"Inspired by our love of classic borderless decks, Elliptica is the third design in our designer playing card range, LUXX®"
The third design in our LUXX series of premium poker decks, Elliptica is our take on the classic borderless decks used and loved by millions around the world for generations.
Designed by Randy Butterfield, the first edition will be strictly limited to 1000 of each colour printed on classic finish by Legends Playing Card Company on the highest quality card stock available - on Legend's 'Classic' Finish.
In a short space of time Legends have gained a reputation for exceptional card stock and finish, printing standards and quality packaging. Every deck in our LUXX® series has been printed by their factories to the highest possible standards and this deck will be no different.
Ballet Petrouchka deck was printed by Grimaud in 1988. The Courts, Jokers and Aces feature characters in their costumes from Ivan Stravinsky's famous ballet. The designs are based on an opera performance from Paris Opera in 1948. The background and the style resembles Russian Black Palekh style cards.
A 1978 reproduction by Harry Margary of the 1811 Metastasis - Transformation of Playing Cards deck. This facsimile is of the Nixon-Cowell-Jones variation of the original 1811 Metastasis deck and was estimated to be printed 1811 or possibly 1812 per Margary. However, recent appraisers and experts have placed the actual publication date as late as 1820. http://www.harrymargary.com/product_details.asp?id=15
Title:Transformation Playing Cards
Description:For the whole of the 19th century, plus a few years at either end, a minor but attractive social fashion flourished - the "transformation card". This name is derived from the idea of "transforming" an ordinary pip card into a wider picture, it being one of the rules that the pips must form part of the overall design and also remain in their original position on the card. Unquestionably one of the most amusing and ingenious packs ever devised was one designed and etched by I. L. S. Cowell and published in about 1811 or 1812. The original wrapper bore the title "Transformation of Cards. Metastasis". Not only do many timeless social situations (audience at the theatre, congregation in church, greedy employer at table, etc.) receive suitably disrespectful treatment, but there are also glimpses of contemporary entertainment, particularly pantomimes ("Perouse” was produced in 1801 and "Obi" in 1800, for example.) A reference to "The Lady of the Lake" suggests a date for the pack as post 1810, Scott's poem being published in that year. This pack also includes the 5 Clubs "Hottentot Venus". The publishers are indebted to the Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards for permission to reproduce this pack of cards from the Phillips Collection at Guildhall Library and to Miss Sylvia Mann who prepared the Introductory Note.
Size:3.9" x 2.5"
NOTE - this is a facsimilie of Cowell`s Transformation deck called Metatasis dated 1811 and should not be confused with S.J Fullers transformation deck with the same name and from the same period.
This is a non standard deck issued by AllSaints, a British fashion retailer headquartered in Spitalfields, London, UK. The deck is discontinued and very hard to find. The cards have an all over slightly textured warm gray colour. The pips are customized and feature anatomically correct hearts, skull and bones in the clubs, a razor blade diamond, and a goat skull in the spades. The court designs are the same for each suit, except for colouring. The deck was issued without plastic wrap on box or cards.
Dan and Dave information: We all know a lightbulb is the symbol for ideas, but did you know that tungsten is the element that shines? Designers Jacques Denain and Henri de Sant Julien of France used this physical property as a basis to explore their own creativity in a truly unique deck of cards. The back design depicts earth bursting with ideas. Each card represents a different thought so we invite you to scan the quick response codes on the back of each card as they will lead you to further information. The Jokers and court cards are based on actual people. The Jack of Spades, for example, is a tribute to French magician, Dominique Duvivier. There is a small labyrinth on an extra card to remind us how difficult it is to find a good idea and with this deck we challenge you to do just that. Produced for the artists private use and never intended to be sold, only a limited quantity will ever be available. Designed in France by Jacques Denain and Henri de Saint Julien. Printed by the US Playing Card Company.
BRuT Gilded Poker - Uusi was the first design studio to create hand-gilded decks for the modern, custom playing card market two years ago and to our knowledge, we are currently the only company who has produced and sold them to date.
We are thrilled to continue this unique tradition with our BRuT tarot and poker deck. Each deck is hand-gilded with pure copper or gold leaf – this is NOT a sprayed on foil or simulated metal – by Peter Dunham using a 400+ year-old traditional gilding process. An exceptionally high level of craftsmanship is applied to this Fine Art process to ensure that each gilded deck is not only beautiful to look at but also to play with.
Fifty-two playing cards and two jokers all with original, eye-catching artwork that makes them ideal for magic and card games, yet at the same time very familiar and immediately recognizable by players and spectators alike
Printed by The Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC)
Limited Edition of 50
24KT hand-gilded deck
Printed on Master Finish card stock with a linen finish
These decks represent how we see the art of card collection - beautifully unique, consistently dynamic, and authentically yours. The decks are designed to compel and test the boundaries of the playing card world to keep our art consistently growing. They're kept at small runs not because of artificial limits, but because they're handcrafted, side stepping the industrial world of automation in favor of a more authentic handmade piece of art for your collection.
Pearl Label NPCCD Mystery Deck
Get a gorgeously engraved deck that commemorates the art of card collecting. This mystery deck comes in different box colors to keep each deck unique. Who knows which color you will get!