We’re suckers for electromechanical displays like those airport boards and flip clocks. Maker Shinsaku Hiura created an unusual take on the idea by replacing the usual digits with numbered playing cards. Mechanically, it works like other flip clocks, but this one shows the time on top and the bottom half displays card backs.
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Not to be confused with the game of the same name, Joker and the Thief’s trippy playing cards are a nod to 1960’s psychedelia. Each cardback and face card is illustrated with the kind of artwork you might find on a vintage Grateful Dead concert poster. Choose from Standard or Art of Play editions.
Celebrate the true King of Rock and Roll with these appropriately bold and colorful playing cards from Theory11. The card backs and tuck box are embellished with gold records and the face cards celebrate Elvis posing as both King and Ace in his most flamboyant outfits in tones of gold, pink, and black.
Who says playing cards need to be rectangular? Home Run Games sure doesn’t. Their unique 3-sided cards feature unusual arrangements of symbols and court images, adapted to fit into the triangular constraints. They’re printed on casino-grade linen paper and come in red, blue, or a special limited-edition.
Kings Wild Project presents another fantastic deck illustrated by Jackson Robinson. These cards feature intricate illustrations inspired by the 10-year battles of the gods in Homer’s epic 15,693-line poem, The Iliad. Available in Standard, Limited, and Gilded editions, along with uncut sheets for framing.
HypieLab’s deck features images inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West (西遊記). The cards have illustrations by artist Sin Yee Lam, based on mythical characters like the Monkey King and Pigsy. A premium edition is printed on black core casino stock, and they’re also making Wukong coins and a skinny Go deck.
This 1st Edition deck from 52Kards features a mesmerizing optical illusion on the back that produces a sense of depth as you move them, making them perfect for showing off your cardistry moves. The symbols and face card designs echo the wavy line design, and they come packed in a matching tuck box.
An unidentified performer shows off their skills at cardistry and sleight of hand using a deck of special Blue Checkerboard playing cards. While anyone can get their hands on a similar Svengali deck, we doubt that most of us could handle it with the skill and smoothness of this magician.
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.
Think you’re a card shark? Toot your own horn with Knock Knock’s 52 Farts by cutting the deck (or the cheese) and dealing an air biscuit, butt bazooka, heinie hiccup, or tushy tickler. Each card defines a different slang term to help you know when to hold ‘em and when to let ‘em rip.
Titas Zanders of RRW Studios created this modern and minimal deck of cards with a chilly winter theme. Limited to just 100 decks, each card features crisp shapes illustrated in gradients of ice blue, white, and grey. Printed on crushed linen with a smooth Air-Cushion finish by Cartamundi.
After serving up some tasty ketchup and french fries playing cards, designer Rich Li is back with another duo of delicacies to deal at your next poker game. Popcorn and cola-inspired graphics cover the card backs and box art, while the royal court is chowing down on these everyday junk foods. Kickstarter ends 12.12.21.
Designer Steven Harrison updated one of his classic Riffle Shuffle decks with a fresh color scheme and line work. Each court card is illustrated with a royal skeleton in shades of blue, teal, and gold. The number cards have a cool 3D look to their shapes, while the card backs feature a vortex of skulls and colorful swirls.
Official Día de los Muertos celebrations took place in early November, but with this deck of cards, you can pay tribute to those who came before us any time. Artist Brad Fulton, Illustrator Jeff Trish, and Art of Play created these fantastic playing cards featuring a heaping helping of skulls and skeletons living their best afterlives.
Art of Play teamed up with artist Ellen Litwiller and biologist David G. Haskell to create this unique deck of cards. Each card invites you into the forest with imagery of animals and plant life that thrive in the woods – each suit stirring one of our four senses. A portion of proceeds supports education and conservation.
Theory11 presents a smooth and sophisticated 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.
While it’s not as powerful or accurate as Mark Rober’s motorized playing card thrower, Brick Experiment Channel’s version is still pretty sweet, and was built entirely using LEGO components, giving it double the geek cred. Now we want him to build a version that fires cash… or minifigs.
Artist Michael “Komboh” Mateyko created these unique playing cards that celebrate jazz music. Each card features dynamic illustrations and hand-drawn numbering inspired by the improvisational style of jazz greats like Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. Printed by the USPCC on custom thin card stock.
Just in time for Halloween, artist Chet Phillips has released a spooktacular deck of cards, each illustrated with a playfully creepy creature. The monstrous deck includes four trick-or-treat inspired Wild cards, including a possessed candy corn, a batty Tootsie Roll, a bad caramel apple, and a cupcake straight out of The Thing.
Stellar Factory’s imaginative deck of cards takes us inside a top-secret facility run by robots. The face cards are illustrated with robots performing tasks like testing games and printing playing cards, while the rest of the deck is embellished with binary code and circuit traces.
Kings Wild Project created a reproduction of the very first deck they ever designed, with a small upgrade – larger, easier-to-read index numbers and letters. The OG Federal 52 deck features faces and backs with intricately engraved designs inspired by U.S. currency. It comes in a handsome tuck box with green foil accents.
Riffle Shuffle’s tasty decks celebrate our love of two junk food staples. Designed by Rich Li, the Ketchup deck is embellished with tomatoes throughout, while the Fry deck is all about potatoes, and comes packaged in a tuck box that looks like a pack of fast food fries. Each deck is limited to 2500 pieces.