Five Ninety Seven Playing Cards were created for customers who need a high-quality deck of playing cards for every day use. Practicality was our focus when designing this deck.
The back design is what we’ve always imagined an every day Joker and the Thief deck to be like - stripped back and bold! Its vintage aesthetic is enticing and provides character. Number 597 refers to our Founder James’ lucky number 5, and his birth year 1997. It is also a nod to standard vintage decks that were allocated a number to their back design. The now out-of-print Steamboats were designated No. 999. This Joker and the Thief deck is allocated number 597.
Our insignia rests in the centre of the design, providing weight and presence. This simple design element adds a sense of weight to your Cardistry performances. It gives the eyes a reference point to track the cards as they move effortlessly between your hands. The borders are thick and distressed providing an extra edge of detail.
To compliment the functional aesthetic, this deck is optimised for how it feels when you use it. It utilises our Crushed Performance Stock in tandem with our Linen Glide Finish. This results in a remarkably thin stock with superior handling, while retaining the durability our decks are known for.
Our Crushed Performance stock begins life as two sheets of FSC-Certified paper. They are passed through a press with a black glue core sticking them together. We specify a higher pressure than normal during this process. This results in a remarkably thin stock with superior handling, while retaining the durability our decks are known for.
We utilise a special finish on the surface of our cards. It is applied to the paper's surface by linen rollers, creating dimples that form air pockets between each card. This allows your playing cards to glide and spread with absolute ease.
Each deck features a security seal, so that you know your cards have not been tampered with. Our seals are perforated, providing an easy way to open your new deck and preserve the seal's art without the need for sharp objects.
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Picked, packed and posted by our world class fulfilment centre in San Diego, California. We ensure that your decks are securely packaged with the protection they deserve. Have confidence knowing that your order will arrive safe and sound!
Quality is our highest priority. That's why we only use the best manufacturers in the world. Our cards and boxes are printed in the United States with industry leading quality. The factory we use has 130 years of playing card printing experience. They know their stuff!