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25 January
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TRIORA Playing Cards. The story of a bloody witch hunt

Following the success of his first project, Enuma, Claude Davi (Nemesis Factory) launches his second campaign: TRIORA. Triora is a charming Italian village with less than 500 inhabitants, due to a strong depopulation after its destruction in World War II. In the 16th century it was the scene of a bloody story. Scourged by the plague and a terrible famine, which today is sensed was caused by the landowners of the time, the inhabitants of the region, unable to find…

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14 January
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SOVEREIGN Playing Cards. Elegance that measures up to the European royalty

After the resounding success of Luminosity, Jody Eklund (Black Ink Playing Cards) shows his great versatility as a designer in his new campaign: SOVEREIGN. Classically inspired, these decks combine a refined design style full of details and profusely decorated with casual, colorful and emotion-filled illustrations. Two editions have been created with a change of color, blue and red, in the tuck case and the back.     The tuck cases are works of art with gold foil and embossing in an…

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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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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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23 October
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“DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER” and MONGOL EMPIRE decks. Genghis Khan comes back to 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. This civilization has seldom served as an inspiration for the creation of contemporary cards, and yet at this moment we can find two projects that, although from different artists, have this common theme.   DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER Under this shocking name we find a deck of superb design, full of elegant details and…

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11 August
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CHAO Playing Cards. Inspired by China, printed in China

Among the oldest civilizations, China is undoubtedly one of the historically richest. Its thousands of years have lived different times, from the first dynasties to the most contemporary history. Chinese culture has served as  inspiration for many playing cards but this time Make Playing Cards, one of the most important Chinese card printers in the world, offers us an interesting creation: CHAO. Make Playing Cards is already a reference in the playing cards printing and design as they have produced thousands…

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28 June
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THE KELLY GANG deck. Outlandish Playing Cards very easy to catch

The stories about bandits have always been exciting and, even despite being outlaws persecuted for justice, many of them have become legendary heroes. This is the case of Ned Kelly and his gang that now receive a tribute in the form of a deck of cards: THE KELLY GANG. Son of an Irish father, a convict transferred to the British colony of Victoria (Australia) in the mid-nineteenth century, Ned Kelly grew up with an indelible idea about rebellion against the English…

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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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07 May
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BICYCLE HOMETOWN Series. Playing cards to preserve the historical memory of the United States

Robert Tomlinson (Barclay Mountain Co.) is one of those men true to their roots. His work as a playing cards creator has brought us along last years many historical references from the United States, especially through their conflicts through the Unrest series. Over the past few years, Robert has been working very hard to preserve his memory and local history, infecting his love and patriotic pride to all those around him. For this, Robert has collected the interest from the…

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09 January
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BICYCLE DIVIDE OF A NATION Playing Cards. Political conspiracies and hidden treasures

The history of the United States is full of secrets, mysteries and conspiracies. If there is an expert in converting that part of the history into playing cards, it is precisely Robert Tomlinson (Barclay Mountain Co.). After his success with Rise of a Nation, which opened the Decoded History series and talked about the secrets behind the creation of the United States and the important role of Freemasonry in that process, Robert launches the second deck of the series: DIVIDE…