This is a non standard deck issued by AllSaints, a British fashion retailer headquartered in Spitalfields, London, UK. The deck is discontinued and very hard to find. The cards have an all over slightly textured warm gray colour. The pips are customized and feature anatomically correct hearts, skull and bones in the clubs, a razor blade diamond, and a goat skull in the spades. The court designs are the same for each suit, except for colouring. The deck was issued without plastic wrap on box or cards.
A facsimile deck produced by Il Meneghello of Milan from the uncoloured original owned by Osvaldo Menegazzi in Italy. Though national suits were eventually developed German card makers were extremely inventive with their suit signs. Packs of cards used flowers, combs, fishes, crowns, bellows, frying pans, shields, knives, and the four suits of this deck: Books, Printer\'s Ink Pads, Wine Pots and Cups. This 52-card deck is one of the most significant works of Jost Amman, one of the more prolific wood cut artists of the German Renaissance. The courts are Kings on horseback, and the usual German Ober and Unter. On the 10s are women, perhaps borrowing from the 10s of Spanish packs which are sometimes female figures. The pips feature many illustrations of everyday life as associated with the suit of the card they are on. Placing detailed little pictures on the pip cards was common in German decks, often with a plant rising up in the background of the scene with the pips attached to it as though they were leaves or fruit of the plant. The cards are protected by the usual hand-made Meneghello book cover that ties with a ribbon at one side and has an inner card wrap. Card dimensions are true to the originals at: 6.8 cm x 10.9 cm.
Funded as a Kickstarter project on July 22, 2014 with $53,355 pledged from 756 backers, this was ultimately a set of 6 decks, some with custom cards and some tuck swaps, plus uncut sheets and varied non-deck add ons. Using the 1920s-30s mobster era as inspiration, this USPCC deck series consists of the Gold and Silver decks, later followed by limited edition Cotton Club and Stork Club decks (1,500 each) which were tuck swaps and finally the limited editions of Empire and Kingpin (1,250 each) which were fully different decks (face cards, backs and tuck). While the decks were designed, submitted and copyright 2014 they were not printed or delivered until early 2015. This PCDB Entry is for the Silver edition deck. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crookedkings/get-made-mob-themed-uspcc-bicycle-playing-card-dec/
Inspired by Russian Folklore and created by Natalia Silva, 359 backers pledged $9,684 in this KickStarter project on November 14, 2014. Cards were printed by USPCC with a planned run of apx. 2,500 decks, plus uncut format was available.
Piatnik’s elegant and refined “France Royale” Bridge playing cards depict named historical characters from France’s royal past, including Luis 14th, Richelieu, Marie de Medici, Talleyrand, Marie-Antoinette, Anna D’Autriche, François I, Marguerite de Navarra, Louis XIV, Henry IV, Louis XVI and others. The four decorative aces and joker reinforce the historical style.
Marshall McLuhan’s Distant Early Warning card deck was released in 1969 as part of McLuhan’s DEW-Line Newsletter (1968 to 1970). The card deck was intended to stimulate problem-solving and thinking, in a manner that later came to be known as thinking-outside-the-box. The cards were designed by McLuhan, his eldest son Eric, Harley Parker and George Thompson, long-time family friend and assistant to McLuhan at the Center for Culture and Technology. The deck perfectly reflects McLuhan’s vision of the artist in a time of rapid social and technological change: “I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it,” stated Marshall McLuhan in Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. The DEW Line was a real thing. Stretching 3,000 miles across arctic Canada, at approximately the 69th parallel, was a chain of 63 integrated radar and communication stations. Completed in 1957, during the height of the Cold War, the DEW Line was intended to provide advance warning of imminent air attacks on Canada and the United States.
For the more refined gentleman (or gentlewoman) we are also offering a beautiful Collectors Edition Pipmen deck featuring all of the creative designs of the original Pipmen series housed in a bold black tuckbox embellished with gold foil and intricate embossing with an all new back design.
Pipmen Collectors Edition Deck Features:
Bold gold foiled tuckbox.
Extensive intricate embossing accentuating the detailed figures on the box.
Unique and original Card back in the playful Pipmen style.
The 52 original incredible Pipmen designs including the 2 most popular Jokers.
Printed by Legends Playing Card Co. on the highest quality card stock
This special edition of the Masquerade playing cards has an exclusive printed tuck and is limited to 200 decks available within the Kickstarter campaign. The full run of this tuck was 1000. 800 Decks are being reserved for the JDRF-Central PA Chapter, a prestigious Gala that benefits individuals with Type-1 Diabetes. The event is being held in Hershey, PA on April 14th, 2018.
NOTE: The remaining 200 decks are all that will be available! Once they're gone...they're gone! Limited to ONE deck per pledge and WILL NOT be available as add-ons.