Card Radar: Calavera Playing Cards by Cartamundi

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Card Radar: Calavera Playing Cards by Cartamundi

In 2015, the Calavera Playing Cards by Cartamundi was unveiled as part of a lifestyle-branded playing card decks aimed at the teenage and young adult market and retailed for £3.99.

The Calavera deck is a rather minimal approach to the day of the dead theme, a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; honoring both death and the cycle of life.

The bold eye-catching graphic elements and vibrant colors accentuate the theme and the uniqueness of the deck.

According to designer Jirs Huygen,
This is why we chose to do this deck, as one of the first custom decks for Cartamundi. The design is based on the colorful papeles people make as decoration for the day of the dead. I chose the minimal approach because the lightness of the cardboard is a perfect balance to the bold black sugar skull figures and bright colorful elements that make up the imagery on the court cards.

The deck is fully custom, from the card backs to the Aces, pips, to the bold courts and jokers. This distinctive deck is now available from

Card Radar: Calavera Playing Cards by Cartamundi Reviewed by Ivan on 9/13/2016 Rating: 5

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