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

Arcana Tarot Playing Cards

Front of deck

The Arcana Tarot deck mixes traditional playing cards with the Tarot. This deck is a standard poker sized deck featuring the standard 52 cards. Each of the royal court cards and the four aces are beautifully drawn custom artworks, created in an engraved style. Instead of the usual joker cards, this deck contains four extra cards showcasing the four major arcana cards (The Fool, The Lovers, Death, and The Tower). Number cards contain standard pips, along with corresponding tarot symbols of cups, swords, wands, and pentacles. Printed by USPCC, these cards feature a natural pearled tuck, with embossing and blue foil on the interior. This deck is an official backer deck, and comes with a backer card numbered 2227 of 4200, and signed by the artist, Chris Ovdiyenko.

Bicycle Edgar Allan Poe Playing Cards

Edgar Allan Poe front of deck

This Edgar Allen Poe deck features artwork by Dave Edgerly and is derived from such Poe classics as “The Masque of the Red Death”, “Murders on the Rue Morgue”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Black Cat” as well as some of his more obscure works that true Poe fans will immediately recognize such as “Hop-Frog”, “The Gold Bug”, “The Oval Portrait”, and “Berenice”. The aces, face cards, and jokers are based on different characters. The deck will be printed by USPCC and feature the Bicycle Brand and were first printed in the summer of 2014. 

Bicycle branded Vincent's Royals

Vincent’s Royals front of deck

These limited edition cards had a onetime run of only 1100 decks and will not be printed again. Artist, Johnny Whamm, copied Vincent Van Gogh’s style to hand paint all of the face cards, based on Vincent’s own works. The joker cards are the two versions of his famous sunflower paintings. The back art is Starry Night. This deck is Bicycle branded, printed by USPCC, and is numbered 809 of 1100, sealed in its original packaging. These cards were printed March, 2016.

Bicycle Call of Cthulhu: The Writhing Dark

Front of deck showing the limited edition details

The Call of Cthulhu: The Writhing Dark Playing Cards features the artwork of Shane Tyree.  The cards are officially licensed by Chaosium Games, publisher of the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game, and are based on the stories of H. P. Lovecraft.

These cards were released in two editions, standard and limited. This deck is one of the limited edition decks, signed by the artist with a holofoil numbered seal.  Only 1,000 of these were produced, printed December, 2015. Additionally, the tuck box for the Limited Edition deck features raised faces, tentacles, and lettering.  The cards feature custom artwork and pips.