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This deck of 54 standard-sized Russian criminal playing cards is published by FUEL and distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/30/2018

New from FUEL! Russian Criminal Playing Cards

We are so excited to finally have stock of FUEL Publishing's new boxed 54-card deck of Russian Criminal Playing Cards. Each of the four suits in this standard 2.5 x 3.5-inch set is reproduced from a different DIY deck hand-made by an incarcerated Russian criminal during the 1980s. Because Soviet-era wardens forbade card playing, prisoners were obliged to fabricate their own personal card sets on the sly, using everyday materials sourced from prison life. For example, these cards were produced with hand-cut stencils and inked with substances like soot and blood. For more on the secret art and culture of the Russian criminal playing card, see the companion publication, Russian Criminal Tattoos and Playing Cards—also from FUEL.

Russian Criminal Playing Cards

Russian Criminal Playing Cards

FUEL Publishing
Boxed, 54 cards, 2.5 x 3.5 in. / 54 pgs / 54 color.





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