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Contraband Playing Cards

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  • Precision-crafted playing cards featuring unique designs
  • Exacting manufacture designed for use by magicians
  • Of course, they work as regular playing cards, too


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With how open our society generally is, playing cards are one of the few things in the U.S. that could have been contraband goods over the years. If you got a deck from the late 1800s up to 1965, it would have had a tax stamp on it if it were legally produced (or a free-of-tax stamp if it were produced for use outside the grasp of the IRS). 

The Contraband status of these cards, however, relies only on that being what theory11 calls them, not the presence or absence of the tax stamp. They redesigned every single card in the deck with this set, taking their inspiration from "secret societies, conspiracy theories, and everything unknown." The black tuck case features gold foil embossing, and has a special black foil design on the interior. Shh. That's a secret.

Product Specifications 
  • Contraband Playing Cards
  • Designed in the United Kingdom by Joe White
  • Every single playing card within the Contraband deck was designed from scratch
  • Inspired by secret societies, conspiracy theories, and everything unknown
  • Tuck case interior has a black foil design - the lines of the inner flap construct (literally!) a face of mystery
  • Materials: FSC-certified, ECF paper derived from sustainable forests using vegetable-based inks
  • Dimensions: 3.5" x 2.6" x 0.7"
  • Includes deck, embossed tuck case, 2 identical custom Jokers, a custom Ace of Spades, and a double-backed gaff card
  • Made in the U.S.A.

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