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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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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…

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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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03 August
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RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE Playing Cards. The end of the world beautifully illustrated

For his quality, not only as a human-being but as an amazing illustrator, Justin Hussain (Ace Collectable Cards) has become one of our favorite artists. After Four Seasons and HorRoar!, Justin offers us his most recent creation: RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE.     Inspired by the famous biblical paragraph about the end of the world, the cards depict in each suit the allegories of conquest, war, famine and death. The horses and their horsemen are the protagonists of the court cards. The…

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19 June
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MANTRA Playing Cards. Three decks that will give you spiritual calm

Mantras are tools with spiritual power traditionally related to the deities of Hinduism. The Shanti Mantras (or Peace Mantras) are prayers present in religious rituals to convey a sense of peace around those who recite them. With an inspiration in these prayers you can find the new MANTRA decks. Created by Noir Arts (NPCC) , these three decks are named after each of the Shanti Mantras, used to calm and remove obstacles from the three realms described in the Hindu…

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28 February
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Relaunch of THE STAR KINGS Playing Cards. A space trip with gold foil

Last year, the the creative SVI group released a deck inspired by a futuristic comic. The campaign was not funded and after some adjustments they have relaunched THE STAR KINGS. Inspired by the graphic novel “The Warriors of Shambala” from “The Chronicles of Star Frontiers” series, the cards depict a wide variety of characters from the comic book. That comic style is present in the illustrations of the court cards with warriors from the outer space in a symmetrical structure. The numbered cards are…

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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…