Collective Art Project (CAP) Deck: Ultimate Deck by Stranger and Stranger

03 Sep

Stranger_and_Stranger_logoStranger & Stranger is an award winning packaging design and branding company specialising in alcoholic drinks. Since 1994 they have named, researched and registered wines and spirits brands worldwide. They have created bespoke and innovative bottle shapes, labels, closures and all secondary packaging.

To celebrate the year they broke out of their alcohol comfort zone and designed premium olive oils, fine foods, luxury luggage and other new stuff, they decided to create a deck of playing cards and a special set of such decks.

Dan_and_Dave_logoBut even Stranger and Stranger needed some wise support in this question. So they teamed up with the well known company Dan & Dave (The D&D Playing Card Co.) to be able to use their knowledge and experience in the field of playing card production. Dan & Dave agreed to help with the production and the distribution of the deck. There are several articles dedicated to playing cards produced by Dan & Dave on this blog. So you can find out more about D&D and their experience in the field of playing card production.

As a result of this collaboration, Ultimate Deck saw the light in 2013. The deck includes 54 different artworks. The main part of them makes the cards semi-transformation playing cards. The deck was printed by USPCC.

The deck: 52 playing cards with different artworks + 2 different Jokers + 2 information cards. Poker size.


The whole tuck case is covered with glossy embossed black elegant design elements. The back part of the tuck case repeats the front part of it.



There is an ambigram for the word “Stranger” in the middle of the front part of the tuck case made with silver ink. So you should twizzle the tuck case to be able to read the name of the company – Stranger [and] Stranger. Also you can find the name of this deck – Ultimate Deck – under the ambigram. There is flipped full name of the company above the ambigram.

The traditional bowl (the symbol of Stranger & Stranger) formed with silhouettes of two human faces looking at each other is also on the tuck case.

The acronym “NYC” to the left of the ambigram means New York City. The acronym “LDN” to the right of the ambigram means London. Both acronyms are used on the upper side of the tuck case with their decryption.


The tuck case has a custom seal. It imitates some kind of an old stamp which was used to indicate an excise tax long time ago (when decks of playing cards were excisable). Inscriptions on the seal: “Stranger & Stranger”, “14”, “1994”, “Dead Man’s Hand”, “New York”, “London”.


Inscriptions on the flap of the tuck case: “Limited Release”, “Stranger and Stranger”, “Vintage Cut No. 14”.


There are “The Marvels of the Odd Minded Await” on one side of the tuck case and “Relish the Experience of the Bewildered” on the other one.

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The bottom part of the tuck case is also full of designed elements. Inscriptions on it made with silver ink say “STRANGERANDSTRANGER.COM”, “Designed by Stranger & Stranger New York & London”, “Distributed by The D&D Playing Card Co. Hollywood, CA 90028”, “Made in USA”.


The whole tuck case is made of black paper so its internal part is also black. Only playing cards from the special double set of  them have gold edges (read and see more here).



This suit fully consists of semi-transformation playing cards.

The Ace of Spades – Agnieszka Szuba

The Two of Spades – Alex Machin


The Three of Spades – unspecified

The Four of Spades – unspecified


The Five of Spades – unspecified

The Six of Spades – unspecified


The Seven of Spades – Graham Evernden

The Eight of Spades – Alex Machin


The Nine of Spades – Benjamin Carr

The Ten of Spades – Alex Machin


The Jack of Spades – unspecified

The Queen of Spades – Alex Machin


The King of Spades – Lisel Ashlock



 This suit partly (the Two of Hearts) consists of semi-transformation playing cards.

The Ace of Hearts – Alex Machin

The Two of Hearts – Alex Machin


The Three of Hearts – unspecified

The Four of Hearts – Alicja Serwicka


The Five of Hearts – unspecified

The Six of Hearts – Alex Machin


The Seven of Hearts – Alex Machin

The Eight of Hearts – unspecified


The Nine of Hearts – unspecified

The Ten of Hearts – unspecified


The Jack of Hearts – Joseph Alessio

The Queen of Hearts – Sergio Memorillas


The King of Hearts – Alex Machin



This suitpartly (the Two and Three of Clubs) consists of semi-transformation playing cards.

The Ace of Clubs – unspecified

The Two of Clubs – Graham Evernden


The Three of Clubs – Benjamin Carr (a typographic playing card)

The Four of Clubs – Lisel Ashlock


The Five of Clubs – Alicja Serwicka

The Six of Clubs – Graham Evernden


The Seven of Clubs – Alicja Serwicka

The Eight of Clubs – Joseph Alessio


The Nine of Clubs – Agnieszka Szuba

The Ten of Clubs – Agnieszka Szuba


The Jack of Clubs – unspecified

The Queen of Clubs – Lisel Ashlock


The King of Clubs – Kristian Olson (there is a post on this blog dedicated to him)



This suit fully consists of semi-transformation playing cards.

The Ace of Diamonds – unspecified

The Two of Diamonds – Joseph Alessio


The Three of Diamonds – unspecified

The Four of Diamonds – a new interpretation of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt :)


The Five of Diamonds – Kristian Olson (there is a post on this blog dedicated to him)

The Six of Diamonds – unspecified


The Seven of Diamonds – unspecified

The Eight of Diamonds – Alex Gross


The Nine of Diamonds – Graham Evernden

The Ten of Diamonds – Alex Machin


The Jack of Diamonds – Lisel Ashlock

The Queen of Diamonds – Benjamin Carr


The King of Diamonds – Etienne Francois


Joker 1 – Alex Machin (rethinking of René Magritte :) )

Joker 2 – Agnieszka Szuba


The back design repeats the design of front and back parts of the tuck case. But it uses some unusual dark silver metallic ink with a bronze tint which gives an interesting effect. You can see silver or bronze colour depending of your viewing angle and the lighting.

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Information Cards


The first information card – text:

To celebrate the year we broke out of our alcohol comfort zone and designed premium olive oils, fine foods, luxury luggage and just plain crazy new stuff, we teamed up with the amazing Dan & Dave to create this, our Ultimate Deck


The second information card – text:

Spare mark your own card”.

Find the discount code on D&D’s playing cards


Other decks produced by the D&D Playing Card Co.:


  1. See other (Semi)Tansformation playing cards (Category: “(Semi)Transformation Playing Cards”);
  2. See other Collective Art Project (CAP) Decks (Category: “Collective Art Project (CAP) Deck”);
  3. See other playing cards printed by USPCC (Category: “USPCC”).


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