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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:02 pm  

Here are some Eastern European decks that I own:

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Let me start with the blue deck in the upper right. It is an advertising deck created by a Polish paper company. The face cards on the deck are amazing, and the card back is that blue stained-glass you see on the box.

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The cards are more of a light tan than a bright yellow, that's just from my scanner. However, I was incredibly disappointed when I actually got the cards in my hands... the plastic coating on them is incredibly sticky with itself! The cards will literally hold together in a clump when you take them out of the box until you flex them a few times. Even then, at least a third of the cards will be stuck to a neighboring card. It's so bad that they are practically unusable for actual gameplay, much less flourishing. If this was meant to advertise the prowess of International Paper, I'd say they failed miserably. The art and printing are still nice, but I would warn people against buying it unless you have no intention of ever using it for a playing card deck.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:33 pm  

Next we have the Petropolis deck, tuck box on the upper left in the post above. The artist for the deck is Vyacheslav Yastremsky. This is a well-made deck, not like the Pol deck, but there is no information anywhere on the box as to what company printed it. The card back is on the upper rt.

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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:56 pm  

Next, we have one of my very favorite decks that I own, called Eneida. It was printed in 2011, and I believe it's from the Ukraine. Every card has artwork on it, as you can see below. Aces are labeled "T", Jacks are "B". Printing and finish are excellent.:

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Re: Europe

Unread postby dazzleguts » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:06 am  

Great Eneida deck!
I thought of picking this one up myself, but somehow never did. Might have been the cost. Hadn't seen the pip cards before and I really like the fantastical creatures they show. This will be on my hit list now for sure.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:13 am  

Here's a good deal for them: http://www.ebay.com/itm/54-Ukrainian-Pl ... 41718f4da6

Apparently they come in both a 54 and a 36 card version, you want the 54. The 36 version, besides having fewer cards, has no art on the pip cards, only the faces.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby volantangel » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:15 am  

I really like the first deck you posted with the stained glass back. The faces are amazing.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:39 am  

volantangel wrote:I really like the first deck you posted with the stained glass back. The faces are amazing.

Yeah, if only it didn't shuffle like wet naugahyde, it'd be a great deck...
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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:56 am  

Ok, next is the "Golden de Luxe Russian" deck by Piatnik. This is one of Piatnik's single decks rather than their typical 2-deck boxes. I really like the aces and court cards in this set, but the back is a very boring color crosshatch and the Jokers are bland swans.

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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:21 am  

And finally, we get to the 5th and last deck from my 1st group shot above, the "Ukraine" souvenir deck. It is one of many decks that swiped the designs of Vladislav Erko's deck that he designed for the Taras Bulba restaurant. Those original decks are rather rare and expensive, but the knock-off decks tend to be much more common and much cheaper. The quality and design varies from one version to another, this on has a traditional embroidery pattern on the back and around the aces. Other versions have a variety of objects encircling the aces instead, similar to the aces of the Piatnik Russian deck above.

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Re: Europe

Unread postby lolo » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:13 am  

With this sample, we can see that we have got a plethora of good playing card designers in Europe. I hope they will know how to use Kickstarter to promote their work soon !
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Re: Europe

Unread postby dazzleguts » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:33 pm  

Sam, were the little objects beside the figures of your Vladislav Erko used as actual suit symbols in the original deck? I noticed they are suit specific and I seem to remember having seen them before. His figures have so much individual character that he must have had real people he based them on. That kind of detail is almost impossible to pull out of the air.

Perhaps you could do a card trick with the POL cards where you throw them at something and they stick. :mrgreen:
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Re: Europe

Unread postby lolo » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:12 pm  

dazzleguts wrote:Well since they are already being published they don't really need KS. These designs may have all been commissioned by the respective printers or publishers.


I know... I know... But nothing prevents them to design new decks. And if they use KS, with their talents, it will be surely a success...
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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:24 pm  

dazzleguts wrote:Well since they are already being published they don't really need KS. These designs may have all been commissioned by the respective printers or publishers.

Sam, were the little objects beside the figures of your Vladislav Erko used as actual suit symbols in the original deck? I noticed they are suit specific and I seem to remember having seen them before. His figures have so much individual character that he must have had real people he based them on. That kind of detail is almost impossible to pull out of the air.

Perhaps you could do a card trick with the POL cards where you throw them at something and they stick. :mrgreen:

Yes, those were the original suits, good catch. That is another reason I didn't get the original versions (besides price and hard to find), the new suits seemed a bit too strange IMO.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:27 am  

Here is a Piatnik deck celebrating Alphonse Mucha. Each card has a different picture on it. The back is rather boring, but the fronts make up for it, though the reproductions aren't always the highest quality:

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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:45 am  

Another single deck from Piatnik, this time featuring pictures of old military uniforms from around the world. The back is the rows of soldiers in the upper middle.

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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:50 am  

And last one for tonight, a Piatnik Bridge/Whist/Poker deck. They are a little thinner than standard card sizes. The number cards are standard, no pictures, though they do have numbers in all 4 corners, not just 2.

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Re: Europe

Unread postby Jock1971 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:12 pm  

Samurai007 i`m so jealous of your Piatnik decks, all mine are standard but with cool backs.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby samurai007 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:46 am  

Jock1971 wrote:Samurai007 i`m so jealous of your Piatnik decks, all mine are standard but with cool backs.

Thanks! I found the vast majority of them on ebay, and a few from dealers or Amazon. I have more, including several double decks like Japan and Folklore, that I haven't shown yet.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby Eoghann » Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:33 pm  

Love the Mucha and bridge/whist poker decks! Lovely courts!
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Re: Europe

Unread postby Jock1971 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:17 pm  

A double deck from Piatnik of Austria. The set is called "Luxury" And is No 2167. No jokers to show i`m afraid and the tuck can be seen in my thread of the Show your cards forum.First up the backs
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The Spades and Diamonds
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and the Hearts and clubs
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I got this deck from e-bay but have seen it on amazon at a reasonable price.Thanks for looking :D
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