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Using Playing Cards For Propaganda

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Using Playing Cards For Propaganda

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameAre customized playing cards a recent phenomenon? Given the massive boom in the playing card industry over the past decade, you might think so. The arrival of crowd-funding has certainly given the market a real shot in the arm, by opening up new opportunities for both creators and consumers, and it's arguably a golden era like never before. But people have always been producing and collecting custom playing cards right back to the 15th century, which is when the printing press helped playing cards spread rapidly through Europe. All along, besides their primary use for playing card...

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Portfolio52 and the National Playing Card Collection Day

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Portfolio52 and the National Playing Card Collection Day

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Portfolio52 Maybe you own a decent collection of playing cards. But have you heard of Portfolio52? If you haven't, then you really, really need to learn about it!Portfolio52 is the world's largest online playing card database. And it's completely free! This online web database enables collectors to manage their personal card collection. It's run by Alex Chin from Seasons Playing Cards, and if you've ever seen any of the decks he's created, you'll know that he's a man of passion, detail, and produces the highest quality. Portfolio52 is his pet project, which he has spearheaded for quite...

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC)

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameThis is the next article in a series where we profile some lesser known playing card manufacturers, ones that are typically dwarfed by industry giants like United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) and its new owner Cartamundi. Most of the competition consists of small fry, but there are some notable exceptions that you need to know about, especially this one: Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC) and its partner Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC). These two companies often collaborate and work together, and do the bulk of their printing in Taiwan.Ever since the custom playing card industry has...

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Q & A with Magician and Collector Lee Asher (President of the 52 Plus Joker American Playing Card Collectors Club)

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Q & A with Magician and Collector Lee Asher (President of the 52 Plus Joker American Playing Card Collectors Club)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Lee Asher? I first came across the work of Lee Asher many years ago. At that time I was exploring my long-time interest in card magic, and Lee had made some good contributions in that area. One of his signature tricks that he is well-known for is an ace routine called the Asher Twist. If you enjoy card magic, you'll appreciate the cleverness involved and the impossibility it apparently creates. Lee is skilled magician, and his name will be familiar to many from his work as a magic consultant. But Lee Asher's credentials extend much further than...

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Piatnik

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Playing Card Manufacturer: Piatnik

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGamePiatnik prints playing cards. A LOT of playing cards. In this next article in a series about playing card manufacturers, we head to Austria's Vienna to learn about a company that manufactures playing cards and board games right in the middle of Europe.To give some idea of their size and influence, Piatnik tells us that their products are available in no less than 72 countries around the world. They also operate affiliate companies in several other European countries, as well as one in the United States. One of their slogans will give you some sense of their...

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