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Unique and Interesting Playing Cards

Updated on June 18, 2014

Cool Playing Cards

Unusual and cool playing cards including Harry Potter, Obama, Angry Birds, princesses, Star Wars, superheroes, Bruce Lee and more. I know how often cards get used in my house and some of the favorite decks are ones that are novelty.

In addition, if you like magic, I also have a video to teach you a simple magic trick. Whether played alone or with others, cards are an inexpensive way to have hours and hours of fun. I love a calming game of solitaire or gathering up my kids for a variety of different games.

Cards image by nickstone333 at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Star Wars Double Deck

Star Wars has captured our hearts and imagination for decades and will continue to do so. Both of my sons are big fans and can't wait for the new trilogy to come out.

Star Wars Heros & Villains Illustrated Double Deck Playing Cards in Tin
Star Wars Heros & Villains Illustrated Double Deck Playing Cards in Tin

This set comes with two decks of cards. One deck is filled with your favorite Star Wars heroes such as Luke Skywalker, Yoda and Princess Leah. The other is comprised of villains like the Sith Lord and Bounty Hunter. They come in a tin which will help to keep the cards safe.

 

Marvel Superheroes Cards

Superheroes have never been bigger and my family are fans of many of the Marvel characters.

Marvel Characters Playing Cards _ Assort #2 _ 4 Unique Decks
Marvel Characters Playing Cards _ Assort #2 _ 4 Unique Decks

Have fun with four different superheroes in this Marvel collection. Each one features one superhero and the decks include Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and Xmen. The cards are plastic coated to make them long lasting.

 

DC Comics and Batman Cards

Marvel isn't the only company that has card sets. My oldest son is a big Batman fan and DC comics doesn't disappoint.

DC COMICS Themed Playing Cards _ Assort #1 _ Bundle 4 Unique Decks
DC COMICS Themed Playing Cards _ Assort #1 _ Bundle 4 Unique Decks

Batman fans can enjoy four decks of cards in this series which includes Batman Heroes, Batman Villains, Batman DC and The Joker. Several of the cards here are recreations of the actual comic book covers.

 

Dancers Playing Cards

Dancing is such a beautiful form of art. When entertaining, I find it nice to have some upscale playing cards and find these to be quite beautiful.

Dancers in Blue / Dancers in Pink - Double Deck Playing Cards
Dancers in Blue / Dancers in Pink - Double Deck Playing Cards

The gorgeous images on these cards are courtesy of Edgar Degas and as you can see. his art is featured on both the front and the back of the cards. Isn't it elegant?

 

Celebrity Playing Cards

Marilyn Monroe Playing Cards
Marilyn Monroe Playing Cards

This deck contains 52 different images of one of America's most beloved Hollywood leading ladies. The deck is 100% licensed.

 
Bruce Lee Playing Cards
Bruce Lee Playing Cards

Bruce Lee certainly took the world by storm with his martial arts skill. The deck you see here has 52 pictures of your favorite martial arts hero.

 
Elvis Gold Playing Card Gift Tin
Elvis Gold Playing Card Gift Tin

Are you an Elvis fan or do you know one? This double set of cards comes with a total of 104 different images of the heartthrob that brought the world such songs as Love Me Tender and Heartbreak Hotel. Both decks come in a decorative tin.

 

Angry Birds Star Wars Cards

If you're on Facebook, then you are probably familiar with the series of Angry Birds games. My kids and I have had lots of fun playing online. The Star Wars version is very popular right now.

Angry Birds Star Wars Playing Cards _ Bundle of 4 Decks in 4 Colorful Tins
Angry Birds Star Wars Playing Cards _ Bundle of 4 Decks in 4 Colorful Tins

You get a set of four decks of cards in this bundle. Each deck contains the same images, but each cover of a tin is different. Also included is each tin is a bonus 3D collector's card.

 

Disney Princesses Cards

Our family loves Disney and my girls have enjoyed the Disney princesses. Heck, I do, too! It's just too hard for me to pick one favorite, although Cinderella will always hold a special place in my heart.

Disney Princess Oversized Playing Cards
Disney Princess Oversized Playing Cards

These cards feature your favorite princesses such as Snow White, Belle and Sleeping Beauty. This deck is particularly good for younger girls as the cards are oversized.

 

Things to do with Playing Cards

Deck of Cards
Deck of Cards

Besides playing numerous card games, there are many other things you can do with playing cards. You can build a house of cards. You can also get a hat or a basket and play a game to see who can flick the cards into the basket or hat.

When my kids were learning basic math, I found that games were a great way for them to learn. Cards are one way to do this. Remove all jacks, queens, kings and jokers. In this case, ace counts as one. Kids can draw 2 cards and have to add them together. You can do the same thing with subtraction. For older kids, they can draw two cards and multiply them together.

Cards can also be used for fortune telling or for a variety of magic tricks. I know I have delighted my kids over the years with magic. If you are interested in learning some magic tricks, check out the book below. Also, I have a video below you might enjoy.

Cards image by geirkirkeby at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Magic Card Tricks

Encyclopedia of Card Tricks
Encyclopedia of Card Tricks

If you like magic and enjoy card tricks, then you should check this out. There are over 600 tricks that will delight kids and adults alike. Amazon users rate it pretty high.

 

Simple Card Trick

This trick is very easy, but is sure to impress.

In less than 5 minutes, you can learn an easy card trick. Check it out!

Animal Playing Cards

Kittens / Kittens at Play - Double Deck Playing Cards
Kittens / Kittens at Play - Double Deck Playing Cards

Aren't these faces beautiful? What I really liked about this double deck is that a portion of the sales goes to PAWS, which is the People & Animal Welfare Society.

 
Dogs Playing Cards
Dogs Playing Cards

This cute deck features all different classes of dogs from around the world including working class and utility, along with some of the most popular breeds.

 
The Famous Ocean Life Playing Cards
The Famous Ocean Life Playing Cards

Experience an underwater adventure with these cards that depict life in the ocean. This is a particulalry fun way to introduce kids to these amazing creatures.

 
DINOSAUR PLAYING CARDS - 52 DIFFERENT IMAGES WITH IDENTIFICATION
DINOSAUR PLAYING CARDS - 52 DIFFERENT IMAGES WITH IDENTIFICATION

Not only are these cards fun to play with, they are also educational. Each plastic coated card comes with information on each dinosaur including its diet, size and time period.

 

Obama Playing Cards

Obama Presidential Playing Cards
Obama Presidential Playing Cards

Are you a fan of politics or know someone who is? If so, you can have the President by your side as you gather up people for an evening of cards.

 

Shakespeare Playing Cards

Shakespeare "Quotes" Playing Cards
Shakespeare "Quotes" Playing Cards

What makes this deck truly unique is that each card presents a quote from Shakespeare. These quotes cover every play he has ever written. This deck is quite inspirational.

 

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Lord of the Rings Playing Cards

We are Lord of the Rings fans in my household, so you can imagine how much fun we have with these cards.

Lord of the Rings Double Deck of Playing Cards in Colorful collector's tin
Lord of the Rings Double Deck of Playing Cards in Colorful collector's tin

These standard size, plastic coated cards are illustrated on one side, with standard looking card faces on the other. As an added bonus, this two deck set comes with 5 white dice.

 

Movie Playing Cards

Harry Potter Cards by Cartamundi
Harry Potter Cards by Cartamundi

My son has to be Harry Potter's #1 fan and he loves this deck of cards. It covers The Deathly Halllows Part 1 and each card has a different picture on it.

 
Thor The Dark World Movie Playing Cards
Thor The Dark World Movie Playing Cards

Between his own movies and The Avengers, Thor is quite popular right now. The images on these cards come from his latest movie.

 
Indiana Jones Movies Saga Playing Cards
Indiana Jones Movies Saga Playing Cards

All four of Indy's movies are included in this deck. I can hear the theme song playing in my head as I write this. These movies were all so much fun.

 

Unusual Cards

These are from eBay. Look for some good deals.

What do you think would make a unique deck of cards?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Zeross4: Sounds like fun.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I recently started playing "magic the gathering" card game with my fiance and I really love it, these were also some very great ideas!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @DeborahDian: They do make things more interesting.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      My playing cards are all pretty normal. I'm going to have to get a fun deck of cards!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Oh that sounds really cool. I would love to see those.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      There is a series of books written by Roger Zelazny (amber Series) where characters use special deck of cards to travel through time and places. I want one of these for Christmas!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @DuaneJ: That would be very unique.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: I haven't heard of spider solitaire. I will have to look into it.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Lorelei Cohen: I agree.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @marvins: I really like to play cards, too.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @notsuperstitious1: Both are really nice.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @cpa13: Thanks!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @favored: Cool! I hope it goes well.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Sorry, I didn't answer the question. I think a "periodic table of the elements" deck of cards would be kinda cool.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @sousababy: Good idea for the intellects or to help teach the tables.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @sousababy: There are really a lot.

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      DuaneJ 3 years ago

      I think the British Royal Family would make a unique deck of cards.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I haven't got a unique deck of cards but you have a interesting lens here that gives us many ideas.I have always played card, now I play by myself on the computer, my most popular game is spider solitaire, I find it very relaxing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I am always amazed by the sheer number of cool items out there. These cards are amazing. The Lord of the Rings cards would be very fun.

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      marvins 3 years ago

      wow I love to play cards and the tricks is just and amazing :) boom .

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      Edith Rose 3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reminding me of a unique Christmas Gift. Have no idea why I did not think of playing cards. I want the Lord Of The Rings set of playing cards. Also like the one with the kittens.

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      cpa13 3 years ago

      Neat card trick!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Some neat cards. I'm going to try that trick on my hubby now. Think I got it? :)

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      They make a great stocking stuffer - and I had no idea there were soooo many kinds. Thanks for a wonderful selection.