Almost all Theory11’s playing cards (all printed by USPCC) have standard court and number cards with only custom The Aces of Spades, Jokers, back designs of playing cards and tuck cases. But tuck cases are really nice:
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Ordinary Edition (unlimited edition).
Due to a mistake in the printing there are 144 decks with gold lines instead white ones on the backs of the playing cards.
The 2nd run of the Ordinary Edition has smaller white edges on the backs of the playing cards and a seal:
Silver Monarchs [Silver Edition] (unlimited edition).
White Monarchs [Gold Edition] (limited edition).
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“Ripped from the pages of science fiction, the gears are turning, the steam is pumping, and the playing cards were finally born. We made the bronze paper from scratch in order to perfectly print the ink that covers its surface in 19th century Victorian machinery.
The boldly stamped, debossed elements cast shadows of illusion and create a perspective of depth and weight. The vents on top of the box invite you to take a look inside.
So unreal, it beckons you to stare at it’s seemingly infinite array of detail. Designed by Alex Beltechi (Romania) and constructed of 12 million 3D polygons. The Jokers are morphed into jet turbines of steel. The Ace of Spades is a window of opportunity to witness the gears of intricate beauty and complexity.
A joint creative collaboration between the United States Playing Card Company and theory11.“
Bicycle Steampunk: Ordinary (Bronze) Edition (unlimited edition).
There is also USPCC’s own edition of this (bronze) deck with some distinctive characteristics. The tuck case doesn’t have any embossing. Colours are different a little and… (Theory11 v. USPCC):
^ Many thanks to pokerstud52 for these comparative photos.
Bicycle Steampunk: Silver Edition (unlimited edition).
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“Inspired by mythology, crafted by hand, and ripped from the pages of legend, comes a new level of intricate design – the Archangel Playing Cards. A juxtaposition of good and evil, the Archangels illustrate an epic battle of angels and demons. A close look at the back design reveals a tale of two opposing forces. The angels on the left, and the demons on the right – locked into an eternal stalemate. Archangels contain original artwork on the box, back design, Joker, and the Ace of Spades. Never before seen debossed ridges provide a unique feel that compliment the gold foil across the face and sides of the playing card box.
Made in the USA at The United States Playing Card Company on top of the line quality papers, stock, and finish. Produced by theory11 and illustrated by Tom Lane in the United Kingdom.
Eco Friendly. Archangels are printed on FSC-certified paper derived from sustainable forests, using vegetable-based inks and starch-based laminates.”
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“Designed by StudioNumberONE, an iconic design studio founded by Shepard Fairey in the heart of Los Angeles. Produced by theory11. Unlimited edition.
Rebel Playing Cards feature a custom-designed box, back design, Ace of Spades, and Joker. The back design proudly features the United States Capitol Building, a timeless symbol of our nation’s united spirit of independence. For the first time in 50 years, Rebels feature a die-cut, tax-stamp sealwith frayed edges.
Across the card backs, the Latin phrase ”Et Lux In Tenebris Lucet” * surrounded the circular emblem. Light shines in the darkness.
REBELS are premium, high-end playing cards inspired by modern street art. They are extremely durable, with casino quality paper and Q1 quality standards.. Rebels are Made in the USA on FSC-Certified Paper derived from sustainable forests, using vegetable-based inks and starch-based laminates.”
* And light shines in the darkness.
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“Designed by Simon Frouws, these premium, luxury playing cards feature elegant gold foil hot stamped onto ultra-lux black paper derived from sustainable forests.
Artisan Playing Cards are produced at The United States Playing Card Company using FSC-certified papers derived from sustainable forests, vegetable-based inks and starch-based laminates. The result is a durable finish that respects the environment. Sealed with a red tax-stamp, vintage sticker seal marked with the exact month and year of print.”
Artisan Playing Cards: Black Edition (unlimited edition).
Artisan Playing Cards: White Edition (unlimited edition).
The combination of gold foil and white embossing a nice follower of the original Black Edition produced in December 2012. Poker size. Standard Bicycle court cards with recolouring.
Some other Theory11’s decks:
See other playing cards printed by USPCC (Category: USPCC).