OVERVIEW: Produced by JP Games Ltd, the Cobra Playing Cards deck is going to please almost everyone
who likes playing cards, whether as a collector, card player, magician, or card flourisher. These
cards have been illustrated by Rick Davidson. He has designed many other amazing decks, including
the LUXX Palme and the LUXX Greille, and has done a fantastic job on this deck as well. The theme of
course is the cobra, a venomous snake known for responding to threats by rearing up and producing a
TUCK BOX: The tuck box for the Cobra deck is a nice burgundy red colour. It has a
great tactile feel to it, being soft and smooth to touch, and has been made to be lasting and
durable. Elegant embossing on both the front and back of the tuck box creates the shape of a cobra
rearing up. The embossing job is very well done, with gold foil accents enhancing the cobra on the
front of the box. On the front of the box also has the name of the deck - Cobra - in a fancy and
elegant gold foil font below. The gold foil looks amazing on the red colour box, and the fact that
only a minimal amount has been used helps make it all the more eye-catching and appealing. Also of
note is the fact that along the sides of the box there is an embossed gold foil line, which ends in
a cobra’s head at the top of the tuck box.
BACK DESIGN: The overall design and shapes of
the Cobra deck has been inspired by the DCM’s Elites and the Monarchs. For the back design, the
primary feature consists of two cobras with their tails entwined and rearing up from the card.
Around this are also some cobras biting one another’s tails, while cobras also line the edge of the
card. The red of the card back design matches that of the box, which creates internal unity - always
a plus for a strong deck design. The borders and circular centre mean that each card has a clear
distinction from others, which helps for packet cuts and other cardistry moves. The circular centre
helps enhance cardistry moves that involve the turning of cards and packets and creates a central
point of focus on the cards. The single colour back design also means that the cards are not
distracting for card games or for card magic. The design is still very classy and intricate, yet not
too much so that it becomes distracting. It is a perfect combination of class and simplicity. If the
design was too intricate it would be too distracting, and yet if it was less customized and designed
it would be too boring. This all makes the card back design ideal for the whole range of uses of
cards: cardistry, card magic or card Games.
COURT CARDS: The faces of the cards are
relatively standard, aside for a few modifications to the court cards, the Ace of Spades, and the
Jokers. The court cards use a metallic gold ink which keeps them very useable yet adds more class
and beauty to the recognizable design. The gold metallic ink used combines with black and red to
create a very classy look.
ACE OF SPADES: The Ace of Spades is custom and is composed of
two cobras rearing up at each other. Once again, gold metallic ink assists to complete a luxurious
and stylish look.
JOKERS: The two Jokers each picture a cobra rearing up, which fits
naturally into the theme of the deck, and is perfect touch for this deck. They aren't identical,
with the lettering on the one being black, and red on the other.
There is some small customization with the pips as well, which are slightly modified and are larger
than standard. This makes them much bolder on the card, as they stand out and are more easier
noticed. The indices are also very bold and large, making the cards easy to read and ideal for card
magic or games, even when holding a large hand of cards.
EXTRA CARDS: The deck also comes
with a double backer and blank gaff card, both of which are perfect for magicians, and a welcome
addition to the deck.
CARD QUALITY: The Cobra Playing Cards have been printed by
Cartamundi, a large publishing company with an established reputation in publishing games, but which
has only recently entered the cardistry and magic communities with high quality decks. These have
been printed on the company’s B9 Cardistry stock, which has also been used for the recent and widely
hailed Cardistry Touch deck as well as the amazing Butterfly Playing Cards. These cards combine to
make up one of the thickest decks I have seen, and yet they are the softest ever. Straight out of
the box, these cards handle perfectly, requiring no breaking in whatsoever. Yet the deck has been
holding up extremely well so far, and despite fairly intense use it has gone the distance with no
obvious signs of wear - a somewhat surprising outcome because usually this proves to be an issue
with softer decks. What is also unique about the finish is that the embossing pattern on the card
faces is different than the embossing pattern on the card backs, and this allows the cards to slide
perfectly over one another for fans and spreads. The cards have a very smooth cut, resulting in
perfect and smooth edges, unlike what I've seen with some USPCC cards. All this together makes this
deck a privilege to handle, and you won’t stop enjoying using it!
Cobra Playing Cards are great for anyone who might need a deck of cards. For magicians it has
standard faces and a non-distracting back and handles perfectly straight out of the box. For
cardists, it features a super soft stock while still fanning and spreading evenly and smoothly, and
it has a clear back design that is ideal for cuts and a circular centre that is ideal for spins and
twirling maneuvers. For gamers this deck presents a unique and appealing back design with clear and
easy to read faces, and the softness makes it a joy to shuffle. Congratulations Paul Middleton and
JP Games on another fantastic and affordable design. Here's hoping that we'll see more predators
climbing out of the design box at JP Games. Even venomous creatures can have a soft and appealing
side, and it's not hard to love fine playing cards like these.
- BoardGameGeek reviewer
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