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Interview with Playing Card Historian and Antique Collector Jason McKinstry (author of Paper Empires)

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Interview with Playing Card Historian and Antique Collector Jason McKinstry (author of Paper Empires)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Jason McKinstry? Any respectable field of interest doesn't just have aficionados and enthusiasts. It also has historians, who systematically and carefully study the past, and document their findings. In the world of playing cards, Jason McKinstry is one of those unique individuals. There is certainly no shortage of playing card enthusiasts - you only need to visit online playing card forums to see how many passionate collectors are out there, or check out the thriving membership list of the 52 Plus Joker playing card club. Plenty of people are interested in playing cards, and...

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Elettra Deganello

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Elettra Deganello

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Elettra Deganello? Elettra Deganello is a respected freelance visual designer and illustrator who hails from Italy. She was only introduced to custom playing cards in 2017, but it didn't take her long to make an impression.Her first successful projects were for the Passione Playing Cards label: Pinocchio (2018) and Florentia (2020), and were both artistic designs. You may also have seen her work in the stunning Blue Jay Dentistry deck, which was the second installment of the popular Meadowlark Playing Cards series. Her first solo project was the Bold deck, which was intended to...

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Interview with Antique Playing Card Collector Kevan Seaney (The Congress Guy)

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Interview with Antique Playing Card Collector Kevan Seaney (The Congress Guy)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame What should we consider as "rare" playing cards? What determines if a deck of playing cards is a "rare" deck? The term is often used quite flippantly and casually by collectors. For example, with a quick online search, it didn't take me long to find several lists of "most rare playing cards". Most of these lists simply have modern decks that fetch high prices or are hard to get hold of because of high demand.But are those the factors that make a deck rare, and are we even using the term correctly? What factors exactly determine...

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Interview with AZURED OX, the artist behind the Cotta's Almanac Reproduction decks

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Interview with AZURED OX, the artist behind the Cotta's Almanac Reproduction decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Cotta's Almanac Reproduction Decks and AZURED OX A deck of playing cards is really a portable portfolio consisting of 52 miniature works of art. And when it comes to these collections of art-pieces, few decks are better than transformation playing cards. These cleverly transform the pips on the cards into a larger single work of art. For example, a creative artist might transform the Hearts into faces, the Diamonds into hats, or the Clubs into leaves on a tree. Transformation decks exhibit a level of creativity and ingenuity like few others, because their creators need to be...

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Interview with Video Reviewer Magic Orthodoxy

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Interview with Video Reviewer Magic Orthodoxy

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame What is Magic Orthodoxy? There are many contributors to the playing card industry. It begins of course with the designers, in whose minds the genesis of a custom deck begins. Then there are publishers like Art of Play and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, that team up with the creators to actually produce a deck. Next are the printers like USPCC, that make the physical deck by putting actual ink on paper. In many cases there are also retailers that act as a "middle man", whether it be an online website or a physical brick-and-mortar store. Finally...

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