Transparent main image of the 597s playing cards by Joker and the Thief
A deck of vintage inspired playing cards spread face up on a wooden board. The green ace of spades is face up, half in the shadows, half in the light
A light ray leaks over a green deck of Joker and the Thief playing card being held in the palm of a hand. The centre of the back design displays the company logo.
Three traditional Arrco court cards lay on a wooden surface. The three cards consist of the queen of hearts, the king of clubs and the jack of diamonds
A 35mm film photograph displaying the Five Ninety Sevens Playing Cards spread on a wooden surface with a full bleed bright yellow playing card jutting out displaying the company logo.
A top down view of the interior of the 597 playing cards, revealing a bright yellow letterpress box interior. Two decks sit on a wooden surface beside the upright deck of playing cards
Three decks of Five Ninety-Seven playing cards displayed on a wooden surface. Clearly visible are the lettepressed embossing elements and the deck&
Three decks of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards stood up on their sides, revealing the company logo, illuminated by a ray of light.
The Joker Card and the Thief Card - two of the company&


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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.

The Five Ninety-Sevens utilise a premium letterpress processes to create heavy impressions onto our specialised paper stock. As you run your fingers over the surface of the tuck, you will feel incredible letterpress elements pressed deep into the paper. The interior of the box features a vibrant solid yellow ink. Our signature perforated seal ensures that your playing cards have not been tampered with. Its perforations allow you to conveniently break the seal while preserving the art work and preventing damage and sticky residue.

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Packed with Care

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!

Made in America

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!


The Performance Collection offers an unbeatable marriage of paper stock and finish. You’ve never felt cards quite like them. They’re undeniably crisp, and workable in your hands. All while providing superior durability - making them the ideal every day carry!


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.

the finishing touch

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.


All of our decks feature Anti-Cheat Glue Core Technology. Sandwiched between each card is a black glue, fusing both sheets of FSC-Certified Paper that forms our stock. This is a security feature that ensures any one card remains opaque when held up to bright light. Fair Play!

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