This deck was made by Carta Mundi, in Belgiium, for the Netherlands beer brewery Heineken. It advertises their world famous domestic beer. Beer glasses on the aces and a beautiful standard Dutch pattern for the courts.
Every society has a story rooted in its most ancient traditions, of how the earth and sky originated. Most of these stories attribute the origin of all things to a Creator - whether God, Element or Idea.
The ancient Greeks had a great variety of myths relating to the history of the world. Although they all shared a language and a culture, each village, each tribe had its own beliefs, its own version of the Creation story and its own gods who were responsible for cosmic order. Hesiod's Theogony (8th-7th century BC) was the first attempt to synthesize these traditions, which probably dated back to the Assyrian and Babylonian civilizations.
In recounting the stages in the emergence of the gods from primordial chaos, Theogony offered an answer to the eternal questions of cosmogony: who created the world; what were the basic materials from which it was made; which came first, the gods, the stars or the elements? Not only did Theogony have a strong influence on Greek thought, it also anticipated in some ways today's theories of the origin of the world, particularly the idea of primordial chaos.
Primordial playing cards by Costa Pantazis and designed by Charles Adi (Blackout Brother) are based on this idea. The primordial deities are the first gods and goddesses born from the void of Chaos who formed the very fabric of the universe, were known as the Protogenoi (protos meaning "first," and genos "born").
Primordial Playing Cards (Chaos Deck) Limited Edition
Limited Ruby Red Gilded Edition - Only 500 Available
56 Custom Playing Cards
Manufactured on Premium Playing Card Stock
Foil and Embossing on Tuck Boxes
Metallic Red inks on back of cards
Interior Tuck Print Design
Numbered Seals (001/500)
Printed in the USA by USPCC
The inspiration for this deck comes from the design on boxes of premium cigars, beautiful, colorful, intricate artwork that goes perfectly with the downright dapperness of smoking a cigar. A cigar band with embossed, gold foil accents wraps around the tuck case. The court cards are inspired by some of the older European designs of playing cards to add to the premium look and feel. This is a Limited Edition deck that is available exclusively to Club 808 Members. The seal on the top of the tuck is a Club 808 seal showing the production quantity of 5,000 decks. Maximum of 24 decks per member.
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.