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Bicycle Vintage Classic Playing Cards Review

February 11th, 2018 3:44am
Reviewed by Thomas Sciacca
I had to have this deck, as soon as laid eyes on it. Why? Well, considering how many fine decks there are out there, taste remains a relative issue. I won't say too much here about my taste and stylistic preferences, because such matters are far too idiosyncratic. Here is what I will say...This deck looks rich, and old.The pips are not contemporary ones.Antique backs, pips, and jokers. Cards themselves printed as scuffed, worn, aged. The back design itself reminded me of something Spanish-not neccessarily what was intended-but colors and design that evoke richness-like a deck that the Court Conjurer accidentally left behind in your castle's living room. Deck does come with a double backer, always a plus. The minor negative that came to mind is face contrast-that the faces are 'faded' and 'aged' to a point where seeing them in dim light may be trickier than a more high contrast printing. That's my nitpick, but all else here appeals to my love of old world style and charm. Simply, the deck looks magical. Price was lower than I expected. Handling...good as Bicycles always are. Besides the richness of the red, the box and back designs remind me of old carpet-or a tapestry, again, found in a castle somewhere. Perfect deck for those who's wardrobe and props have a historical flavor.

Product info for Bicycle Vintage Classic Playing Cards

Author: Collectable Playing Cards
Publisher: Mike Guistolise
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $9.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Introducing Bicycle Vintage Classic Playing Cards! The deck of playing cards that have been locked up for nearly a century waiting for someone to come along and rediscover it. The intricate casing has aged beautifully as the tuck has yellowed but the red has kept its vibrant color through the years. This deck of playing cards is printed by Bicycle and produced by Collectable Playing Cards.

Bicycle Playing Cards have been around for a long long time but never before has there been such a wonderfully crafted simplistic design that portrays the way cards used to be. The Bicycle Vintage deck's emblem appears to resemble an old time secret society with the spade as it's symbol.

The Aces have gone through a lot of aging but you can still make out the amazing artwork.

The court cards are aged standard and bare the worn out look from constant usage.

The Jokers are filled with anticipation for someone to finally show them the light of day once more.

The numbered cards show much of the same vintage look along with crisp easy to read pips.

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