Texan No.45 “Palmettos”

IMG_0701For the first post in the return to Deck Review I have decided to go with a deck that is uniquely Canadian.

Back in the 1970’s the International Playing Card Co. based out of Windsor, Ontario (and now Brampton, Ontario), designed and released a deck of playing cards that was not only uniquely Canadian but confusingly so. They launched the Texan No.45 decks lovingly nicknamed “Palmettos” in blue and red. Continue reading “Texan No.45 “Palmettos””

Reviews a Coming

IMG_0700I know this is starting to sound like a broken record but I wanted to let you know I have several reviews in progress but as part of the site’s reboot I am trying to dig a little further on these decks and contact creators about their decks.

Sometimes it takes some time to communicate and due to the nature of my job being a truck driver I am not available to post these reviews while I am on the road during the week.

Upcoming I have an oldie but something unique to the Canadian market. I also have a deck by Jackson Robinson of Kings Wild that’s his take on an older style USPCC deck.

Thanks for your patience once again.


Deck Review Update

Hey guys. I wanted to say hi to all the readers of this website. I appreciate all the continued support. It means a lot to me to see this blog get as much traffic as it does.

Obviously you have noticed a lack of updates here and this has been for a good reason. While I have not lost  interest in playing cards my focus has  shifted to my new technology/gaming website RedBlueGreen.ca. This is a bit of a rebirth of a blog I ran about 10 years ago. On my new website I record podcasts with some friends and write about news and products we have used. Feel free to pop on over and check the new site out. 

As for Deck Review I plan in the near future to bring this site out of hiatus and back to a semi-regularly updated site. I have hundreds of decks to review and would love to share my thoughts on them with you all. 

Again, thanks for hanging in there and I hope to share some more with you soon. 


Denexa Adventurer’s Pack

IMG_0588A rather new player in the playing card arena, Denexa has been producing plastic playing cards for the past few years and are trying to move in to the big time with the likes of Bicycle Prestige, Kem and Copag. Can they bring a good enough game to compete? Let’s take a look at an Adventurer’s Pack produced by Denexa.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Scott Nazelrod, President of Denexa Games contacted me and asked if he could send me a deck to review. I agreed and so here we are. Continue reading “Denexa Adventurer’s Pack”

Plenty More to Come


So here we are again. I’ve made some posts and I hope you enjoyed them. There are so many decks I have to review and so little time to do so. I have more to come including the Infinity Edition Alienink deck, Density, Bad Robot (mystery deck), Deckstarter, Hi My Name is Mark, Smoke and Mirrors private reserve. I could go on but there really are too many.

Let me know what you would like to see first and I will do my best to oblige the next time I get some more reviews up.

Gold Artifice by Ellusionist


Designed by Ellusionist as the pinnacle of the Artifice collection and is only available to Black Club members. They are produced by the USPCC. This is going to be a short review as it feels I have reviewed these before many times.

Design-wise there isn’t much to say. Where other decks have been green, blue, purple and so on this deck is gold. They handle the same as the previous decks, which is good. The tuck box has a sort of matte finish on the black and the other details are all gold foil.

The only real issue I take with this deck is the fact there is no gold colouring to the jokers. I feel Ellusionist missed a huge opportunity here especially since the deck is as limited as it is.


BACK – 6/10
FACE – 5/10
FINISH – 8/10

So? The performance coating makes for a slippery finish which is nice for performers sometimes but I find it distracting. At least it is a Bicycle stock. They missed the boat on the jokers and that hurts the score a bit. I do like the deck overall and have the maximum seven that can be ordered in my collection. I don’t expect these to appreciate in value though. I think people are sick of the Artifice deck at this point.

Federal 52 Collection by Kings Wild Project


If you have not heard of this collection you probably have not been part of the card collecting or magic community for long. The decks in this collection have awed many a person and commanded a hefty sum in the aftermarket. The successful Kickstarter campaign led to one of the most beautiful collections ever created and inspired by currency.

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