Nintendo started out making playing cards, so it makes sense that they might occasionally dip their toe back in those waters. This official deck features images inspired by the game levels in various Super Mario games. Apparently, they’re a little thin compared to regular playing cards, so they’re best as a collector’s item.
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Theory11 is back with another great Disney collab, this time taking on Marvel’s Avengers. The deck has court cards based on The Avengers themselves, while the card backs are adorned with their symbols, along with powerful objects like the Infinity Gauntlet and the Tesseract. Of course, Thanos is the Joker.
Following up on his Instant Noodle cards, magician Bao Hoang turns to another tasty treat as a source of inspiration: brown sugar bubble tea. The cards are decorated in soothing shades of brown and beige, decked out with tapioca pearls and playful court card illustrations incorporating the refreshing Taiwanese beverage.
Kings Wild Project’s money-inspired playing cards features intricate drawings that look like banknote engravings. Artist Jackson Robinson’s imagery is embellished with a foil printing technique that gives this deck and its box a shimmery holographic effect that mimics the anti-counterfeiting tech used in modern paper currency.
Artist Chet Phillips managed to incorporate three pastimes into one with this deck of cards: baseball, monster movies, and of course poker. The deck features 58 original illustrations of baseball-playing Kaiju from the Godzilla and Ultraman worlds, playing in the Demon Monster League. A limited-edition comes with a custom card box.
Designed by Jirs Huygen for Copag, these premium playing cards are great for magic, cardistry, or just playing a game of poker. They feature a black background with inverse fine line art in white or red ink, along with a skull motif throughout. The True Linen B9 finish is designed for smooth handling and longevity.
Created by CardCutz, this limited-edition deck is illustrated with a bold and modern art style, in which images seem to be moving between real and imaginary worlds. The cards are decorated in shades of pink and blue, with original court and suit imagery and an abstract back design.
Artist Nadine Sophie designed and illustrated this impressive deck of cards which features images inspired by the gods and monsters of Greek mythology. The cards feature a bold monochromatic look, which brings out all of the light and shadow in Nadine’s detailed imagery. That Cerberus 3-headed dog is badass.
Spanish design studio Brosmind created these vibrant and trippy modern art playing cards for Bicycle. Each of the 56 cards features the artists’ abstract and imaginative characters, representing four colorful street gangs. They also have smiley face suit markers and brick wall backs.
Make Playing Cards is showing off a sweet new deck printed with neon inks that intensify under ultraviolet light. Their matching tuck case also glows brightly under black light. Limited to 5000 decks, along with special multi-deck “brick” packaging and an uncut sheet that would look awesome framed and illuminated.
Usually, domino displays are made with dominoes. But this Douyin (TikTok China) member prefers to build structures using bent playing cards. This compilation video from Animal Lover shows off a bunch of these amazing card displays being knocked over. The spiral that starts around 6:18 is really something special.
HypieLab’s second of a 2-deck series of cards inspired by vampires. This deck focuses on vampires from Western culture – the first was all Eastern vampires. The manga-style characters are based on those in pop culture, myths, and legends. The cards will come in four editions: Blood, Darkness, Secret, and Torpor.
Premium playing card brand Theory11 teamed up with Lucasfilm for another official Star Wars-inspired deck. It features Beskar silver, black, and red foil packaging, Mandalorian helmet back art, and custom court cards with characters from the series, including Mando, Cara Dune, and IG-11. Of course, Grogu is the Ace of Spades.
Artist Andy Elliot shows of an interesting craft technique that anyone can do using a couple of decks of cards, glue, a straight edge, and a hobby knife. By cutting out abstract shapes in each card, then layering them together, he ends up with a unique work of 3-dimensional art. If you’re really fancy, you could always try this.
Theory11 presents an elegant deck of cards inspired by the world’s greatest secret agent. The cards and their embossed box feature a black and gold foil color scheme with intricate details such as Secret Service emblems, and court cards carrying iconic Bond weapons and gadgets.
We’re not sure why it took so long for someone to realize that gin was a natural subject for an illustrated deck of playing cards. Featuring 40 bottles of gin from around the world and 12 gin-based cocktails, these cards are perfect for playing Gin Rummy or any other card game… especially at cocktail hour.
Bazaardodo teamed up with nine great cyberpunk artists to create these neon-tinged playing cards. Its decks represent two factions: Wasteland Rebels and Elysion Technology, with character portrait face cards and honeycomb pattern number cards. A special edition Collection deck features hot foil stamping and UV effects.
Artist Chet Phillips expresses his askew world view with a wink and detailed renderings of creepy creatures from pop culture and literature. His limited-edition playing cards feature 58 illustrations of characters from Cthulhu to “The Muppets”’ Animal. Half the fun is how Phillips IDs the critters with pseudo-Latin names.
Marvelous Decks‘ created this colorful deck inspired by our tiny feathered friends. Holographic foil can be found throughout the deck, while the tuck case adds sculpted embossing and multiple foils for added effect. Available in red, blue, or purple. The gilded three-pack is extra special. Pre-orders start shipping 1.2021.
Inspired by an early 20th-century project in which artists predicted the future, Playing Arts invited dozens of artists to do the same for the year 2120. The unique and colorful images come printed on premium playing cards and work in concert with an augmented reality app to bring some of the designs to life. View all card designs here.
This updated version of Jackson Robinson’s currency-inspired Federal 52 playing cards includes a mix of the artist’s favorite court card designs and artwork from previous special edition decks. We absolutely love the engraved look of the imagery, which includes Jokers that form a scene of Washington crossing the Delaware.
Chris Ramsay spends most of his time checking out the world’s most beautiful and complex puzzles. But in this clip, he takes a moment to get up close with a century-old Gambler’s Holdout, a device used to cheat in card games by hiding extra cards up the cheater’s sleeve.
Artist Richard McGuire designed this unique deck of playing cards, featuring minimalistic, yet expressive illustrations on every card’s front. When viewed in numeric sequence, each suit’s story plays out, with tales of love, money, work, and war. Comes packed in a metal storage tin.
From Bicycle’s Cardistry collection comes a deck with vibrant orange backs and fronts, accented with bold geometric patterns. The non-standard card faces have no pips or numbers, making them great for showing off your flourishes, though useless for playing poker. Their Air-Cushion finish is designed for smooth shuffling.
Elephant’s playing card tech-decks feature custom illustrated fronts and backs inspired by the intricate traces on printed circuit boards. They come in blue, green, white, or our favorite, a premium edition with two-tone foil on its box, and gold and silver metallic inks.