By Will Roya
2018 was an amazing year for us at PCD. It was our first full year in business and I’m happy to say that our loyal customers and supporters have helped to establish us as a popular destination to obtain new decks. Not only has our focus been to supply and create new playing cards but also to be a part of the community by providing educational and interesting content as well as participating and supporting other creators’ projects.
We shipped out over 10 tons of decks last year and saw a multitude of new releases. We only see the market growing as we hear from new collectors and cardists getting into the hobby almost everyday. Our orders have been almost evenly split between new and return customers which is another healthy sign that the playing card niche is in a strong and stable position.
The crowd funding scene has been much more competitive because of the number of projects but the cream continues to rise to the top and some campaigns have raised insane funds! We are going to continue to launch decks on kickstarter and help other creators but we are going to start releasing some of our decks directly this year. I’m personally really excited about some reproductions we are working on.
As always, we thank all of our customers, supporters, vendors and everyone else involved in the playing card community for your support. Please share your love of the hobby with others so we can continue to grow and spread our love of playing cards!
Here were some of my favorite playing cards from 2018 broken down by categories:
PCD Releases: I loved all the decks we put out this year but would have to say my overall favorite was the Guard. I just love the style and the readability of it. I would say the Monster deck is a close second.
Kings Wild Project: Jackson Robinson put out a lot of decks this year and they were all stunning, but my personal favorites are the Maduro and Tigers. I signed up for his monthly club and looking forward to seeing those.
A few other decks I enjoyed worth mentioning: Wild West, Rainbow Unicorn, House Blend, Off the Wall, Views, Fireflies, Salt & Bone, Squeezers, Draconian, Planets Series and Delirium.
Did you have a favorite deck I missed? Comment below.
Top 10 Selling Decks of 2018
This is from sales on our site, eBay and Amazon. It does not account for decks distributed via Kickstarter, Pip Box Club or sales to other retailers.
10. Knights by ellusionist
9. House Blend by USPCC
8. Strigiformes by PCD
7. Memento Mori by Murphy’s Magic
6. Arrco Reprint by PCD (Almost Sold Out)
5. Copag 310 by Cartamundi
4. Monarchs by Theory11
3. Super Gaff by 1st Magic Studio (Sold Out)
2. White Regalia by Shin Lim (Sold Out)
1. Marked Maiden Back by Penguin Magic
What do you think of the top 10 playing card decks sold? Any surprise you that made it or maybe one you expected to make it? Comment below.