Playing cards have come a long way from the ones we know (and love to play poker with) today. The earliest playing cards were found in China as early as the Tang Dynasty (618-970 CE) from which it spread towards Egypt and Europe.
The predecessor of the standard 52-card deck, tarot cards, were developed in the middle of the 15th century in Europe. In the 18th century through the present, these cards have been used by mystics for fortune-telling and divination.
The playing card design we are most familiar with is the French Rouennais pattern, named after Rouen, a city in France.
FUN FACT: The King of Hearts is also called the “suicide king”
Considering the design was from the mid-15th century, enduring its way to modern times is no easy feat. I think the design kinda gets boring after awhile. But enough about history!
Artists from Kickstarter started campaigns featuring redesigns of the standard deck. Check out their designs below:
Leonardo by Dent-de-Lion du Midi
No.17 Playing Cards by Requiem Team
Bicycle Starlight Black Hole by Collectable Playing Cards
Breaking Bad Playing Cards by Erik Dahlman
Arcana Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko
Muertos – Day of the Dead Playing Cards by Steve Minty
Viking Playing Cards by Scott King
Heretic Playing Cards by Requiem Team
Get MADE! by Scott King
Golden Spike Playing Cards by Jody Eklund
Feudal – Ninja and Samurai Playing Cards by Scott King
Venexiana Dark by Half Moon Playing Cards
Neverland Playing Cards by Nat Iwata
Kingdoms of a New World by Nathanael Mortensen
Olde Bones: Deck of the Dead by Toronto Playing Card Company
The Science Deck by Rose
Call of Cthulhu: The Writhing Dark by Shane Tyree
The Grimoire Series by Edgy Brothers
Steampunk Beginnings by Nathanael Mortensen
Killer Clowns by Collectable Playing Cards
Exploding Kittens by Elan Lee
Which of the themed playing cards was your favorite? Comment your choice below!
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