Silent Film Quarterly reproduces the M.J. Moriarty series of silent film star playing cards from 1916!
In 1916, M.J. Moriarty's Movie Souvenir Card Company produced a series of playing cards featuring some of the era's biggest stars. Included were Mabel Normand, the Talmadge Sisters, May Allison, Harold Lockwood, and dozens more. The cards were beloved by moviegoers, who were eager to get their hands on any pieces of memorabilia they could that featured their favorite actors and actresses.
As the centennial of the cards' production nears, it seems the perfect time for them to be reproduced so that once again silent film fans can include them in their collection. Sourced from scans of the original cards, this reproduction will be printed on high-quality linen card paper and will come housed in a custom cardboard tuck box, inspired by the design of the original.
The back of the cards features an insert from Alexander Von Wagner's The Chariot Race, just as the original deck of cards did. The front of each card features a portrait of a silent film star (53 in total), with their name printed beneath the image.
Funded on Kickstarter Dec 12 2015 - Jan 11 2016 (30 days) by 133 backers
Originally offered by Spicy Pickle Creative as a KickStarter project in June 2014, with a failed relaunch shortly after, the rights and artwork were purchased by Albino Dragon. After 2 years of deliberation and almost being abandoned, it was finally successful in June 1016 with 272 backers who pledged $7,857. It was also offered in uncut form.
A Kickstarter project from Kings & Crooks and designed by Lee McKenzie. The base cards and uncuts were printed by USPCC, but the Limited Edition was printed by Legends Playing Card Company (LPPC) on their Classic Card stock and Diamond finish.
This is a limited edition deck (not sure how many were printed) printed by the USPC as a promo deck for a video game by Electronic Arts called "Oddworld Stranger's Wrath HD" that was released in 2012. This is a 100% custom deck with a smooth finish. There are two different "joker" cards, but in this deck they are called "Stranger" cards, which goes in line with the video game.
The indices and pips are custom modified, however they are easily readable and identifiable as to what they are. The pip layouts are custom for the 2 & 3 number cards, the pips are diagonal. Also the 6 & 7 number cards are custom (also diagonal). The pip layout for the 4, 5, 8, 9 & 10 number cards are standard.
Every Court card is unique and custom (they are characters from the game) and are a 1 way design.
The back design is a boarderless design, and is a subtle one way design due to the color on the edge being darker on top than the bottom.
Continuing from the Gothic inspired artwork of Italy comes Tenebre, Acqua & Verde Edition. Both decks will follow Rosso's lead and be printed by The Legends Playing Card Company. With less than 1,000 decks, of each edition, being available on kickstarter, Tenebre will continue to be a highly sought after deck.
"We are excited to print TENEBRE v.2, the sequel to the extremely popular TENEBRE ROSSO. We are printing on the same Diamond Finish card stock, which is extremely long lasting, stiff, and springy. Closely resembling the legendary Jerry's Nugget decks, our Diamond Finish lasts five times longer than standard brands, and our specialty cutting process yields ultra smooth edges that faro perfectly right out of the box. As with TENEBRE ROSSO, the combination of full bleed artwork yields gorgeous fans, with our paper stock resisting chipping, so you don't get those white spotted edges after handling your cards
The long anticipated evolution of the already legendary WhiteKnuckle decks released back in 2009 are finally available. These new much improved JPC (Jones Playing Cards) decks are the direct result of ten years of extensive, meticulous, and progressive development and refinement. Not only a must have for any serious card collection, but also a very real and viable alternative for any game player, card manipulator, or sleight of hand enthusiast looking for a new favorite regular deck.