X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More

Playing Cards

The Awesomer is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

Dynasty Playing Cards

Dynasty Playing Cards

These unique playing cards feature wonderful illustrations by designer Brendan Hong. Each image is a reflection of Hong’s own Chinese heritage, and the theme carries across the entire court of face cards, on the card backs, the box and its seal.

Math Magic

Math Magic

Vsauce talks about how cardists use patterns and probabilities to create long-winded tricks that seem to ensure a random outcome, even though what they’ve really done is the opposite. And then your eyes will glaze over as he explains that 52! is a large number.

Advertisement

Type Deck

Type Deck

The Type Deck replaces the typical fronts of playing cards with text descriptions of their values, each represented in beautiful, flowing typography. We love the Joker that includes all 26 letters of the English alphabet.

Floating Cards

Floating Cards

Zach Mueller shows off one of the most impressive acts of cardistry we’ve seen, as he manages to keep cards nearly stationary as his hands move around them, creating the illusion that the cards are floating. If the cards don’t mesmerize you, his intense gaze will.

Aviator Heritage Edition Playing Cards

Aviator Heritage Edition Playing Cards

Inspired by the classic playing cards which commemorated Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight, Dan & Dave’s very special edition pays to Howard Hughes and his aeronautical achievements. The back of each card features Hughes’ H-1 Racer soaring above the globe.

Gremlins Playing Cards

Gremlins Playing Cards

Play poker, go fish, spades or your favorite game with these official Gremlins playing cards, illustrated by Nat Iwata for Albino Dragon. Just keep them away from the sun, never get them wet, and never ever deal them after midnight.

TriKard Viridian Playing Cards

TriKard Viridian Playing Cards

Designer Ade Suryana’s exquisite playing cards feature a new spin on classic card designs, with intricate vintage-style green backs, a tapered look to its numbers and suit designs, and unique face cards.

Glitch 2.0 Playing Cards

Glitch 2.0 Playing Cards

Artist Soleil Zumbrunn du Midi sold out of her earlier glitch image playing cards, so she’s back with a new batch, with two different decks, each with their own unique box art, and designs that incorporate vibrant spot color inks.

Minim Playing Cards

Minim Playing Cards

Designed by Joe Doucet, these ultra-minimal regulation playing cards have done away with all but the most critical information, the card’s value and a geometric symbol for its suit. Available in white or black.

Cardistry: Black Belt

Cardistry: Black Belt

The slick and smooth cardistry of Fontaine Card’s founder Zach Mueller is especially impressive when played at 60 frames per second. He makes it look easy, but watch his tutorials to learn just how tricky these card flourishes really are.

NoMad Playing Cards

NoMad Playing Cards

Inspired by architectural elements of New York City’s NoMad Hotel, these gorgeous bespoke playing cards from Theory11 have a distressed look, and intricate line-art jokers. Each box is gold embossed and has a State of New York seal.

Cardistry: Air Time

Cardistry: Air Time

Huron Low, Kevin Ho and Daren Yeow of The Virts are back to show off their impressive card handling skills with Virtuoso’s new SS15 deck, with its vibrant and eyecatching color scheme. Sign up to get on the early bird order list.

The Goonies Playing Cards

The Goonies Playing Cards

Goonies never say die! After wrapping up a successful Kickstarter campaign, you can now buy Albino Dragon’s Goonies deck without the long wait. The face cards include Chunk, Mikey, One-Eyed Willie, Mouth, Sloth, Mama and more.

Advertisement

Fine Line Playing Cards

Fine Line Playing Cards

Created by Adam Farbiarz and Adam Thompson, each of these cards has an illustration which represents its value and suit. You’ll have as much fun trying to figure out what each cards as the card game you’re playing with them.

Gold Foil Playing Cards

Gold Foil Playing Cards

Not only are these plastic playing cards coated with 24-carat gold foil, but they’ve got an imprint of a Benjamin on the back of each card. Packed in a wood box with a “certificate of authenticity” for what it’s worth.

Wizard Wars: Impossible Card Trick

Wizard Wars: Impossible Card Trick

Justin Flom from Wizard Wars and Blake Vogt are taking it to the diner and doing a magnificent and mystifying card trick in this vid; seriously, we’ve watched this multiple times and just get lost right after 1:50. How did they do that?

Four Point Playing Cards

Four Point Playing Cards

San Francisco-based artist Ben Vierk is putting together a beautifully detailed pack of playing cards with designs inspired by money, ancient symbols and uncommon geometry. Who knew those things could be so gorgeous together?

X-Ray Playing Cards

X-Ray Playing Cards

Designed by Balance Wu for Molla Space, these PVC playing cards feature creepy X-ray skulls on front and back and allow light to pass through them without giving away the cards you’re holding to other players.

Black Light Playing Cards

Black Light Playing Cards

Next time you play a game of poker, turn the lights out and switch on some black light to play a game with Bicycle’s creepy but awesome Tragic Royalty playing cards, which glow eerily under ultraviolet light. (Image credit: Dex)

Red Deck of Cards

Red Deck of Cards

While it may take some time to get used to all four suits being printed in the same ink color, there’s no question that these playing cards are cool. These bright red cards are embellished on back with an equally sinister dragon.

Advertisement

Dia de Los Muertos Playing Cards

Dia de Los Muertos Playing Cards

The Edgy Brothers‘ Bicycle playing cards are inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead. Each face card is embellished with intricate skeletons. Let’s help them get to their $50k stretch goal so those awesome painted decks get made.

J.J. Abrams x Theory 11

J.J. Abrams x Theory 11

Inspired by a mysterious box that J.J. Abrams received from his grandpa, theory11 created this lock box from 100-year-old wood, its contents yours to discover – or swap with your own heirlooms. Proceeds benefit 826 National.

The Blind Card Shark

The Blind Card Shark

Richard Turner calls himself a “card mechanic” but at the end of the day, he’s an master of sleight of hand who can move cards around the deck to suit his whim without the benefit of sight. And yes, he has a son named “Ace of Spades.”

Explore Playing Cards

Explore Playing Cards

Created by Harris Soetikno, these beautifully illustrated playing cards let you take a journey around the world every time you shuffle. Each card is embellished with an image of one of 52 different cities and historic sites.

Carbon Fiber Playing Cards

Carbon Fiber Playing Cards

As is evidenced by its price tag, carbon fiber isn’t exactly an inexpensive material to work with. However, if you do buy Sly Kly’s badass playing cards, you’ll be treated to a deck that will probably outlast all of us. Choose matte or gloss.

Bruce Lee Playing Cards

Bruce Lee Playing Cards

Dan & Dave worked with Bruce Lee Enterprises to create this beautiful deck, each of which contains a philosophical quote from the martial arts master, as well as an intricate dragon motif on back. The Jokers? Lee himself in action.

Breaking Bad Playing Cards

Breaking Bad Playing Cards

These awesomely designed Breaking Bad playing cards are the start of Jeff Nichol’s project to create a full deck. He’s still got a ways to go but if the rest are as cool and appropriately illustrated as these we can’t wait to see the final result.

Utopia Playing Cards

Utopia Playing Cards

Another amazing deck from Card Experiment, these playing cards feature imagery inspired by a utopian world that descents into dystopia. The neo-futurist styling of Tarin Yuangtrakul’s cards, box design, and backstory remind us of Bioshock.

Density Playing Cards

Density Playing Cards

These beautiful playing cards were designed by Roni Lagin & Co. and feature imagery created from repeating and intersecting geometric patterns of spades, clubs, diamonds, and hearts. Available in decks or uncut press sheets.

Giveaway: Boxes of Awesome

Giveaway: Boxes of Awesome

Three lucky readers will each win two boxes of awesome stuff, Aces – for the perfect poker game, and Café – for fixing the best cuppa tea or coffee – both from Bespoke Post’s men’s “lifestyle upgrade” service. (Ends 9/24/13)

Pixar Playing Cards

Pixar Playing Cards

UK Illustrator Chris Anderson created this custom deck of cards inspired by the animated characters of Pixar’s films. Unfortunately, they’re just fan art and not in production, but we’d certainly buy a deck if they were.

ADVERTISEMENT

Use Arrow Keys ← → for Faster Navigation | Keyboard Shortcuts: OnOff

Home | About | Suggest | Contact | Team | Links | Privacy | Disclosure
Advertise | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Sites We Like

Awesome Stuff: The Awesomer | Gadgets, Games & Geeks: Technabob | Cool Cars: 95Octane
Site Design & Content © 2008-2019 Awesomer Media / The Awesomer™
Visit our Friends at: Not Always Right