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06 May
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EPHEMERID PRECIOUS METAL Playing cards. Letterpress technique at the service of creative beauty

A year ago, an exceptional person (both from a human and creative point of view) appeared on the card design scene. Although it was the very first playing cards project for  Fabien Barral (Mr. Cup), his experience in the field of design and crowdfunding was huge so the success of Ephemerid Playing Cards was epic with more than 1100 sponsors. Now, after fulfilling his first campaign, he has launched a new one: EPHEMERID PRECIOUS METAL. This campaign takes advantage of all…

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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…

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04 May
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CARDISTRY CLUB Playing Cards. Dozens of different decks for all cardistry fans

David Goldklang (Vanda Cards) has produced a good number of decks over the past few years. Now he is facing one of his most ambitious projects: CARDISTRY CLUB. With this name, an idea that goes far beyond a card project is presented. Starting from the exponential worldwide growth of the cardistry movement, David wants to create a new community around the playing cards design in which cardistry fans can have new and varied decks on a monthly basis and, at the…

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19 April
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BICYCLE LADYBUG cards. Small and lovely bugs are everywhere

A new and fresh deck breaks into the scenario of the cards: BICYCLE LADYBUG. This creation is the result of the collaboration between Will Roya (PlayingCardsDecks.com) with the artist Artur Rajch. The ladybug is undoubtedly one of the most endearing insects, always related to color and childhood. This time, the charming bug has been the inspiration for some amusing cards full of polka dots. The customization is complete in each and every one of the cards in which, obviously, red and…

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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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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…