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Kickstarter Digest #2: New Playing Card Projects Waiting for Your Support

There are always some interersting playing card projects on Kickstarter. Today PlayingCardCollector.NET wants to draw your attention to Cultura Playing Cards by Mankin Chan. The deck has interesting cultural concept, and consists of 54 different artworks. It is inspired by the cultures of Italy, the Netherlands, USA, and China. Every suit is devoted to the country: Spades – Italy, Hearts – the Netherlands, Clubs – USA, Diamonds – China. Four cards of each number represent different categories: ace – flags, two – countries themselves, three – drinks, four – bread, five – dishes, six – sports, seven – transport, eight – houses, nine – landmarks, ten – animals. Jacks and Queens demonstrate traditional clothing and other specific cultural elements. Kings are represented by historical characters of appropriate countries. See it on the “Kickstarter Projects” page.

Cultura Playing Cards by Mankin Chan


And don’t forget about other interesting playing card projects ending on Kickstarter:

  • Bicycle the Lumberjacks Playing Cards [2nd Edition] by Vadim Smolenskiy;
  • Bicycle Celtic Myth 3d Edition Playing Cards by Cultúrlán Enterprises.


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Posted by on 17.06.2015 in Kickstarter


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CARC: Erdnase 216 Bee Squeezers Playing Cards

Today we are going to speak about Erdnase 216 Bee Squeezers Playing Cards produced by the Conjuring Arts Research Center (CARC). The company produced these playing card in two different colours: tan and green. These two decks were printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) in 2013.


The Conjuring Arts Research Center is a not-for-profit organization located in Manhattan and dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of magic and its allied arts. It seeks to be an important cultural centre. Appealing to practitioners and performers of the conjuring arts, academic historians, collectors, writers and general enthusiasts, Conjuring Arts fills the gap between private collections of magic related history and information, and the public. In terms of a vault of magic literature it is like some kind of The Royal Library of Alexandria for appropriate target audience. But these guys are not only “librarians”. They are also producers of playing cards. Their decks of playing cards are mainly dedicated to magic needs and quite often have some historical roots.

These Erdnase 216 decks are the same design and similar feel as a rare Bee deck printed by the New York Consolidated Card Company in 1902. The Conjuring Arts Research Center in collaboration with USPCC created special Erdnase Finish for these playing cards to make them feel like the originals.

The deck: 52 playing cards + 2 identical Jokers. Poker size. Playing cards were printed on a special stock and have special Erdnase Finish (smooth). The only differences between these two decks are different colours of backs and tuck cases. There were used vintage court cards, indices and pips.


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Bēhance: Playing Cards by Meg Doyle

These playing cards were designed by the American artist Meg Doyle. Each of her cards illustrates a scene from the life of the person designated to that card. © 2012 Meg Doyle


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Posted by on 31.07.2013 in Behance, Playing Card Art


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Fournier: Discovery and Colonisation of America Playing Cards

Discovery and Colonisation of America Playing Cards printed by Fournier in 1954, produced by Luis Ortiz Munoz, designed by Ricardo Summer Serny (España Imperial Playing Cards). This playing cards are dedicated to Colonisation of America. I assume them to be an addition to the book “Baraja histórica descubridores y colonizadores de América” (text – Luis Ortiz Munoz, illustrations – Ricardo Summers Serny).


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