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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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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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The Collectors and Cards at a Playing Card Convention

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The Collectors and Cards at a Playing Card Convention

Your chance to view the main events from 52 Plus Joker's annual convention (Part 4) by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame52 Plus Joker is the world's biggest club for playing card collectors around the world. Each year they host an annual convention, where creators and collectors meet, listen to presentations, and much more - all the while enjoying a shared love for playing cards.When COVID made it necessary to cancel the two most recent conventions, the club ran a virtual event instead, which they opened up for free to anyone interested in playing cards. Everything was recorded on video, and in this article we...

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Why Do Magicians Use Marked Decks?

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Why Do Magicians Use Marked Decks?

Marked Decks for Magicians, Part 1 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Function Almost everybody who knows something about playing cards will be familiar with the term marked deck, because a growing number of custom decks on today's playing cards market are advertised as being "marked". What this means is that a deck has secret marks on the card backs, and by looking at these marks you'll be able to determine the value and suit of any given card.In marked decks with reader systems, the value and suit of the card is simply written on the card back somewhere in a well-disguised place. For...

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