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17 April
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LUMINOSITY Playing Cards. Norse mythology and an epic story of the struggle between good and evil

Nordic mythology and artistic talent come together in the latest creation of  Jody Eklund (Black Ink Playing Cards): LUMINOSITY. With this deck, Jody completely changes his usual retro-engraved style based on more recent stories to create an allegorical fantasy world inspired by Nordic mythological characters who play their roles in an epic story of struggles between good and evil masterfully narrated by Ricky Cassford. The joining together of fantastic literature and beautiful illustrations produces a unique, completely customized deck, in which…

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16 April
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BICYCLE SUPREME LINE Playing Cards. A “rider back” deck with many secrets for magic and cardistry

Sometimes I receive questions from my readers about stocks and finishes used to print playing cards. Although a thorough analysis of this topic would require a much longer article, it is possible to learn important aspects by observing the features of new releases. A good example is the new release by Di Fatta Magic: BICYCLE SUPREME LINE deck. Its appearance is that of a standard Bicycle rider back deck, with the traditional tuck case in red and blue colors. However…

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11 April
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Bicycle cards Fanatical Labs. A promotional deck … a collector’s item

Although getting them sometimes becomes a real nightmare for the most serious collectors of Bicycle decks, it’s great to find companies from any sector that dare to create promotional decks that turn into great collectibles. This is the case of the BICYCLE FANATICAL LABS. Fanatical Labs is a company specialized in the creation of software and business tools. Their products make life easier for those who want to get more out of their business by creating the tech that turns a…

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08 April
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Apollo 11 Playing Cards. One giant leap for mankind

One of the most famous (and also controversial) space missions in history was Apollo 11. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first step of man on the moon and, to celebrate it, Robert Tomlinson (Barclay Mountain Co.) has launched a very special deck: APOLLO 11.     The deck gathers in its faces a complete collection of photographs, some of them extremely rare, taken from the NASA archives.     In addition to being a graphic tour through one…

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07 April
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CARDEMONIUM Playing Cards. A 666% evil deck

This is one of those occasions when Max Playing Cards recovers the essence of its creation many years ago. The passion for playing cards collection finds a special sense in those decks that have been created by the pure pleasure to create, outside of the market and the satisfaction of a growing and worrying escalation of speculation to which many (and almost always the “most important” ones) creators have ended up succumbing. There are people in the world whose talent…

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05 April
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VANITY and FARO Playing Cards. Limited reproductions of decks full of history

While we are faced with an explosion of new designs of all kinds, it is always enriching to learn a little more about the origin of playing cards through reproductions of old decks that have marked an era. Besides working tirelessly to spread designs from illustrators around the world through his own production, Will Roya has also committed to the playing card history. After the Bicycle Faro edition based on the designs of a s.XIX deck, he now offers us…

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29 March
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LUNAR AND ZODIAC: YEAR OF THE PIG Playing Cards. The first of an impressive and zodiacal series of decks

Last year, a passionate group of young creators called Nomads Playing Cards launched a deck inspired by constellations and astrology. Although the project ended unfunded, they did not rule out it but decided to do it even stronger. Now, they present the first deck of the series: LUNAR AND ZODIAC: YEAR OF THE PIG. This series takes as reference the relationship between the nomads of Xiongnu in ancient Mongolia and the well-known Chinese lunar calendar represented by 12 animals. In this…

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20 March
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EQUALITY and JUSTICE Playing Cards. The decks looking for the path to freedom

The representation of Iustitia, the Roman goddess heiress of the Greek Dice, has traditionally been linked to a woman holding a scale in one hand to symbolize the balance between truth and justice and a sword in the other hand to show the strength of its application. From the 15th century, a blindfold was added to the iconography to indicate that the justice must be impartial. With this inspiration, the artist John Cho and Passione Cards Team have created the EQUALITY…

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12 March
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TANK MASTERS Playing Cards. The armored deck of the World War II

Wars are the ultimate demonstration of human’s inability to solve a problem in a civilized manner but have also forged our history and unfortunately remain, for many citizens of the world, a frightening reality they live every day. We must not lose the opportunity to remember the horrors of war to prevent its recurrence. . Max (Max Playing Cards) The latest of the “big” wars, World War II, has been the inspiration for the talented Ukrainian artist, Sviatoslav Pashchuk (Agitcom) to create…

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08 March
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THE WONDERLAND and LOOKING GLASS Playing Cards. Classical illustrations from a classic of literature

After successfully producing his Halloween deck, the imaginative creator Stephen W. Brandt (Swabbed Decks) has decided to launch a project inspired by one of the most popular classics: THE WONDERLAND and LOOKING GLASS. This project stems from Stephen’s admiration for the illustrations of Lewis Carrol‘s classic books made by the well-known British cartoonist John Tenniel. Specifically, these two decks are based on two of these works: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”, made in the mid-nineteenth century….