In honor of Erik Mana's Buskers coming along real soon I thought we could look at one of his previous decks. Erik has been one of my favorite designers since the beginning. The Oracle Edition was a beautiful deck with it's metallic inks and beautiful design. The Zinfandel follows that same tradition quite well. A beautifully designed tuck case with a burgundy interior, gold embossed accents and just enough "Style" to make it eye catching. The back design is intricate and colorful, and I really like that Erik went beyond the "Straight" borders, they are fluid and have an Aristocrat look without the confines of a "Frame".
The face cards, courts and AoS are all custom, the courts and Red suits pull from the Burgundy color used inside the tuck and back design bringing the deck together really well. The deck also comes with it's own little mystery that you will need to work at to solve and unlock the decks hidden features.
All in all a striking package with a great look and feel. The Zinfandel was available via Kickstarter along with it's companion the Indigo deck. A limited print run will appeal to collectors, but the familiarity and handling will broaden their appeal to cardists, magicians and aficionados. You can still pick these up on the ManaPlayingCards website.
You can view the Mana Indigo HERE
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