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Archaios Muthos Playing Cards

Archaios Muthos Playing Cards

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.

Bicycle Brosmind’s Four Gangs Playing Cards

Bicycle Brosmind’s Four Gangs Playing Cards

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.

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MPC Fluorescent Playing Cards

MPC Fluorescent Playing Cards

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.

Playing Card Dominoes

Playing Card Dominoes

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.

Vampire Playing Cards (Western)

Vampire Playing Cards (Western)

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.

The Mandalorian Playing Cards

The Mandalorian Playing Cards

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.

DIY Layered Card Sculpture

DIY Layered Card Sculpture

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.

James Bond 007 Playing Cards

James Bond 007 Playing Cards

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.

Gin Rummy Cocktail Playing Cards

Gin Rummy Cocktail Playing Cards

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.

Pitch Black Playing Cards

Pitch Black Playing Cards

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.

Cyber Crisis Playing Cards

Cyber Crisis Playing Cards

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.

Unnatural History Playing Cards

Unnatural History Playing Cards

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.

Hummingbird Feathers Playing Cards

Hummingbird Feathers Playing Cards

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.

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Playing Arts Future Chapter 1 Cards

Playing Arts Future Chapter 1 Cards

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.

Federal 52 2nd Ed. Playing Cards

Federal 52 2nd Ed. Playing Cards

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.

The Gambler’s Holdout

The Gambler’s Holdout

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.

Richard McGuire’s Playing Cards

Richard McGuire’s Playing Cards

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.

Neon Orange Cardistry Cards

Neon Orange Cardistry Cards

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.

Circuit Playing Cards

Circuit Playing Cards

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.

General Admission Playing Cards

General Admission Playing Cards

Inspired by the look of vintage ticket stubs, designer Jackson Robinson’s playing cards for Kings Wild Project definitely stand out from the crowd. Each card is splashed with a patchwork of colors and halftone patterns, while the court cards feature full-body images of the royal crew. Also available in a special limited edition.

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Instant Noodles Playing Cards

Instant Noodles Playing Cards

This playful deck of cards is perfect for lovers of instant ramen. Each deck comes packed in a resealable bag inspired by the cheap but tasty dormroom staple, while the cards themselves have a noodle pattern on back and on the suit symbols. Look closely and you’ll see the court slurping some ramen too.

Postage Paid Playing Cards

Postage Paid Playing Cards

Specialty playing card maker Kings Wild Project designed this deck that’s inspired by the look of vintage mail and postage stamps. Even the tuck box looks like an envelope. We missed out on the limited edition, but the standard edition is still a fantastic looking deck.

The Photography Deck

The Photography Deck

This unique deck of playing cards isn’t just fun and games, it’s packed with useful knowledge about photography. Each suit is dedicated to a theme: Spades are camera basics, Hearts are composition, Clubs are technical, and Diamonds are shooting styles. They come with a black back, or a limited-edition Kickstarter green.

Blueprint Playing Cards

Blueprint Playing Cards

Designed by Enrica Martiné, these unique playing cards feature imagery inspired by the traditional mechanical drawing style of blueprints. Each card is printed in an indigo blue with fine white line art, while the face cards, backs, and boxes will have accents of metallic silver ink thanks to already reaching a stretch goal.

Aqua Deck Invisible Playing Cards

Aqua Deck Invisible Playing Cards

MakePlayingCards is showing off a truly unique deck of cards that you can see through. The waterproof plastic cards feature a high-gloss transparent print that produce an embossed effect. Since you can see their values through their backs, you wouldn’t want to play poker with them, but they’re beautiful for cardistry.

Edo Karuta Playing Cards

Edo Karuta Playing Cards

Flagrant Agenda teamed up with artist MILTZ to create this stunning deck of cards inspired by the Japanese Edo period. The court cards include famed shogun and other key figures of the period, Aces have seasonal haiku, and symbology abounds. They come in four versions, and you can add on custom minted coins.

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