1 Th4mo - PAID
2 Shermjack - PAID
3 Eoghann #2 only - PAID
4 Slavich - PAOD
5 Slavich - PAID
6 Cbkimble - PAID
7 bamabenz - PAID
8 Mark from Chicago - PAID
9 DragonSoul - PAID
10 ecNate #2 only - PAID
11 Draud.#2 only
12 Me - PAID
and one for myșelf. I hope to be able to get a dozen sets of three, but I can't guarantee anything until we put our money on the table.
Lately there has been a lot of people talking about the really great Vladislav Erko decks, especially in conjunction with things like Jackson's New Era #46 restoration deck.
The few times I have seen them on ebay.com they were always in the $55-$70 range for a single sealed deck. It's a lot for contemporary decks, but they are outstanding artwork!
Vladislav is a Ukrainian artist who has produced three advertising decks, all with truly unusual courts łand jokers as well as Aces)! He had done three different designs, and each has had at least two different printings with significant changes in the second printings, all of which have Anglicized indices (A/K/Q/J instead of T/K/Ď/B courts, the 'Ď' being the Cyrillic letter which looks somewhat like a squared off 'A'. The backs change in deck one (Ukrainian restaurant / Tavern in Moscow) and also the tuck. Jackson describes it simply "deck 1). First printed in 2008, reprinted - slightly oversized - with gold inks and other changes listed in 2012. The Anglicized spelling with Roman characters is "Taras Bulba".
Deck two is the dark / sinister Pekelna Harugv deck with witches for Queens and Cossacks for Jacks and killers for Kings.
The third deck is another advertising deck, designed for Epinious Vodka in 2012, with Cossacks and witches and a bit dark or sinister, dealing with death on a couple of the courts. As far as I know this one has not been reprinted and was done in the Ukraine. This is the deck Jackson describes as "Vladislav Erko II".
32 card Epinious Vodka ("Cossacks") - $30 + shipping
I attached pictures of the first printing of each of the three decks.
If we have enough people interested in getting one or more of the decks, which range from about $30 & $33. I can get 10 or more for $3 each shipping to the states and $6 shipping by Priority Mail for one or more decks (up to six maximum). If enough people are interested and we put together a total of 20 or more in any combination, the first shipping price would be about $2.50 and at 30+ it drops to around $2 per deck. Delivery inside the states is still $6 for one up to six decks delivered in 2-3 days.
They are all very unusual and gorgeous art decks, and decks one and two have 54 cards, deck three is a 34 card deck (no 2 to 6 pips). Frankly, even I have to admit that these sealed new decks should be opened and enjoyed - at least viewed if not played.
If you would like to get one or more of these decks, leave your requests in this thread, and I I will figure it all out after a couple of weeks, Order them from my friend in Tallinn (Estonia) and distribute them when they arrive stateside. See each deck for pricing, all are $28 or $31 per deck plus $2 to $3 each depending on how many total are ordered, plus $6 for up to six decks or $11 for seven or more - which requires a Medium Flat Rate box.
I'll leave this post "sticky" for two weeks to see how much interest there is, and assuming that we want at least ten decks, figure out exactly what the costs are - which depends on the total ordered. If we add up to at least 20 decks, I can get and pass along a 10% discount on the decks.