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Marked Vintage 1800 Playing Cards (BLUE) Review

Official Review

December 13th, 2014 12:59am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
My original review of the Vintage Series 1800 follows below, under this review of the Marked Vintage Series 1800. The original review applies completely to the comments about the look, feel, its’ price and contents of this marked deck, except that deck has no card markings.

These cards are presented by Daniel Madison on behalf of in a three-part video, which is accessible with a special wed-link that comes printed on a card. The first is a minute-and-a-half trailer which displays the cards. The second video is almost four minutes and is entitled “Learn the Marking System”. Madison explains the simple system using enlarged graphics of the cards and highlights the markings using computer enhancement. The third video “Ideas For Your Marked Deck” is almost seven minutes long and Madison reviews some ideas on presentation and a memorized deck routine. The promotional video is almost five minute and consists of much, but not all, of the video provided with the purchase.

Because the antiquing and age marks of the deck are different on each card, you can’t riffle the deck to find the markings. So, the good news, is also the bad news: the markings are extremely hard to find, even if you are looking for them. The markings look like the age cracks on the cards and are very small. An ability to quickly read the cards will require some practice and sufficient light to see the secreted system. It is not ideal for low light situations and may be impossible to read in some situations. While others may see this as a drawback, as long as I don’t need bifocals, I consider this an asset.

What follows is the original review of the Vintage 1800 Series Playing Cards, for the unmarked deck:

Whenever I am in a store or walking down the street, and I catch a glimpse of a deck of cards, I stop and look, usually for just a second. When I first saw the Vintage 1800 Series, I was transfixed. These cards, manufactured by the United States Playing Card Company, and sold by, are printed on standard Bicycle back stock with the design from today’s pips, numbers, and face cards except that they look really old. The white borders on the backs, and the faces are faded in a sepia-tone with faux water marks and cracks. I have inspected the cards and the vintage markings seem to be different on each card.

The cards handle the same as your regular box of 808’s. The deck comes with 52 playing cards, 2 black jokers and an extra card with a different colored back for various tricks. The Vintage Series 1800 Playing cards come in both Red and Blue backs.

The price is very fair and I would have paid more for them if they were listed at a higher price point.

There is something captivating about these cards and when you pick up a deck, you will understand what I mean. The well-produced promotional video asks you to imagine what a deck of cards would look like if it was left to the elements for over a century. And, that is what they created. I buy it. Even if you are not a cardophile, you should buy it too.

Product info for Marked Vintage 1800 Playing Cards (BLUE)

Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $6.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

Now marked. The 1800s just got better

The cards you love just got better.

The 1800 Vintage deck now holds a very special secret. Each card is individually marked with a covert system entwined into the natural design, allowing you to instantly read the suit and value simply by peeking the back.

No detail was left untouched-- artwork on each card was delicately hand-crafted by Ellusionist's top graphic team. Even the seal on the deck looks like it was left in a gritty New York alley "for a spell".

The cards are an illusion in themselves, because they may look very old, but they handle superbly. You have to keep telling yourself, this is a new deck of cards.

• Integrated Marking System
• Grungy, cracked and awesome
• Quality finish that delivers
• Includes explanation video
• Available in Red and Blue backs

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