyteller. In each card, she illustrates a character that is part of the dark but exciting world she has created in this deck. These beings show two different aspects of their personality, reflected but…