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Manufactured by USPCC, this unbranded deck reportedly was in development for 5 years with 3 designers working together before Ellusionist released it in 2009 as the first in their new line of signature playing cards. This is the white version of the Arcane deck, but there was also a black version, as well as a rare red and gold ones (variations of the black). The deck was designed for magic and cardistry use by the use of the unique back design and custom jokers plus gaff card, in addition to standard game play. Many may consider the unique jokers the most interesting component from a collector perspective. The courts feature variations of standard courts with modified outfits and smokey/faded look. The tuck also claims to feature the first use of a wraparound design. Per playingcards.wikidot.com, they are printed on \\\"Aurora\\\" stock, which is slightly thinner than the previous Ellusionist decks, and they have an Air Cushion type finish.
Also available in a white version which was released later (May 2013), this deck from Theory 11 was released near the end of 2012, was illustrated by hand in South Africa and designed by Simon Frouws. They featured elegant gold foil stamped onto ultra-lux black paper derived from sustainable forests. Produced by USPCC, the stock is from FSC-certified papers derived from sustainable forests, vegetable-based inks and starch-based laminates. Sealed with a red tax-stamp, vintage sticker seal marked with the exact month and year of print. Containing largely standard face cards, the emphasis is on the premium foil tuck, card back artwork and stock quality that also was environmentally conscious.
Part of the Honeywell advertising campaign featuring sculptures made from computer parts (resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes, etc) which lasted from 1964 to 1978. In all there were over 100 animal sculptures commissioned by computer maker Honeywell as part of a long-term advertising campaign. Two of these sculptures designed by Jack Rindner were selected for use on these playing card backs, the tiger and dragon. The cards themselves were made by Brown & Bigelow in the 1960s using its Nu Vue court designs, and featuring unique binary numbering (an octal numbering system) on the pips, in addition to the standard indices. This means if you can read binary you can tell what card it is, but can also use the standard indices. While initially they were typically distributed as a pair (Tiger & Dragon) in a clear plastic case, the case was non descript and are most frequently found in the after market as individual decks. As a result, for PCDB they are listed as individual decks.
This entry for the Tiger deck features the tiger sculpture on the back and is often referred to as the Transistor Tiger, although resistors and other electrical components are more prevalent.
This entry for the Dragon deck features the dragon sculpture on the back.
Learn more at - http://www.computerhistory.org/atchm/honeywell-animals/.
http://www.computerhistory.org/atchm/wp ... bdo_sm.pdf.
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/ ... ll1985.pdf.
The Computer History Mueseum has a good number of them and images of them can also be seen in their online catalog - http://www.computerhistory.org/collecti ... +sculpture.
Funded as a Kickstarter project on February 22, 2014 with $69,452 NZD (just over $50k USD) pledged from 1,109 backers, this was a set of two decks consisting of the First Edition (standard blue tuck unlimited deck) and Grail (white tuck limited edition of 2,500 decks), plus 20 very limited commemorative sets in wooden boxes and an uncut version. Both tucks were embossed and hot stamped with gold foil with a custom seal and featured the intricately designed card back image on the back of the tuck. A number of additional add-ons including shirts, prints, collector box, coin, poster, etc were also available. Designed by Rick Davidson of New Zealand, this deck featured a re-interpretation of the original 15th century face cards from Rouen, France that was the basis for the current standard courts now used on so many common playing card decks. Rick carefully studied many historic cards and prints from this time period (http://originscards.com/archive/....) to create his new interpretations, but also occasionally brought in modern day inspirations for facial features, including Charlize Theron for the Queen of Clubs.The cards were printed on casino quality Bee stock with a magic finish from USPCC with special Q1 quality production. In addition, magician Lee Asher, helped design the gaff card included with the deck that featured the King of Spades and Queen of Hearts.
This PCDB Entry is for the First Edition which was not limited and in the Soft Touch Midnight Blue colored tuck.
This PCDB Entry is for the First Edition which was limited to a maximum of 2,500 decks and in the Pearlesque Natural Pearl colored tuck. The Grail cards feature a subtly different silver accented metallic color scheme to the First Edition.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ri ... by-history....
The Origins decks also won 7 out of 17 categories from UnitedCardists 2014 Deck of the Year awards as voted by 59 members: Best Back Design, Best Court Cards, Best Gaff Card, Best Tuck Box, Best Coin, Overall Best Deck of 2014
N.17 deck V.01 was made for the official launch of the crowd funding website Cardlauncher.com and was printed by MPC (Make Playing Cards). It was designed by Lorenzo Gaggiotti through his Stockholm17 company. 530 total were printed, 505 available as prizes and promo items from CardLauncher and 25 reserved for Private Reserve from creator. The deck was printed by MPC (Make Playing Cards) with a linen finish. It was a near prototype deck, but with a larger printing and distribution as it was always intended for revisions and a full crowd funded release. That new version was a Bicycle branded deck which launched on Kickstarter on Feb 17 and funded on March 19, 2015.
Compucards was a computer-themed deck of cards that used binary values (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, etc) as opposed to the standard decimal values (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc) and created by Sam Pitroda in 1983. They also had a computer bug instead of the standard joker and instead of full courts (J,Q,K) they only included computer cards and programmer cards (which resembled the creator Sam Pitroda).
The suit signs have been kept as the standard (Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades) but with a slight difference. In each suit there is two of each card, there is a + card and a * card. For example, the order of the hearts suit goes: +1 of hearts, *1 of hearts, +2 of hearts, *2 of hears, +4 of hearts, all the way up to +128P of hearts and the *128P of hearts (the P representing the Programmer or King card). In each suit there is 16 cards (two of each) with the four suits the pack has 64 cards in total. The back of the card has a border of binary 1s and 0s with Compucards written from corner to corner.
There is two Software Bug cards (Joker) and two instruction cards and a booklet that accompanied the deck which explained how to play games such as Poker and Blackjack with the Compucards. The booklet also included information about the Compucards Company and greater details on how to play standard games such as Poker, Rummy and Blackjack using the Binary cards. For example, playing blackjack using the Compucards was said to be the easiest to learn. Instead of using the standard Get to 21 points to win you have to get to 256 points to win, with using the additional rule that you can use the multiply (*) to increase you point value.
There also apparently was a version of the deck called Trumping - http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/29389/trumping.
1983 newspaper article http://static.squarespace.com/static/53 ... e+deck.pdf.
Learn more - http://www.wopc.co.uk/reviews/compucards/index.html.
ecNate wrote:Deck of the Week - № 17 V.01 (N.17)
In honor of upcoming deck release from Lorenzo Gaggiotti of Stockholm17 for his revised version of this deck tomorrow (Feb 17 at 17:17 GMT), we are featuring the v.01 near prototype version of the deck that was created as a promotional item for the now in limbo CardLauncher.com crowdfunding platform. While there were another 25 private reserve decks that were signed with serialized seals as well, the link is for the general version which was limited to just 505 decks. Click the link and view the newly updated PCDB description for more information on this deck, view photos/scans or add to your wishlist. (The PCDB Deck of the Week features interesting decks listed in PCDB that had particular significance, unique back story, rare / lesser known or just really cool).
https://playingcarddb.com/dbdeck?id=882N.17 deck V.01 was made for the official launch of the crowd funding website Cardlauncher.com and was printed by MPC (Make Playing Cards). It was designed by Lorenzo Gaggiotti through his Stockholm17 company. 530 total were printed, 505 available as prizes and promo items from CardLauncher and 25 reserved for Private Reserve from creator. The deck was printed by MPC (Make Playing Cards) with a linen finish. It was a near prototype deck, but with a larger printing and distribution as it was always intended for revisions and a full crowd funded release. That new version is a Bicycle branded deck to be launched on Kickstarter on Feb 17, 2015 at 17:17 GMT.
This very limited edition custom deck of just 100 decks was created in 1994 in recognition of the 50 year anniversary of a plane crash. In February 1944 the B-17 Flying Fortress Mi Amigo crashed at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield England while returning from a bombing raid in Europe. The pilot of the \'Mi-Amigo\', from the 364th Bomber Squadron, based at Chelveston, Northamptonshire, was Lt John Kriegshauser who received a posthumous US Distinguished Flying Cross for his courage in sacrificing the 10 man crew and crashing into the woods rather than attempting to emergency land and hit children playing in the park. At least eleven planes were forced to crash land in Sheffield during the war, including others in the park, but this was by far the worst casualties. A memorial stone now marks the crash site and annual ceremonies are still held in their honor and remembrance.
The deck itself has 52 illustrated playing cards, many in a semi-transformation style and was distributed with a booklet by the artist Tony Kemplen. The deck received its name from the Ordnance Survey grid location of the crash site.
A small production deck to be used internally and for promotion purposes at the company Mailchimp, this deck gained a large group of fans when it was posted on the website dribble and other sites. It was designed and produced by the creative/ad agency Fuzzco promotion company with assistance from Theory11 in early 2014.
Possible plans for public availability and a 2nd printing was quickly solidified after the appreciation for this deck was obvious. The 2nd printing was done as a 2nd version in 2 color variations in March 2015 direct from Theory11 with proceeds to support Fugees Family, a non-profit organization devoted to working with child survivors of war.
This PCDB entry is ONLY for the ORIGINAL printing for Mailchimp use.
https://dribbble.com/shots/1492977-Mail ... ying-Cards.
During World War II, USPC provided spotter cards, which illustrated the characteristic shapes of tanks, ships and aircraft from the more powerful countries. Each suit is dedicated to planes from four of the primary countries: Spades - US, Diamonds - Germany, Clubs - Japan, Hearts - Great Britain. The airplane edition continues to be the more popular deck as there are a number of facsimile decks still being produced today from a number of companies. Unlike similar decks created for other military countries in Britain and elsewhere which were simple flashcards without playing card elements, these decks made by USPCC doubled as standard playing cards and were made available to both the military and the public. In fact, the USPCC even took out ads in magazines for them, including the 1943 ad from Collier's (see related scanned image). In addition, the US government established a network of civilian airplane spotters whose duty it was to lookout for any possible repeat of the Pearl Harbor attack, with numbers in this Army Air Forces Ground Observer Corps reaching about 1,500,000 volunteers, With that many members of the public involved, it becomes obvious the appeal this deck had and still does have.
This PCDB entry is for the original deck released in the 1940s by USPCC. Facsimile decks have their own related entries.
A followup to their earlier Classic Edition which won a reddot design award in the games category, this artist collective deck features art from 54 artists around the world. A project from Zeixs, a collaboration company between publishing house Feierabend Unique Books and the design agency 12ender, which usually focuses on providing a platform for designers to create both online and print media through submissions and handle distribution. Each of the 54 artists created a unqique and custom card in their own style, resulting in 54 extremely different cards. Available in either a metal tin box or in a foil laminated cardboard box (light edition), each version was sold in a limited edition of 999 copies. There is no typical tuckbox for these decks, instead they are set inside either the custom cardboard display box for the light version, or encased in foam within the metal tin of the regular version.
This PCDB entry is for the metal box regular edition. / This PCDB entry is for the cardboard box light edition.
This deck features weirdly wonderful bio-mechanical anthropomorphic creatures from English artist Mr. Mead who channeled his childhood fear and obsession with anthropomorphism. The characters are grouped by family into the four suits, Birds for the Hearts, Horned Beasts the Diamonds, Cats the Spades and Foxes the Clubs. A total of 4 versions were printed in 6 runs of 100 each. Each version uses the same cards, but a different tuck for each version. Initially released in April 2011 as v1 with 100 decks using a tuckbox featuring a rat head and Antlers Gallery 'A' logo on the back, as they were sold by antlersgallery.com only or at the gallery reception event. Shortly after a 2nd version was printed using the Diving Bull (AoD) on the tuckbox with 100 more decks. This was followed by another 100 printing as v3 using the Voxman (AoC) on the tuckbox. Finally the v4 in 3 print runs of 100 each using the foxhead logo, also known as the 'artist edition'.
Mr. Mead uses the traditional drawing technique of dip pen and ink to blend the animal, human and mechanic into a super species he nicknames Bio-Mechanical Anthropomorphism. Working from hisstudio in Jamaica Street Studios, Bristol, Mead creates artwork for folk tales, album covers, posters and large scale works. He has exhibited far and wide, from London to New York and Melbourne.
Note - details regarding the versions and printings were received directly from the artist via message exchange in early June 2015
Contains only 55 copies of Ace of Spades and a History of the Secret Weapon card.
History from USPCC - The Ace of Spades served a famous purpose in the war in Vietnam. In 1966, two lieutenants wrote The United States Playing Card Company and requested decks containing nothing but the Ace of Spades. The cards were useful in psychological warfare as the Viet Cong were very superstitious and highly frightened by this Ace. The French previously had occupied Indo-China, and in French fortunetelling with cards, the Spades predicted death and suffering. The Viet Cong even regarded lady liberty as a goddess of death. USPC shipped thousands of the requested decks gratis to our troops in Vietnam. These decks were housed in plain white tuckcases, inscribed with Bicycle Secret Weapon. The cards were deliberately scattered in the jungle and in hostile villages during raids. The very sight of the Ace card was said to cause many Viet Cong to flee.
While the effectiveness and pervasiveness of this is arguable, it was indeed used by United States soldiers during the Vietnam war as both a calling card placed in mouths of the dead and as psychological warfare dropped from planes to play on assumed superstition of the local forces. While some original decks still exist produced by UPSCC, they still sell replica decks. http://factually.gizmodo.com/card-decks ... 1675997966....
While another Limited Edition version numbered to 3,000 was also available, this entry is for the more common set created for DC Direct and FYE stores. It includes 20 11.5 oz clay poker chips (5 of each color) and the deck itself which is a standard deck made to look like the Joker defaced them. It was created to promote and be a fan deck for the movie The Dark Knight.
This semi-transformation deck was designed for the Folio Society by Jonathan Burton (Bordeaux, France) and was directed by Sheri Gee from the Folio Society and was available only to members of the organization as a promotional item. The art in the deck won a silver medal at the Society of Illustration in New York, an award of excellence from Communication Arts and overall professional winner at the AOI illustration awards 2013. Jonathan has been an illustrator since 1999 with an MA from Kingston University and other works published by Time, The New York Times, New Scientist, The Times, Plansponsor, The Wall Street Journal and many more. His inspiration for this deck was ‘O. Gilbert, a mid-19th Century card maker who produced hand coloured etched playing cards that depicted contemporary costumes or those of bygone eras with absurd twists. The art was pencil drawn and then coloured and aged in Photoshop to give a look of Victorian lithographs with limited colour and slight printing errors.
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