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The color forms behind the foil print is work done by friend and artist Michael Cina.

The backs of the cards use the same color collage. Each card front, from the court illustrations to the typography, is uniquely drawn.

The inside of the tuck case is a bright electric yellow.

The playing card stock is the highest grade Bee coated paper from the United States Playing Card Company.

The tuck case is printed in sea foam green with blind emboss and gold foil.

The backs of the cards are printed the same color as the tuck case and each card front is uniquely drawn. Everything from the court illustrations to the typography.

Different colored backs can allow you to play multiple decks at a table without getting them shuffled together.

The playing card stock is the highest grade Bee coated paper from the United States Playing Card Company.

The tuck case is printed in bright red with blind emboss and gold foil.

The backs of the cards are printed metallic gold and each card front, from the court illustrations to the typography, is uniquely drawn.

Different colored backs can allow you to play multiple decks at a table without getting them shuffled together.

The playing card stock is the highest grade Bee coated paper from the United States Playing Card Company.

The tuck case is printed in dark charcoal black and has blind emboss and silver foil.

The backs of the cards are printed the same color as the tuck case and each card front is uniquely drawn. Everything from the court illustrations to the typography.

Different colored backs can allow you to play multiple decks at a table without getting them shuffled together.

The playing card stock is the highest grade Bee coated paper from the United States Playing Card Company.

The tuck case is printed in ivory off-white and is named after the company owner’s only daughter. The case also has blind emboss and gold foil.

The backs of the cards are printed the same color as the tuck case and each card front is uniquely drawn. Everything from the court illustrations to the typography.

Different colored backs can allow you to play multiple decks at a table without getting them shuffled together.

The playing card stock is the highest grade Bee coated paper from the United States Playing Card Company.

The Finest of All Playing Cards

The Problem and Our Solution

I didn’t intend to draw an entire deck of playing cards. I left my salary job as an in-house graphic designer to pursue the world of freelance. But, as it’s known to go for people who choose this path, the carpet was ever beneath me waiting to be tugged. One day I showed up to my office and there was no work to do. With a wife and two kids at home, I couldn’t be idle — so, as a discipline for the mind, I began designing a single playing card, the jack of spades. It turned out pretty well. The next day I showed up and still no work. So I designed the queen of spades. After three feverish months of this pattern, still workless, I had, to my surprise, finished designing an entire deck of playing cards.

I was flat broke. I was working hard, but with no income to show for it. It was at this low point that I asked my officemates to help me put together a pitch video and I launched the playing cards on Kickstarter. To this day I'm in awe of it. It was a smashing success.

Design Should Be Interesting

Although the playing card art that we’re most used to is well-done, it is no longer interesting because it has become so common. That seemed like a big problem to me. Why don’t we have a modern illustration perspective of a game played all over the world for hundreds of years? The Misc. Goods Co. playing card deck shows new perspective on the classic style of the game while weaving in new ideas, references and back story. It’s gratifying when I hear from someone who just got their hands on the cards and is discovering these elements. You can see one of the most detailed of these responses here.

Made in America

Above all things, we believe in the integrity of hard, honest and fair work. Every person has the inherent right to it and we have a personal relationship with all of our manufacturers, like the United States Playing Card Co., based in Erlanger KY.

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