The difference between a pirate and a corsair is not trivial. Although both are fearsome sailors who attack and loot other ships, the corsairs do it with a permit granted by a government (the Letter of marque) while the pirates do it just for pure personal enrichment. William Kidd was tried and executed as a pirate although some historians claim that he was a corsair of William II of England. Be that as it may, the adventures of Captain Kidd across the Indian Ocean have become a legend and this time they have also served as inspiration for a new deck of cards: CARIBBEAN WIND. SVI Group has already offered us three campaigns full of adventure, history and excitement and now they come back to the crowdfunding stage with two decks that go through the golden age of piracy. Keeping t..
Wild West Playing Cards. The decks that will cross the MississippiThe nineteenth century was a particularly convulsive time during the expansion of the border of the United States of America towards the Pacific Ocean coast. The colonization meant an big technological advance and a fundamental historical fact in the development of the United States but, at the same time, a bloody exploitation and oppression of ethnic minorities. This historical process has been the inspiration of all kinds of artistic expressions, headed by the Western movies genre. Playing cards design could not be less and there have been several artists who have used it for their illustrations. The most recent of these creations are the WILD WEST decks.Produced by SVI Group, after succesfuly launched and ..
June 4, 2019. Belgium, Turnhout. Cartamundi, the biggest manufacturer of playing cards in Europe, announces the acquisition of American (and, in many ways, worldwide) market leader - the United States Playing Card Company. Seemingly, everyone was caught by surprise with the news. Recently the USPCC has enriched its portfolio by acquiring Spanish Fournier. Since then basically only three big players on the market were left: USPCC, Cartamundi and Legends Playing Card Co. (including all of its deviations, which print cards on the Taiwanese factory). By purchasing the US-based manufacturer with a rich 150-year history, Cartamundi stands on the edge of becoming a monopolist in the industry. Many, from casinos and collectors to magicians and cardists,..