Bicycle Steampunk Playing Cards

Front of deck

The Bicycle Steampunk playing cards are standard poker sized deck. This is the bronze edition, and and features cog and gear covered backs, and a metallic bronze tuck case. Original artwork is found on the ace of spades, joker, card back design, and tuck case. A subtle touch is the USPCC closure stamp, which is usually black, is a golden bronze color on this deck.

While the artwork is lovely, and the deck does sport the name “steampunk,” there are other artist decks out there that really run with the steampunk theme. I would say that these are more steampunk lite. This deck is unopened in the original packaging. 

“Politicards 2012 casts today’s most popular political players as characters from classic feature films. Selected and ranked by national polls, the leading election year politicians, pundits and celebs are caricatured by Politicards creator and award-winning illustrator Peter Green.”

This deck a standard poker sized deck with 52 cards, each card face featuring a different caricature, with blue spade and club pips, and two jokers, the Democrat donkey and the Republican elephant. This deck is still sealed. Politicards have been issued for every election year beginning in 1996, though the first deck was released in 1972. I have a deck for every year except for 1996.

2012 Politicards, Guess who's who, doing what in D.C.?

Front of deck

Everyone's a wild card!

Back of deck

Feminist Playing Cards is a project from Homoground, a music website that promotes visibility for minority musicians. The deck features custom illustrations of 52 feminist musicians drawn by 14 feminist artists. Some of the musicians featured include Joan Jett, Liz Fair, Nina Simone, Loretta Lynn, Joni Mitchell, Grace Jones, PJ Harvey, and more. Each card is different. This is a 56 card deck, with two jokers, still sealed in its original package. The tuck box is not a standard tuck box, and the edges are not glued securely. I have to tape the edges to keep the box together.  For all of the card faces, and information from the artist who drew it, visit Feminist Playing Cards.

Feminist Playing Cards By Homoground Riot Grrrl Inc

Front of deck

Design on the backs of each card

Card back design

This is a standard bridge sized deck of playing cards from Maryland. The cards read “Deal me out… I’m Crabby!” with an angry caricature of a crab. He definitely doesn’t want to be a part of your crab cake. These are typical souvenir shop style cards you would pick up in a tourist shop, made in China, still sealed in shrink wrap. Date unknown, but there appears to have been other souvenir offerings featuring this crab and theme, such as coffee mugs (Claws Off My Coffee!”

Deal me out... I"m Crabby!

Front of deck

Joker card shown. Made in China.

Back of deck

MPC Impressions Touch & Feel

Front of deck (MPC®) is a professional custom playing cards printing and manufacturing company, who make custom and promotional playing cards for customers. They recently entered the branded playing card game.  Their second offering is called Impressions.  Impressions cards are made from a linen finish, and sport sleek raised card faces. Because of this, extra space between the cards makes this deck thicker. Impressions comes in several editions. This deck is the Stealth Edition, which is a high gloss, UV black on black, making this a striking deck. The image here is actually brighter than the actual box, and the white is a piece of paper or packing that got caught in the plastic when this deck was sealed at the factory (not damage).. This is a standard 52 card deck, including two jokers, and an extra MPC card.