The distinguishing feature of the English standard playing card is that the Jacks are lansquenets – mighty warriors or foot soldiers. With such a rich and illustrious subject matter, nothing needed to be added that wasn’t already there. All that was needed was to give each of the characters dimension and expression. Nothing was done to disturb the basic foundation of the deck. Rather, conscious decisions were made to preserve and extend the tradition. Each and every card in the WhiteKnuckle Deck is a unique hand rendering in keeping with the style. Where ambiguity gave way to artistic license, reference was made to its ancestor, the French Rouen design.
The deck: 52 playing cards + 2 Jokers + Blank card + Information card. Poker size.
There were three editions of this deck. The decks edition and year of release can be identified on the bottom of the box (e.g. the first edition deck was brought out in 2010 so the numbers would be 1-10).
The First Edition (these were published in Sydney in March, 2010).
Several 1st edition rare decks are still available on Brett’s site.