Copperhead v2 Viper Finish Playing Cards LPCC
Copperhead v2 Viper Finish Playing Cards LPCC
Copperhead v2 Viper Finish Playing Cards
Available in grey and yellow, not sold as a set
ULTRA-THIN, all new Viper Finish from LPCC. Printed with Pantone's Colors of the Year.
Like running your hands over the scales of a snake, Viper Finish is named for the silky feel with a unique smooth, dry, yet slippery texture. Viper Finish is the goldilocks of feel, handling, and durability.
As a bonus, it is highly resistant to changes in humidity, which not only is great for some magic techniques like breather crimps, another bonus is you don't get that 'pop' in the deck when you fly or travel to a dry climate, and the decks don't inflate and get soggy in humid climates like Singapore or Hong Kong. A truly new feeling card stock like nothing else on the market.
We hope these decks spark a bit of joy in your life, not only for how they look, but how they feel in your hands. Shuffle your way to a brighter and friendlier future!
"Soft, silky, and polished"
Paper + Coating + Heat curing + LPCC proprietary processes = VIPER FINISH™
Viper Finish blends the thinness and snap of Master / Diamond Finish, with the soft flex and feel of the popular but rare Stud Finish. All of these advantages without destroying the fibers of the paper by crushing the stock, which can make a deck feel great, but weaken the cards and makes them much less durable. If possible, it is better to "crush" the fibers at your own pace by breaking them in with regular use. Your decks will last longer and feel just how you want them to.
The Feel. For all of you out there who love cards as much as we do. Viper Finish has a familiar, yet totally different feeling than USPCCs Air-Cushion Finish or our popular Classic Finish. Top card handlers and magicians worldwide love the soft, silky feel, and long-lasting properties of Viper Finish.
With close-up inspection, the embossing pattern on this card stock forms tiny little pillows, resulting in a remarkable Bekk smoothness grade. Viper Finish is created when this card stock is combined with our custom formulated made-in-USA coating, heat curing, and other proprietary printing and production processes. We still haven’t been able to wear out some early test decks, so can safely say they will handle well for at least 5x longer than a modern UPSPCC deck of playing cards.
If we were to fault Viper Finish, it would be that they are challenging to cut with tight registration because they are so slippery, and they have a quite high level of shine due to the paper absorption properties and polishing. A double edged sword, because these decks just feel so incredible.
The Paper. We listened to you, our customers, who wanted a thin and more flexible card stock than Master Finish. LPCC has close relationships with paper manufacturers around the globe, and we collaborated with one to produce a large order to our specs. Among other considerations, we wanted a paper that is thinner and less hygroscopic, which requires stringent printing requirements. Many months of communication and after a through paper acclimation process, this knowledge, coupled with experienced technicians at LPCC’s newest state-of-the-art facility, resulted in VIPER FINISH™. The all-new ultra thin playing card stock with a medium flex level and a remarkable Bekk smoothness grade. All sourced from sustainably grown pulp derived from Eucalyptus trees.
The Coating. All new and made in the USA! Coating is one of the key ingredients in making a perfect feeling deck of playing cards. We now have a custom formulation that feels nearly perfect and is well suited to Classic or Viper card stocks. It has a natural scent, and is very long lasting. All poker-sized decks printed from October, 2019 will use this newest coating and our latest finishing processes like heat curing and famed Diamond Cut edges. We hope you enjoy the years of work and trial-and-error Legends is putting into improving the feel and durability of paper playing cards.
The art. Unobtrusive and classic, designed to feel modern yet familiar.
The v.2 Copperhead decks are printed in PANTONE’S 2021 Colors of the year. Illuminating and Ultimate Grey.
"A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting. A combination of color whose ties to insight, innovation and intuition, and respect for wisdom, experience, and intelligence inspires regeneration, pressing us forward toward new ways of thinking and concepts."
At Legends PCC, we are lovers of all things related to card and color, and feel these colors are well suited to a subtle injection of white (the card stock). Pantone’s colors seem to be a cleverly crafted color story rather than a trend, perhaps selected as psychological reaction to the difficult year the world has had in 2020, from political upheavals to the pandemic and general negativity. The daisy-like hues of illuminating yellow and enduring concrete-like ultimate grey forecast a brighter outlook for 2021 and will be popular colors for this year in print, houseware, editorial, the financial industry, and entertainment.
We wanted to keep the deck simple and elegant, with artwork by friend of Legends and excellent designer Nick Vlow, as well as some artwork elements by Grayson Stallings. A card back that feels modern, but doesn't feel out of place in a poker game or magician's hands.
With magician's in mind, we included 2 of our signature ex-stripper decks in the limited half-brick set. If you haven't tried these yet they are simply the best stripper decks on the market, with no exception.
The tuck box also features edge painting - the white edges of the tuck are painted so they aren't as noticeable and don't ruin the aesthetic. Every detail matters in playing card production and packaging - including the unsightly white edge of the tuck paper stock, which we paint a matching color before packing and cello wrapping.
Feel the difference with a Legends PCC printed deck!
Print Quantity: 800 decks per color (blue v.1, yellow v.2, grey v.2). 100 half-brick sets with 3x standard and 3x stripper decks. 288 numbered hot foil edition (v.3).
Feel and Finish: VIPER FINISH™ custom black core, European card stock
Card coating: LPCC #202100 USA produced / water based
Card cutting: LPCC Diamond Cut / Traditional
v.1 Pantone color of the year 2020
v.2 Pantone Colors of the Year 2021 (Ultimate Grey 7C, and Illuminating 106C)
v.3 Copper hot foil edition, numbered, limited to 288 total
Card faces: Faces - Standard American, Pantone 4c. With custom Jokers and Ace.
Tuck exterior: Custom engineered tuck to fit the new card stock perfectly, long flap vertical tuck with edge painting to match the Pantone colors.
Tuck interior: No printing. Matte lamination to improve durability paper peeling.
Manufacturing facility: Legends PCC exclusive partner factory with newly installed heat curing tunnel in 2020 / China.
Some may be wary of a new finish to a new stock of cards. LPCC does it well in creating a deck that feels very smooth and handles well. Their new factory definitely trumps the previous one and the Copperhead deck is a great introduction to the new finish. This deck has be handled in order to understand how it feels. Don't knock it until you've tried it, so get yourself a deck!
This deck introduces LPCC's new Viper finish, and let me say, I do hope they continue to use it. From a descriptive perspective, they nailed the idea of a snakeskin being the comparison for the way the finish feels. From a design perspective, the deck looks great in the Pantone yellow that I got mine in, and the overall simple and time-tested faces make it all the more familiar. From a handling perspective, the Viper finish really does feel noticeably different. The cards are springer it seems with something of a stiffness to them, without feeling thick and large like some of EPCC's or other Taiwanese/Chinese decks feel. Mine didn't immediately want to make a smooth fan out of the box, but after a small bit of working in, they do some great work. I also did some beautiful Faro shuffles leading into a cascade flourish and this deck handled well throughout and felt really quite nice. I'm looking forward to more Viper decks from LPCC!
Aside from design, nothing is more important to me about a deck than the card stock and finish, and they really outdid themselves with the Viper stock. I disagree with their description of it though. They mention a cross between Diamond stock and Stud stock, which to me makes no sense because the first is the stiffest stock and the latter is the softest. A better description is this: If Hanson Chien's new Vintage stock is an improvement over USPCC's crushed stock, then the Viper stock is an improvement even over Hanson Chien's Vintage stock. It is as thin as crushed stock, but feels more responsive and durable at the same time, without giving up any spring or snap. It's just AWESOME - try it!