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The Cartamundi Brand: USPCC's Competition and Now Their New Owner

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The Cartamundi Brand: USPCC's Competition and Now Their New Owner

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Big playing card publishers In the past week, an unexpected bombshell hit the playing card industry, with a press release dated 4 June 2019 announcing that publisher Cartamundi has just signed an agreement to purchase the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) from its parent company, Newell Brands. But who is Cartamundi, and what does this mean?For a long time, the playing card industry in North America has been dominated by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). With a long history that goes back to the 1800s, and a solid reputation as the producer of the famous...

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Factors That Affect the Handling of a Deck - Part 1

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Factors That Affect the Handling of a Deck - Part 1

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Part 1: Bicycle Playing Cards Entering the world of playing cards can be a confusing business. When you speak with anyone who is already immersed in this world, or even if you read the small print on a Kickstarter project, you will find mention of things like "Bee Casino Stock", "Magic Finish", or "Traditional Cut". What on earth are they talking about? Then there are the common phrases you'll find on typical decks from big name publisher USPCC, like "Air-Cushion finish" (Bicycle decks), "Linoid finish" (Tally Ho decks), or "Cambric finish" (Bee decks). The mystery deepens!...

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September Top 5 Best Selling Decks

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September Top 5 Best Selling Decks

Only 1 deck maintained their top 5 status from last month. These are all great decks, which one do you like best? 5. Red Super Gaff Bicycle Playing Cards - The blue version of this deck is now completely sold out, but you still have a chance to pick up a copy of the red. 4. Ghost White Bicycle Playing Cards Deck - An older release from ellusionist that still continues to sell very well. 3. House Blend Bicycle Playing Cards - A newer popular deck that sold very well during a recent promotion. 2. Cherry Casino Reno Red Playing Cards USPCC - The most popular new deck...

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The Bicycle Brand: Is it Really Worth the Money to Get a Bicycle Deck?

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The Bicycle Brand: Is it Really Worth the Money to Get a Bicycle Deck?

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame A common question from many people new to the world of custom playing cards is about the Bicycle® brand of playing cards. It is a very recognizable and familiar brand. But they tend to cost a little more than a cheap deck at the corner shop or department store. Is it really worth spending the extra money to get something with the Bicycle brand, and are they really better? And what about a custom deck of playing cards - is the name Bicycle on the cover any indication or guarantee of quality? A Short History of...

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August Top 5 Playing Cards Sold

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August Top 5 Playing Cards Sold

Blue Monarchs and the White Regalias maintained their #1 & #2 spot. The other decks on last months list were edged out by one of our clearance sale items, a brand new release and one of favorite newer releases that has been getting a lot of love recently. 5. Honeybee Elite Playing Cards USPCC - Blue & Red - As soon as I received this deck and handled them I predicted it would would be a top seller, especially at the low price point. A great workers deck with a full bleed back. 4. Strigiformes Owl Bicycle Playing Cards - One of the best...

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