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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  

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:
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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 Jock1971 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:08 pm  

Here`s a deck from Carta mundi entitled "De Gelukskinderen" Produced in 1979 to commemorate the year of the child. the deck was designed by Jhan Paulussen.
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The deck came in either a single tuck or a double box, unfortunately mine came in a plastic box :cry: Also there is a version with french indexes. The tucks and scans can be seen at atrionfi.eu/WWPCM/decks03/d01305/d01305.html.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby dazzleguts » Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:02 pm  

Pikety 15
Printed by Business Printers N. P. Kolin of Prague, Czechoslovakia.



This deck uses the Vienna Large Crown pattern which was also used in the Piatnik Preference Nr.14a that Jase posted in the Austria thread.

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This is a 32 card deck used to play Piquet and related games. These particular cards were made around 1970, but the pattern itself first appeared in the early 1800s.

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The cards are large at 6.4 cm x 9.9 cm, and the stock has a creamy off-white tint. Unlike the Piatnik deck there is no "Wien" on the Jack of Hearts flag, and no company name on the sash of the King of Spades.

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The pip cards include the Aces and 7 - 10. As in many European decks company identification appears on an ace that is not the Spade Ace - in this case it's the Ace of Hearts. The Czech words next to the logo actually just mean "Trademark".

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Re: Europe

Unread postby Jock1971 » Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:06 pm  

A limited Edition deck from Carta mundi of Belgium, the deck advertising John Players Special cigarettes is dated 1987 and is illustrated by Nick Price.
Box lid ,Back ,Extra card and Jokers.
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The Hearts and Spades.
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And last the Diamonds and Clubs.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby Jock1971 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:15 am  

A 1976 Reprint by the Danish National Museum of a deck by Christopher Ernst Susz from 1783.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby Jock1971 » Sat May 02, 2015 7:04 am  

The Cartoonist Pack, Made by Carta Mundi dated 1980.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby Slavich » Sat May 02, 2015 10:09 am  

Jock1971 wrote:The Cartoonist Pack, Made by Carta Mundi dated 1980.
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I love this deck. Bought one a couple of weeks ago :)

Thanks for posting the pics.
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Re: Europe

Unread postby Jock1971 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:41 am  

A reproduction of an Hungarian deck titled "Ibusz", printed by editiones del prado in 2004 and produced by the Fournier Playing card museum from the original pack in their collection.
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I don`t really know much about these cards except that they were originally printed in 1965 by the "Playing card factory and printing house" of Budapest, Hungary.
The court cards depict scenes from Hungarian Folklore with the figures wearing typical costumes of the country ,while the Aces are decorated with emblems denoting Hunting, Fishing, Agriculture and music.
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