Today No Name Playing Cards make the headlines on this blog. I was able to get it from JP Playing Cards (find a 10% discount below). This is quite a mysterious deck of playing cards because it’s hard to find a lot of information about it.
In accordance with the press release walking Internet, this is the deck produced by Mloong Magic (China) in cooperation with Cards Dancing. The last one is the biggest Chinese association (more than 1500 members in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong) for the study of card tricks after Finger Dance. They produced the deck in April 2012.
The deck: 52 playing card + 2 slightly different Jokers + 1 blank card + 1 double backer. Poker size. 2500 decks were printed by USPCC (presumably Bicycle stock, Air-Cushion finish). Playing cards have custom pips and indices. Court cards are quite seriously redesigned Arrco standard court cards. The pictures of the tuck case are clickable:
The tuck case has a strange design. The bottom part of its front shows half the pattern from the backs of these playing cards and looks nice. The center of the front is really boring. There are only four different pips on it. The upper part of its front is simple but elegant and nicely joined with the bottom one. But the name of this deck doesn’t look and sound nice. I have to think that this name is a joke. There are a lot of “no name” manufacturers in China producing fake branded goods. So I can assume that the name has some connection with the fact. So the world-famous American playing card manufacturer printed “no name” product as well.
The back of the tuck case is the simplified design of the backs of playing cards. I can’t say it looks bad. But it looks worse than the backs of playing cards.
Sides of the tuck case are normal. “The United States Playing Card Company” is indicated on one side of the tuck case and the mysterious inscription “No. Name ♠ ♥ ♣ ♦ No.17” is placed on another one. We can only guess what it means as well as Latin number “II” on the flap of the tuck case. The name of the deck and some classic brief information about USPCC are on the bottom side of the tuck case.
There were used different shades of gray for the design of the tuck case. Playing cards also have red colour. No black colour.
The Ace of Spades has a simple but nice-looking design made in the style of the backs. Each other ace has one appropriate pip on it
As it has been said the court cards of No Name deck are quite seriously redesigned Arrco standard court cards. But they happened to be elegant and fit the theme very nice.
The King of Spades: No Name Playing Cards – Arrco Playing Cards
The Queen of Hearts: No Name Playing Cards – Arrco Playing Cards
The Jack of Clubs: No Name Playing Cards – Arrco Playing Cards
No Name Deck: Kings
No Name Deck: Queens
No Name Deck: Jacks
No Name deck has smaller custom pips and indices in comparison with Arrco pips and indices. And these pips with indices are quite elegant.
No Name Deck – Arrco Deck – No Name Deck – Arrco Deck
No Name Deck: Number Playing Cards
Blank Card + Double Back Card
Jokers are frankly boring. All pips and indices of the deck are depicted on them mixed up with small bubbles from the back design. One of them has the Seven of Hearts painted in red as a reveal.