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Newly released decks from Art of Play

Art of Play is known for its fine collection of carefully curated decks of high quality playing cards, many of which are optimized for cardistry or for playing card games. Run by cardistry innovators and pioneers Dan and Dave Buck, it is not only a paradise for those who appreciate unique games, puzzles, and playing cards, but it is also the online label under which the Buck twins produce their own brand of playing cards.

I've covered quite a large number of Art of Play's attractive decks previously, but this time I'd like to cover a number of their recently released decks, many of which continue series of other popular decks.


Black Wheel

Art of Play has previously produced several versions of their delightful DKNG decks, made in collaboration with DKNG Studios from California. First off the press was a set of twin decks in red and blue, named Red Wheel and Blue Wheel respectively. These were intended as a fresh interpretation of the classic Bicycle rider back, with a bicycle design being prominent. Next up was the Green Wheel deck, which had a similar look but with an eco-friendly colour scheme.

The latest addition to this series is the brand new DKNG Black Wheel deck. Like its predecessors, the tuck box has a matt look, but in this case is touched with UV spot printing in black for a very lush look. A custom seal in red ensures strong first impressions.


Anyone familiar with the previous Wheel decks will immediately recognize the design of the card backs, which are now presented in a classic black. The Bicycle influence is clearly evident, and despite the intriguing design, the plain black colour ensures that this design doesn't draw more attention than it should.


The card backs may look symmetrical, but if you observe the corners closely, you'll see that all four suits are represented, which results in a subtle one-way design.

The Ace of Spades is my favourite card, courtesy of its gorgeous illustration of a bicycle inside the giant two-tone pip. In fact, all the Aces are stunning examples of clean and stylized design.


Perhaps my favourite feature of the original Red Wheel and Blue Wheel decks were the pips, which were split in half and used metallic gold for the Red deck and metallic silver for the Blue deck.

The split-pip design continues here, with a dark metallic gold used along with classic black for the Spade/Club pips, and a lighter metallic gold paired with the classic red for the Heart/Diamond pips.


The result is a classic and stylish look, and the metallic gold accents really are a wonderful touch that creates an overall appearance of luxury and style.


Like the classy siblings that preceded it, the Black Wheel deck is a modern classic that should be well received by all.



These new designs from Art of Play continue Art of Play's stellar reputation in producing wonderful decks for card magic and card flourishing, as well as novelty designs, with the Optical Illusion deck being an especially fine example of the latter. By collaborating with world class artists and creative thinkers, Dan and Dave Buck continue to ensure that their growing catalogue includes fresh new designs that are the kind of thing that consumers today are looking for.

Not only do these decks feature the best in looks, but as always the creativity of the designs is matched by quality materials and tuck boxes. High quality embossed air-cushioned cards ensure durability as well as smooth handling and consistent performance. The above decks are prime examples of the high quality designs that Art of Play is contributing to the playing card industry.

Whether your interest is in card games, card magic, card flourishing, or even just card collecting, you're almost certain to find some treasures in Art of Play's growing collection, and the decks reviewed here are fine examples of what they offer. If you enjoy quality playing cards, puzzles, or games, then you definitely need to check out whether they can help improve the tools in your hands when you are at play. After all, these guys have turned play into an art!


What to learn more? Check out Art of Play:
- Official website:
- Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest

Direct links for items featured in this review series:
New series: The Harmony Collection (Sea, Land, Air, Space)
Continued series: DKNG Black Wheels, Peau Doux (Silver Edition), NOC Colorgrades (Desert Orange + Tropic Green)
New stand-alone: Illusion d'Optique
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