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COBRA Playing Cards

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COBRA is illustrated by the supremely talented Rick Davidson. It was inspired by some of our favorite decks, including DMC's Elites and the industry-changing Monarchs deck from theory11.

It is housed in a gorgeous, soft touch burgundy 330gsm tuck box complete with gold foil COBRA logo and detailing. Traditional faces and numbers, coupled with gold metallic inks on the courts and backs, make COBRA Playing Cards a premium deck made to be used. For magicians, the deck includes a blank face card and a double backer.

Printed using Cartamundi's B9 Cardistry stock (incredibly, it improves with each release!). It has a lovely soft feel and finish, yet is very durable.

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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 hood.

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.

OTHER CUSTOMIZATION: 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!

RECOMMENDATION: The 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 EndersGame
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 21st, 2019
I have some issues with these cards but it's purely a matter of taste so I'm still giving them four stars because of the generally high quality.

Edges are very smooth yet well defined and perfect for handling and double pickups. The finish is the best I've ever felt with a linen texture on the heavy side that does not interfere with generally smooth handling. The artwork and box is the best I have ever seen in a deck and the backs are my favorites even more than Monarchs.

I like the feel of the Cartamundi paper stock better than USPCC stock and the cards are a bit on the soft side which will make springs and shuffles easier with these cards.

Now for the bad news. These cards are curved, a lot. As much as drug store USPCC Bicycle cards, though in the opposite direction. The slight curve of the Monarchs or DB White Lions are acceptable, but these are too much.

I really wanted to love these cards due to the high quality in all other areas, so I ordered them from two different web sites and both decks were equally curved, so much so that both decks click when you press the center.

I'm still giving them four stars since if Cobra can get Cartamundi to give them a better paper run then these would literally be the perfect playing cards.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 10th, 2018
These cards are great. The true linen B9 finish is fantastic. Not to mention the beautiful artwork, enhanced with the gold ink. Hands down some of my favourite cards!!
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