Introducing Exquisite! From Expert Playing Card Company.
Old or New? Yes!
A few years ago when we started to get the itch to create modern versions of decks from the golden age of playing cards (1860-1920) our first stop was at the great temple for all things related to playing card collecting, Tom and Judy Dawson’s place in Toronto.
Among a number of really cool and rare decks offered to us was this amazing deck called Exquisite. The Dawson’s told us that this deck from about 1895 or so and produced by the Union Playing Card Company of New York was, as far as they knew, a one of kind. No other example had ever turned up anywhere.
The sideways tuck was love at first sight!
The back design that Union used wasn’t as much fun so we decided to replace it with a really beautiful back that had also originally come from the Art Nouveau period.
What we have now is the result of that day with Tom and Judy (and many many other great days with them!), Asi Wind’s great eye in picking out the back design and Lawrence Sullivan’s help in getting the factory that made the Legends (a true instant classic) to make our sideways tuck.
Two editions of Exquisite.
We are releasing 800 decks of the Ultra rare Red edition which is a reversal of the original artwork and printed in a deep, rich metallic red. The sideways tuck is foil stamped on all sides. This deck comes in a custom Pack Jacket made only for this deck and release and not for sale separately. Because of the amount of work and care that went into this deck we are charging $14.95 a deck including the exclusive Pack Jacket and postpaid anywhere in the U.S.
Our worker edition of this deck is made of the original back design (not reversed), printed in metallic blue and it also has a sideways tuck completely done in a beautiful blue foil. These are $5.95 per deck.
These two decks represent a breakthrough in quality and card handling. We used the same Taipei factory and same paper and coating as the Legends which is a very good start.
Because of our ink choice and coverage the result is that our New Exquisite decks handle the best of any deck we have yet produced. The paper is thin and firm and the coating allows even the unskilled to fan them. Even though the paper, coating and all other factors are the same the way the ink is used makes these cards feel different and better than anything else we’ve done.
The edges of these cards are so perfectly cut that anyone who can even begin to faro cards can faro these either face down or face up. The edge is so perfect and precise that there is no longer any need to talk about traditional cut cards. (Traditional cut refers to our genius friend Richard Turner’s discovery that cards from USPCC that are cut while face down will faro bottom up more easily.)
The printing quality of this factory is superior to anyone else we know. They are such skilled printers that they can get the cards into registration that almost seems impossible. The first thing you will notice is that the white border on the Exquisites is so thin and beautiful that the cards almost look like they are bigger than normal cards! Of course they are not but they do create that illusion. Our borders are less than 2mm at the corners (normal are 5mm or more) and yet if you reverse a card the width of the white border never changes. This is just not possible at any other factory that we know of.
We Guarantee you will love them.
You will love these cards or we will give your money back. If you buy Exquisite cards from us and don’t like them for any reason we will allow you to return all unopened (and salable) decks for a full refund (excluding postage both ways).
The Expert Playing Card Company is serious about quality and originality and we are open to all inquiries about producing custom cards for you. We know a great deal about the best card factories around the world. If you are an Expert and you want great cards you need to come to us.