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Pedro Oyarbide Illustration Essay

To wrap it all up we've created something special. Everyone has seen theory11's box designs and they're just phenomenal. So the idea is to bring you the same eye candy with Joker and the Thief playing cards - here is the Tuck Case.

It is peppered with lavish touches, and adorned with silver foil, on matte finished paper. It is embossed on all sides, has a hot-stamped foil interior, and a perforated tax stamp seal

This will look amazing on your poker nights, pulling them out to perform to a spectator, residing on a shelf amonst your prized collection, or featured in an opening shot of one of your Cardistry Videos.

  • Thin Borders
  • Custom Pips and Fonts
  • Silver Metallic Inks (Faces and Backs)
  • Interior Tuck Case Printing and Foil Stamping
  • Exterior Tuck Case Embossing and Foil Coverage
  • Perforated Tax Stamp Seal with Metallic Ink
  • Matte Finish Paper
  • Classic Stock and Finish
  • Traditionally Cut


The Expert Playing Card Company will produce these playing cards. This is to ensure that you receive the highest quality product possible, and a deck of playing cards that is both incredibly durable and handles amazingly. Joker and the Thief Playing Cards will sport the highly acclaimed CLASSIC Stock and Finish. It will be traditionally cut to maximise performance. This praised finish has both the snappiness and durability of EPCC's previous decks combined with the more papery feel and slick finish of a traditional USPCC deck. It is the best of both worlds.


To ensure that your decks arrive safely and quickly, Art of Play will be fulfilling the Joker and the Thief deck. If you are not familiar with Art of Play, they are an offshoot of Dan and Dave Industries and have distributed pledges for campaigns such as Fontaine Cards and others.

Because Art of Play is handling the distribution of your playing cards:

  • Your shipping costs are lower.
  • You have peace of mind that your decks will arrive safe and sound.
  • Art of Play ship globally.
  • Take advantage of the Free Shipping options.

The Team Behind the Project

Hello! We are the team behind Joker and the Thief Playing Cards!

James Milaras & Reuben Nutt.

Thank you for visiting our campaign page. We are two young Australian Cardists, videographers and photographers that have huge love for all things playing cards. 

Back in 2012, we started up a YouTube channel called Joker and the Thief Card Deck Reviews. Now we collaborate with Art of Play. We got together on our weekends, and in our spare time to go out and location scout to shoot. We then edited in house, usually side by side, listening to music and fuelled by snacks. We had minimal equipment and a very small budget (if there really was one) Oh the joys of indie film making!

We sought to change the way deck reviews were made and in doing so, many adventures were had along the way. Since we didn't have a car at the time, our bikes and our legs were the main source of transport in our city, if we were to shoot on location. With little time, little transport, a budget of... not much, and our favourite Youtubers, Film Makers, and Cardists as our inspiration, we slowly but surely developed our skills. We had some truly memorable moments along the way. There was always this one thought though, "We are going to make our own deck of playing cards one day". One day...

So, it has been our dream for 4 years now to create our own deck of playing cards, and the opportunity has finally arisen! The day is finally here! 

BUT to make this dream a reality, we need your help! Help us breathe life into our creation and our dream, so that we can see it in the hands of people around the world. With your continued support we can make it to 100% and make this dream a reality. Pledge now. 

Testimonials and Ambassadors 

This Campaign 

The aim of this campaign is to keep everything as simple as possible. We want to create a seamless process that is uncomplicated so that we can eliminate as much confusion as possible. 

Since we are based in Australia, the campaign is funded in AUD (Australian Dollars). In each pledge option we have supplied the conversion to USD for your convenience. 

This campaign is for the Joker and the Thief Playing Cards, with an aim to produce 5000 decks. We're not cluttering it up with complicated stretch goals and complicated combos. We're keeping it simple and transparent. We like being on the same page as you guys! 

If you'd like to back more decks we have a simple add-on guide for you to follow! Its straight forward and easy to use - If you have any questions please don't hesitate to message us. 

This is our debut deck of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards. With your support we can continue to bring to you unique and custom designer playing cards.

  • The more decks you back, the cheaper they become.
  • We are offering 200 individual decks for all you early birds out there and other limited products.

**If you are a wholesaler and would like to enquire about stock for your store. Send us a message here or send an email to Jokerandthethief1@gmail.com. 


Here's a guide on what to do if you have one pledge option but want to get more decks!

Add-Ons Guide

Want the uncut sheet or a poster, or have a single deck and want more decks? Follow our add-on guide - and once you have adjusted your pledge, please make sure that you shoot us a message specifying exactly what you would like.

Example: U.S. Backer wants to add 6 more Decks of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards to their current pledge.

Current Pledge: $17AUD ($13USD) - 1 Deck of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards ADD: $87AUD ($66USD) (6 Decks) + $7AUD shipping to current pledge for a total of $111AUD.

Example: International Backer wants to add 6 more decks of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards to their current pledge.

Current Pledge: $17AUD ($13USD) + $15AUD (Shipping) - 1 Deck of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards. ADD: $87AUD ($66 USD) (6 Decks) + $24AUD (6 Decks Shipping total) to current pledge for a total of $143AUD. 

Just apply this to your preferred pledge option and you're on your way! We hope that clears things up for you guys!

The Rewards!


Uncut Sheets

Uncut Sheets. Limited to 20. A perfect collectors item and a brilliant piece of art to hang on your wall. (Printed uncut sheets will not have grey numbers in the background). 

Cardistry Tutorials

The Joker and the Thief Cardistry Tutorial Package. 6 original card flourishes created by Reuben Nutt and James Milaras. Captured in HD, featuring slow motion, verbal walkthrough, over the shoulder and front angle shots. Plus you get one FREE Deck of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards! (We will send you a survey once the campaign has ended to get your email address).


100 Posters. 5 Designs. 20 of Each - Signed. Numbered. Limited. (Posters in Photo are not Final Product) (5 Designs Available - 4 shown in pic). A3 SIZE.

Joker and the Thief Skateboards

Joker and the Thief skateboards handmade by Adam Kirby. Each design will be unique, signed by @playingcardart, and arrive ready to hang on a wall. This is an extraordinary way to display the Joker and the Thief playing cards and a great accessory for any collector. ONLY 5 of these will ever be available.

  • Gallery quality Giclée art print.
  • Printed on Hahnehmule Photorag 308gsm heavy-duty matt paper, made of 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free, with a natural white tone.
  • Printed using UltraChrome 10 colour pigment ink at 1440 dpi with 8 passes.
  • Sharp, vibrant print detail with an exceptional colour gamut.
  • Smudge free and non-reflective finish.
  • Ideal for framing (FRAME NOT INCLUDED).

All our art prints are produced in the UK by a Fine Art and Trade Guild award winning printer, using the best quality archival paper and pigment inks to create crisp, vibrant prints that are guaranteed not to fade for over 100 years.

Please note that each print is created to order and may take a few days to arrive (non UK deliveries will take longer). Your print will also arrive separately from the rest of your order if you are ordering other items as well.NEXT DAY SHIPPING IS NOT AVAILABLE ON ART PRINTS


Pedro Oyarbide is a Spanish illustrator based in Bristol, UK. His work combines an easy recognisable hand drawn style with strong influences of tattoo, comics, skateboard and motorcycle culture. He has worked for clients such as Hurley, Globe, Nike and Triumph Motorcycles. 

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