Historical decks are nothing new to playing cards, they've been presented in many different ways and covered a huge array of events. In the early boom of completely custom playing cards, Jackson Robinson and Kings Wild Projects released The Independence.
Inspired by the American Revolution, the series consists of two decks representing both the Continentals and British. The Blue version in the set represents the Continentals, while the Red represents the Crown.
Both decks feature Jackson's signature style and include multiple diptych panels that are striking all on their own. The courts feature famous historical features such as Thomas Jefferson and King George III. The court design is also enhanced by some beautiful line work in the corner framing that carries down the side of the card.
The face cards have nicely designed pips with another KWP feature, the watermark design in the background. The slightly "weathered" color and look of the cards really works well with the concept and design. The tuck cases reflect elements found on the back design as well as silver foil accents and embossing on a soft matte base. Independence was released in two variations, the Standard Edition and the Limited Edition.
The Limited Edition decks feature a more detailed back designs as well as a more elaborate design for the Ace of Spades. The packaging was also upgraded with custom fold over tuck cases, wrapped in vintage style vellum and to tie it all together a nice "Belly Band" signed by Jackson Robinson.
Independence is not only a beautiful set of playing cards, it's a wonderful conversation piece. The historical concept behind it with its detailed courts cards and two card panels is sure to draw attention. I'm a big fan of Jackson's style, it's been copied and redone quite a bit since the release of Independence, but as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Independence also had a hand crafted four deck presentation case available which make the set a beautiful center piece .
As playing cards go, The Independence Series holds more to it than just a custom designed set of playing cards, the work and design reflects the history behind the concept really well. If your a history buff and like playing cards, this is a no brainer............even if you don't like playing cards and your a history buff, you should take the time to check out The Independence.