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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.
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?
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?
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chances are that nobody you know will spend $550 on a deck of playing cards, but that doesn’t make these cards any less cool. They’re individually silkscreened by Norman Ibarra onto the backs of discarded New York MetroCards.
The mythical Chinese and Hindu origin of the war between the Gods and the Asuras is beautifully portrayed in this 2500-deck limited edition design of Bicycle playing cards from Card Experiment. Uncut sheets here.
These playing cards made by the USPCC have been cut down to half the width of normal decks, so you can fit two of them in the space of a single deck. Great for double-deck Blackjack, natch. Available to order soon.
Dan and Dave collaborated with design agency Stranger & Stranger to create this gorgeous playing card deck. Each its 54 cards is a unique work of art. Comes packed in a cool embossed and foiled box, sealed with a retro tax stamp.
Want to make it rain a little harder at your Friday night poker games? Check out Jackson Robinson’s Federal 52, a good looking deck of cards inspired by the engravings on US bank notes and currency. (Thanks Greg!)
We already have moredecksofcards than a Vegas Blackjack table, but we’re going to have to grow our collection with these all-black PVC cards, decorated with creepy polygonal royals and a skeleton Joker.