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Royal Vortex Gold Foil Playing Cards Gemaco
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A great illusion and a deck of cards at the same time!

Here's a special collectors' deck to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of PlayingCardDecks and the launch of the Pip Box Club subscription service. This ultra-rare optical illusion inspired deck is suitable for casual use in games, cardistry, and magic tricks. It is not a worker's deck but is fully functional for those special occasions when the shimmer of gold is warranted.

Warning: Don't look too closely, for too long -- you may get dizzy in the "Royal Vortex."


  • Printed by Gemaco in USA
  • Fine European paper stock
  • Poker size
  • Smooth ivory finish
  • Standard Gemaco faces
  • Gold foil on full bleed black back
  • 52 cards + 2 Jokers
  • Custom tuck case with reveal
  • Ultra-rare, onetime 500 print run
  • Loose plastic seal
  • 2018 release

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 6th, 2018
I was excited to get these cards because I love Gemaco Gembacks. But the printing on these was not done seems like the foil chipped off leaving a glitter like smear on the cards. Not a good quality deck.
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Cards with enormous gold foil bling on the backs! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 30th, 2018
The Royal Vortex deck is a very special deck, because was created to help mark the first anniversary of PlayingCardDecks in April this year. This special promotional deck was made in a super limited print run of only 500 units. It was a special "mystery deck" reward that was first offered to supporters who participated in the launch of the Pip Box Club (a monthly subscription service which gives members an opportunity to get decks, samples, and more, at a discounted rate), but is now available for separate purchase.

The deck immediately impresses with its custom tuck box, which has artwork that is deliberately designed to give the impression of an optical illusion, with mis-shaped letters that look like they are distorted and warped in a psychedelic fashion. It also introduces the gold and black colour scheme that is the most striking feature of this deck, especially on the card backs.

The artist of this deck goes by the name Azured Ox, who also created the Friendly Felines deck, and that's why Azured Ox is written on the tuck flap, along with a King of Spades card reveal.

The card faces are standard, but that's not why we came to this deck in the first place - we want to see the card backs! These are filled with striking gold foil, and the eye-catching nature of these is amplified further by the intriguing graphic design, which is geared to draw you in and bend your mind with a vortex shaped pattern that creates a kind of optical illusion and can look as if it is moving. I would have preferred to have borders that were similar in size on all sides, but there's no doubt that this is a card back that will get attention!

This special collector's deck was printed by Gemaco. As a result, the faces all have the standard Gemaco artwork, including an attractive oversized pip on the Ace of Spades, and two Gemaco Jokers (one in colour, the other in black and white). But that doesn't make the face cards uninteresting, because the court cards do have quite a different look from the standard Bicycle ones. I find them quite appealing, while still having a classic look. The number cards look quite traditional, and no short cuts have been taken here; notice the stylish and elegant shape of the Diamond pips.

The black card backs do mean that you can expect to see signs of wear more quickly than with white bordered cards, but that's a small price to pay for so much bling, especially since the black background helps make the hotstamped gold foil look all the more impressive.

The card stock is described as "Fine European Stock", and springs very nicely, and the cards faro fine too. It has Gemaco's smooth Ivory finish, and the absence of embossing does mean that they won't fan evenly, and can also feel somewhat slippery with the foil.

This isn't intended to be a deck you'd normally use for a serious game of cards, but it certainly is ideal for the time you want to make an instant statement of luxury, and to impress people with lots of gold bling! - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
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