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The Best Decks of 2021: A Gallery of Award Winners

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The Best Decks of 2021: A Gallery of Award Winners

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Almost every industry has some kind of awards.  Fortunately for us, the same applies to the world of custom playing cards.   Like all awards, there's always going to be a certain amount of subjectivity involved.  Who picked the nominees?  What were the criteria?  What kind of voting system was involved?  And the announcements of winners may even spark debate.  Were other candidates better?  What potential candidates were overlooked completely?But regardless of how you feel about awards, I'm convinced they're good to have.  They are one way of recognizing some of the best in the industry.  And...

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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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Playing Card Manufacturer: Shenzhen Wangjing Printing Company (WJPC)

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Shenzhen Wangjing Printing Company (WJPC)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame In the world of sports there are big name teams and big name athletes. Practically everyone has heard of superstars like Roger Federer, LeBron James, and Tiger Woods, or championship winning teams which have created a lasting legacy like football's New England Patriots and baseball's New York Yankees. But there are often hard-working athletes achieving great success under the shadow of these giants.Much the same is true in the world of playing cards. Most readers will be familiar with big name printers like the United States Playing Card Company, and their European counterpart and owner, Cartamundi....

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The 52 Plus Joker Club and Virtual Conventions

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The 52 Plus Joker Club and Virtual Conventions

Your chance to view the main events from 52 Plus Joker's annual convention (Part 6) by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameI don't need to convince anyone that collectors of playing cards enjoy talking to other collectors. If two playing card enthusiasts find themselves in the same room, they will quickly find something to talk about. Collectors enjoy showing each other decks from their collection, discussing their favourite playing cards and designers, talking about the latest and greatest news in the world of playing cards, and even buying and selling from each other. The playing card community is a particularly vibrant one, and it's...

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Deck Releases and Deck Awards at 52 Plus Joker's Convention

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Deck Releases and Deck Awards at 52 Plus Joker's Convention

Your chance to view the main events from 52 Plus Joker's annual convention (Part 5) by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameIf you're serious about collecting playing cards, chances are you already know about the world's biggest club for playing card collectors, 52 Plus Joker.Each year they organize an international playing card convention, which gives the opportunity to listen to presentations on playing card related topics from leading figures in the industry, as well as a host of other playing card events. Sadly, the current global pandemic has forced the club's executive to cancel the two most recent conventions that would normally have been held...

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