Aunt Susann’s Kopfüber — Beautiful and Joyful Cards from Berlin’s Sulu Trüstedt

People get into playing card collecting for a variety of reasons. Some are cardists, some like the rarity of a limited numbered deck, and others, like me, are in it for the art (mostly). I love stumbling on an opinionated, well executed, and unusual deck, something that makes me smile with delight. Culturae Animalis. Modern … Continue reading Aunt Susann’s Kopfüber — Beautiful and Joyful Cards from Berlin’s Sulu Trüstedt

Dausos the Full House of Gods (The Pantheon of Baltic Gods) — Tautvydas Kaltenis

Every card in this deck is gorgeous. But, before I get into that, I'm going to share my greatest annoyance: the backs of these decks are exactly the same, but the courts are different. While this is designed to make playing games that require two decks more entertaining, it means that I can completely lose … Continue reading Dausos the Full House of Gods (The Pantheon of Baltic Gods) — Tautvydas Kaltenis

Infinite Rule Luxury Playing Cards — Oaktown Supply

I back 3-4 Kickstarter campaigns a month. December was a heavy one at six projects, including Queen Bee (that I wanted to buy more of than I did), Neo Tokyo that just looks awesome (I probably should have bought more, but dark mode cards aren't my favorite), Blue Jay (that I also wanted more of), … Continue reading Infinite Rule Luxury Playing Cards — Oaktown Supply

Pocono Modern, The Retro Deck, a Tale of Two Kickstarters

Before I tell you how much I love these cards, let's take a trip back in time. Way back in 2014 and 2015, when I was just starting to look at custom playing card decks, there was already a thriving market. Enter the first Pocono Modern Kickstarter. The goal was a lofty $20,000, and it … Continue reading Pocono Modern, The Retro Deck, a Tale of Two Kickstarters

Uranus from Vanda Cards (2018), Acquired for Free, Which is Amazing

If you've watched Holey Moley 2: The Sequel, you can picture the denizens of my house at the mention of The Seventh Planet. We're all 12, and basically any joke about Uranus is a good joke. How did I get this great deck of cards for free? David Goldklang sent Stories Kickstarter backers a credit … Continue reading Uranus from Vanda Cards (2018), Acquired for Free, Which is Amazing

Colliding Crowns Imps and Monsters Fantasy Playing Cards by Justin Hillgrove (2019)

Selling a couple extra on eBay. One of the things I love about custom playing cards on Kickstarter is that they're a great way for artists to build that community of 100 or 1,000 or 10,000 fans, and to capitalize on their work, often in a very DIY way. Now, I suspect that the more … Continue reading Colliding Crowns Imps and Monsters Fantasy Playing Cards by Justin Hillgrove (2019)

The Women Cards Tech Deck: Women of STEM

This deck is great, but let's talk about the creation story behind it. The Kickstarter account is registered to Zach Wahls, and so my first reaction was, who is this dude making woman cards? Well, the account is actually Zach and his sister Zebedia together, she's an artist and he's an Iowa state senator. Really. … Continue reading The Women Cards Tech Deck: Women of STEM

Alice in Wonderland by Sasha Dounaevski & PlayingCardDecks.com

Let's get this out of the way: there are a lot of Alice in Wonderland playing cards on the market. Like this one. Or this one. Or this one for kids. Or Wasteland Alice from 2018. Or more traditional Alice from ASVP in 2020. Or Albino Dragon's White Rabbit from 2018. Or even the Wonderland … Continue reading Alice in Wonderland by Sasha Dounaevski & PlayingCardDecks.com

Kickstarter Custom Luxury Playing Card Deck Market 2014-2020, Part 1

Well, instead of writing about my various decks of cards, or posting more of them on eBay (check them out) in hopes of being less card-poor (I'm fine, I just want to sell some extras 😂) I thought I would poke around and see if I could understand a bit more about this Kickstarter Custom … Continue reading Kickstarter Custom Luxury Playing Card Deck Market 2014-2020, Part 1

Missed Opportunities: Crops No More 2 – Limited Edition Playing Cards (2019)

"It’s a standard magical card of international edition, you can totally trust its quality." The original campaign on this wasn't hugely successful: it raised about $6,174 from 178 backers, compared to an average (for campaigns I backed) of $23k and just over 450 backers. And, to my amusement, I was the only one who bought … Continue reading Missed Opportunities: Crops No More 2 – Limited Edition Playing Cards (2019)