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3 Tips For Starting Your Playing Card Collection

Posted by Reid Carlberg on

Collecting playing cards can be a fun and surprising hobby that's easy to share with other people.  If you've thought about dipping your toes into this world, read on!

Everyone starts their playing card collection for a different reason.  I started mine by accident. I stumbled on some Kickstarters back in 2014 or so, and I loved the idea of affordable and unique pieces of art that I could also use and share with my friends on a regular basis.

Now, Kickstarter worked for me because I was already using it to back some innovative projects as part of my work in the Internet of Things space.  But Kickstarter campaigns can be unpredictable and even the best can take quite some time to actually deliver.  If you're new to collecting, there are lots of great decks you can start with.

Some things to consider as you build your collection:

Will you be using the cards, or simply collecting them?  Simply collecting them is just fine, and it will actually make your collecting easier.  If you're planning to use them for cardistry, you'll want to consider the card back design and how it appears when it's fanned out.  If you're planning to use them for game play, you'll want to consider how easy it is to quickly read the cards during a game.  

What themes are you interested in?  Card decks are often built around themes.  Some are serious, some are light hearted.  If you're primarily interested in dragons, there are decks for that, just as there are for various mythologies and legends.

How much do you want to invest in your card collection?  Almost all cards produced today are high quality, but decks can cost anywhere from $5 to $50 or more.  If you're just getting started, you can easily sample some beautiful cards in the $5-7 range, and then invest in more unique decks as you get to know what you like.

With those tips in mind, here are some decks I recommend:

* If you have young kids, checkout the Purple Rainbow Unicorn deck. It's fun, beautiful and inexpensive.

* If you like the Marvel franchise, check out the Theory 11 Avengers deck. The purple metallic foil on the outside is just as awesome as the art inside.

* If you're looking for a more opinionated start, check out Super Bees from Ellusionist.