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Playing Cards

Illusion d’Optique Playing Cards

Illusion d’Optique Playing Cards
$18  Buy Comment

Each of the 54 cards in designer Gianni Sarcone’s deck features an original illustration that will mess with your mind. Each image combines the card’s value and suit with a trippy optical illusion. The set comes packed in a rainbow-sheen holographic tuck case.

Harmony Collection Playing Cards

Harmony Collection Playing Cards
$15 ea.  Buy Comment

A series of four unique decks designed by award winning artist Mauro Martins, featuring modern and lighthearted imagery of sea, land, air, and space. For each deck sold, seller Art of Play will plant a tree.

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Creature Comfort Playing Cards

Creature Comfort Playing Cards
$16  Buy Comment

Each of Calamityware’s whimsical playing cards is decked out with imagery of creepy, crawly, and occasionally cute creatures. Each of the face cards features strange and wonderful monster chowing down on its favorite snack food, and their backs are loaded with critters.

Mono-X Playing Cards

Mono-X Playing Cards
$10  Buy Comment

Designer Luke Wadey’s playing cards are strictly black and white, and shaded with a linear halftone design that gives them a greyscale look. The pattern on their backs makes them especially cool for for cardistry flourishes.

Card Machine Gun vs. Card Thrower

Card Machine Gun vs. Card Thrower

Mark Rober built a gun that can fire playing cards at a rapid rate. He then challenged Rick Smith Jr., the world’s best card thrower, to determine which one can fire cards faster and more accurately. Who wins? Man or machine?

Music Genius Playing Cards

Music Genius Playing Cards
$10  Buy Comment

The perfect gift for music lovers of all types. Each of its cards features an image of a famous musician by artist Rik Lee. Pop = Hearts; Rock ‘n’ Roll = Spades; Folk & Country = Diamonds; Soul, Blues & R&B = Clubs. There’s also a version for art lovers by Rebecca Clarke.

Anonym Playing Cards

Anonym Playing Cards

Card Rebels‘ custom deck gives us insight into what life is like on the other side for the royal court. Each face card and Joker in the unique deck features an image of the back of its subject instead of its front. Available in Royal Red or Imperial Blue designs.

Learning to Card Spring

Learning to Card Spring

Serial learner Mike Boyd received a challenge from trickster Chris Ramsay. It seems such a simple and non-essential move, but card springing, where you pop out playing cards from one hand to the other in a controlled spray, is actually a very difficult trick to pick up.

Into the Weird Playing Cards

Into the Weird Playing Cards
$15  Buy Comment

Art of Play’s limited edition deck features imagery by illustrator Jenny Gebhardt, who provided each of its 54 cards with a uniquely warped and twisted character or scene. Printed by the U.S. Playing Card Co.

Deal: Air Deck 2-Pack

Deal: Air Deck 2-Pack
$14  Buy Comment

Always be ready to play with these unique, compact decks of cards. Each card is made from durable PVC, so its flexible and waterproof. Get a deck for 21% off the regular price in The Awesomer Shop.

Kevlar Playing Cards

Kevlar Playing Cards
$175  Buy Comment

SlyKly’s very special playing cards are made by cutting them one at a time from a sheet Kevlar – the same tough material used in bulletproof vests. While an individual card won’t stop a bullet, a stack of 10 or 12 of them can perform that feat without a problem.

4-Blade Card Cutting

4-Blade Card Cutting

(PG-13: language) After wowing us with some epic card cutting action, the Hydraulic Press Channel doubled down and doubled the number of cutting blades on its Guillotine 5,000,000 – so now the playing cards go flying in all directions.

Turbo Cardistry

Turbo Cardistry

Cardistry expert Noel Heath shows off his skills with some sick maneuvers using a sweet minimal deck from anyone. The way he deftly manipulates the cards, it’s as if he’s got fingertips which can spontaneously switch between sticky and smooth surfaces.

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Deal: Font Deck Playing Cards

Deal: Font Deck Playing Cards
$15  Buy Comment

Play poker in style and learn a bit about typography, fonts, and design with this sweet deck from Forrest Goods. Learn the fascinating history of typography, and the real effect that fonts play in our daily lives. Grab a deck for 25% off in The Awesomer Shop.

Antler Playing Cards

Antler Playing Cards
$12  Buy Comment

Dan & Dave’s nature inspired playing cards are adorned with a duo of noble bucks and woodsy flourishes on back, and their face cards are printed with warm sepiatone colors. Comes packed in a premium cardstock box with foil accents and embossing.

Virtuoso: RISE

Virtuoso: RISE

A stunning display of cardistry talent, brought to life by thevirts to show off their FW17 playing card deck. While it’s clear they used slow motion and time-bending techniques, no CGI or strings were used in the making of the clip.

SNL Playing Cards

SNL Playing Cards
$10  Buy Comment

Theory11 presents a unique deck of cards inspired by classic moments from Saturday Night Live. The deck features an art deco style closely associated with NBC’s Studio 8H and Rockefeller Center. We love that they included Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet.

Sumi Playing Cards

Sumi Playing Cards
~$15+  Pledge Comment

Card Experiment teamed up with illustrator ToK to create a beautiful deck of playing cards inspired by traditional Japanese tattoo art. The precise and dramatic artwork incorporates stylistic elements of ukiyo-e, blending images of mythical creatures and nature.

Gorilla Deck Playing Cards

Gorilla Deck Playing Cards
$10  Buy Comment

Albino Dragon’s badass deck of cards features court cards with awesome illustrations of gorillas by artist David Edgerly. The decks were printed in limited quantities, but you can still snag one if you move fast.

Rainbow Playing Cards

Rainbow Playing Cards
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Brooklyn designers Fredericks & Mae created this colorful deck of cards, which features a different shade on each of its cards. When sorted in order, they create a spectrum of color. Each deck includes a mini booklet about the history of playing cards.

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3D Card Star

3D Card Star
$10  Buy Comment

A unique and puzzling desk sculpture you can build from a dozen pre-cut playing cards to form a 5.5″ tall starburst. Professor George W. Hart figured out the geometry to make it work. Learn more about his mathemagical card sculptures here.

BV Cargo Master Playing Cards

BV Cargo Master Playing Cards
$60/set of 4 decks  Buy Comment

Brain Vessel Cargo’s fantastically illustrated playing cards feature a series of intricate nautical images, including pirate ship captains, ships, and sea creatures. When placed side by side, the special set of four decks forms an epic battle scene at sea.

Odd Bods Playing Cards

Odd Bods Playing Cards
$15  Buy Comment

Illustrator Jonathan Burton’s weird and wonderful playing cards feature whimsical images of royalty with strange personal quirks and unusual body shapes. Our personal fave is the King with the duckie pool float and the balloon.

Explorers Playing Cards

Explorers Playing Cards
$12+  Pledge Comment

Card Experiment’s latest Bicycle deck features truly awesome fantasy illustrations based on a story about space exploration and our first contact with alien species. Be sure to grab both the Domination and Revelation variant decks.

Bicycle 8-Bit Playing Cards

Bicycle 8-Bit Playing Cards
$12  Buy Comment

We love the primitive pixel art on these playing cards, created in homage to 1980s video game systems and computers. The face cards are particularly awesome, but this is a case where even the numbered cards keep with the theme. Available in blue or red packs.

Dystopia Playing Cards

Dystopia Playing Cards
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Joker and the Thief’s latest playing cards are inspired by the post-apocalyptic, fuel-obsessed future of Mad Max. Each face card and joker features intricate hand-illustrated designs, and the card backs portray a massive V8 engine as the false god of their dystopian universe.

A Day at the Races Playing Cards

A Day at the Races Playing Cards
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Designer Kevin Finn’s equine playing cards feature abstract line-art images of horses, with jockeys as the jokers. The images shown here are just design prototypes. The finished cards will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company, with gold metallic details.

Cardistry Loops

Cardistry Loops

Bas John has been posting some nifty video loops of cardistry experts on his Instagram channel. He recently gathered them up into a single clip, packing a bunch of mesmerizing card manipulations into a 45-second video. The track is The Anthem by Onra.

Slow-Mo Guys x Hydraulic Press

Slow-Mo Guys x Hydraulic Press

Ever since the Hydraulic Press Channel broke big, people have been clamoring for a Slow-Mo Guys collab. While that has yet to happen, Gav and Dan headed to a machine shop with their high-speed camera and exploded a deck of playing cards at 28,500 fps.

Contours Playing Cards

Contours Playing Cards

Designer Olly Swinyard’s playing cards feature intricate line art drawings, which carry across not just on the face cards, but on each and every diamond, spade, club, and heart. Tiny details on the face cards reveal secrets of love and betrayal between the courts.

Impressions Stealth Playing Cards

Impressions Stealth Playing Cards
$12  Buy Comment

A very cool deck of heavy linen playing cards which feature black faces with thick, raised UV ink to give each card dimension and texture. Also available in “phantom” white on white.

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