From his passionate beginnings in the world of cards, Kevin Yu has left a distinctive mark on the playing card industry. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Kevin is a young entrepreneur, magician, and collector, as well as a card enthusiast whose creative vision and commitment to excellence have shaped one of the most intriguing and unique brands: CARD MAFIA. Throughout his journey, he has explored uncharted territories and elevated playing cards to new levels of design and craftsmanship.
Kevin Yu’s journey in the playing card industry had its roots in Bocopo Playing Cards, where he designed decks inspired by celestial bodies, which would later become the creative foundation for what is now Card Mafia. In addition to his role in Card Mafia, he is also recognized for his contribution to Riffle Shuffle Playing Cards, a significant and prolific company dedicated to producing playing cards with a strong reputation among collectors.
Within the exciting realm of playing card production, Card Mafia has stood out thanks to its unparalleled creativity and commitment to excellence. Emerged innovatively through Kickstarter, this company has redefined the art of card decks with unique creations and striking cases. One of its recent and exclusive feats has been the fusion of two exciting universes: the world of playing cards and the iconic anime series ONE PIECE.
Since its debut in 1997, “One Piece” has captivated audiences worldwide with its thrilling narrative of daring pirates in search of legendary treasures. Created by Eiichiro Oda, this epic manga and anime immerse us in a world of boundless seas, exotic islands, and charismatic characters. The protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy, leads the Straw Hat Pirates on a journey filled with challenges, epic clashes, and the quest for the mythical “One Piece.” This exhilarating voyage has laid the groundwork for the collaboration between Card Mafia and “One Piece,” where the iconic figures of the series come to life in a unique collection of playing card decks, thus merging two captivating universes into an unprecedented visual and tactile experience.
These decks immerse us in the exciting world of One Piece, officially licensed by Toei Animations. The card designs have been fully customized. Each suit has been skillfully infused with iconic elements of One Piece, allowing players to immerse themselves in the rich universe of the series. Each card has been crafted to capture unique details that pay homage to the world of One Piece, making these decks a cherished choice among fans of the series.
Each of the nine decks in this collection has been designed to represent a different member of the charismatic Straw Hat Pirates group, including Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Franky, and Brook. The essence of each character comes to life through monochromatic illustrations, providing fans of “One Piece” and card enthusiasts with a unique experience.
The One Piece Collection by Card Mafia comes in two editions: a classic version, featuring colorful tuck cases and embossed details, and a foiled version, exclusively available through their website. The metallic version boasts a premium case with embossing and foiled stock, adding a touch of luxury that reflects the significance of the collaboration. With a limited production of 1500 sets, this exclusive version becomes a coveted treasure for collectors and devoted fans.
The decks have been printed by Taiwan Playing Card Company, a guarantee of quality and professionalism. The legendary finish used in production provides a casino-quality feel that will undoubtedly enhance the gaming experience. Thus, design is combined with quality and playability in any situation, catering to fans, players, and collectors alike.
Card Mafia continues its creative adventure with many other truly exciting projects, which we hope to bring to you in the near future. Be sure to visit their website and subscribe to their newsletter to receive timely information about new releases, offers, and many other surprises.