The Ultimate Deck
Ever wanted a museum quality pack of playing cards? Us neither until we got our hands on THE ULTIMATE DECK, a one-of-a-kind luxury deck showcasing stunning works of art on every card.
The project was a collaboration between US magician twins Dan and Dave Buck and award-winning packaging design agency Stranger & Stranger. It is the most expensive deck ever manufactured - apparently - having taken over a year to produce, as every single playing card in the pack contains a completely different custom illustration (drawn from classical art as well as unique works from today's leading illustrators) that relates to the card's suit and number, all with a slightly macabre twist.
It’s packaged in a gorgeous matte-black tuck-case of exquisite detail, that includes embossed elements and foil accents and is hand-sealed with a vintage style tax stamp, that is reminiscent of the very early decks printed by The United States Playing Card Company. The sides of the tuck-case are inscribed with the phrases, "The Marvel of The Odd Minded Await", and "Relish The Experience of The Bewildered". The impression it gives is of holding an arcane and beautiful (but card-sized) book.
The deck is manufactured by The US Playing Card Co. using their finest premium card stock with an air cushion finish, for everlasting oohs and aahs. In fact they're so beautifully designed you won't want to actually use them. As Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnell said "It's kind of a Zen thing. Playing with them would be kind of like unvirgining a virgin."