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22 November
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CLOCKWORK LA VILLE LUMIERE Playing Cards. Art Nouveau clock in motion

One of the most successful card designs by Stephen W. Brandt (Swabbed Decks) was the Clockwork Empire City deck. After its distribution a few days ago, the positive feedback on the result have led the artist to revisit the concept and launch a new campaign: CLOCKWORK LA VILLE LUMIERE. Produced under the new seal fig. 23, this deck offers a completely different illustration approach to its predecessor and is inspired by Art-Nouveau style. This modern vision of art in Europe (specifically in France)…

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07 October
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DAUSOS decks. Baltic mythology in 108 playing cards full of details

Lithuanian mythology calls Dausos the place where the gods dwell, the Heaven. It is this one, integrated into the set of Baltic mythologies, that inspires a new deck: DAUSOS. The versatile and talented Lithuanian designer Tautvydas Kaltenis is a restless artist interested in the complex history of his country, especially that one linked to legends and fantasy, full of myths common to many European peoples. Thus, with his work, Tautvydas wanted not only to make his own graphic interpretation of…

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04 October
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ALIS LUMINIS Playing Cards. The winged deck that emerges from nature

Ritu and Bivas are a lovely couple and a fantastic and creative work team based in India. Together they created Old Gravity to offer their customers high quality digital art and photo retouching services. Now they begin a venture in card design with ALIS LUMINIS. Nature, fantasy and mythology are just some of the sources of inspiration for this deck that involves the work of more than a year and a half of illustration work and thorough composition. The artist…

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29 September
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New decks by ART OF PLAY. The elegant tradition and freshness in playing cards design

ART OF PLAY has been offering along last month several new and amazing releases. Here you have three of the most interesting ones.   ACE FULTON’S CASINO: FEMME FATALE Since its creation in 2012 as a collaboration between Dan and Dave and illustrator Dan Phillips, Ace Fulton’s Casino decks have already become a classic by Art Of Play. There exist multiple editions and colors of this elegant deck with traditional vibes. Inspired by Las Vegas casino cards, Ace Fulton’s designs combine…

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27 September
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5th KINGDOM cards. The meeting point of the warriors from all places and all ages

After offering several interesting reproductions of mythical decks from the past, Will Roya (PlayingCardsDecks.com) strikes back in another collaboration with artists around the globe to offer us a completely customized deck with a legendary inspiration: 5TH KINGDOM. 5th Kingdom combines the most ancient history and culture with the fantasy of imaginary kingdoms involved in battles without truce. The Muscovite artist Maria Fedoseeva has worked for several years on the different illustrations for this deck, made with the precision and elegance of…

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23 September
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VIVALDI Playing Cards. If music could be painted it will be something like this deck

A redheaded and asthmatic priest became one of the greatest composers in history. Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was the inspiration of great artists like Händel or Bach. After dying, his work was consigned to oblivion until the early twentieth century rescued it thanks to the interest in baroque music. His legacy is broad, with almost 800 works, although among all, his musical ode to the world and life stands out: the Four Seasons. Now, Passione honors the great composer in VIVALDI…

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31 August
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New decks by ART OF PLAY. Cardistry, magic and collecting with awesome elegance

Summer and vacations are over in many countries and the return to reality, work, school, routine is inevitable… However, Max Playing Cards is here again to offer you a new installment of decks with quality , elegance and carefully design… three words always linked to a brand: ART OF PLAY. Since the latest news last Christmas, Art Of Play has launched many new decks in collaboration with different artists. Here are some examples that may interest you.   TOM’S TOWN…

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07 August
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CULTURAE ANIMALIS Playing Cards. A sustainable deck with deep cultural and artistic roots

Jack Brutus Penny is a nonsense writer, illustrator and English teacher based in Japan. His experience in the artistic world has led him to create written and printed works in which respect for nature is a common denominator. Jack leaps now  to the card design world with a completely original and different deck: CULTURAE ANIMALIS. This is one of those projects that you have to read slowly to be able to squeeze all its juice. The talent and the enormous…

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17 July
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DANCE OF DEATH Playing cards. A trilogy of monochromatic death

Hans Holbein the Younger was a German artist who masterfully commanded different expressions of pictorial art and printmaking. Known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century, one of his most controversial works, of which he even had to conceal his authorship, was the series called “Dance of Death”, 51 xylographies (woodcuts) showing medieval allegorical drawings with sarcastic allusions to the Church of the time. Inspired by these works, Sergey Kostyuchenko has launched the second campaign of an…

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05 May
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MASCHERATA cards. The deck that looks at us behind the mask.

Emmanuel Valtierra‘s designs have always been linked to an interesting interpretation of ancestral cultures and folklore. After Demonologie and Angelologie, he has just launched a third deck with some elements in common: MASCHERATA. MASCHERATA is inspired by old illustrations of masks and modern renaissance style disguises. The engraved hand-colored design style of the two previous decks is also present in this one.     The court cards are decorated with carefully chosen masks (female and male masks for queens and…