Top Deck Cards 2014:Bicycle Dragon Back Playing Cards 2014 Review
I love these cards. However, there is one thing about one of the decks that messes with what I bought them for.
wanted 3 near identical decks with different backs (for games like
River-Pool Rummy and other games that combine decks). The Gold and Red
decks work fairly well, only slightly different. However the Blue
Dragon deck has blue hearts and diamonds, rather than red like the other
Bicycle brand cards have been around for longer then I've been alive
(since 1867) and they've rightfully earned the reputation for being the
best quality. If you play cards regularly or need them for standard
magic tricks these are perfect. No need to look further. All the good
things you hear and read about them are true.
Having said that,
keep in mind these are the traditional "808" poker cards, perfect for
most users/players. But anyone shopping for playing cards should know
Bicycle cards come in many varieties such as for use in pinochle, and Lo
Vision cards for the visually impaired, or Jumbo Index sizes with
larger type (often used for playing Bridge). They also make a
"PokerPeek" design on their Pro series decks that simplifies looking at
hole cards, and narrower bridge decks, and thicker Masters Edition cards
designed to last longer. This is important to note if you are
specifically looking for the thick material. These 808's are not the
thicker ones, they are the traditional ones but for 99% of the poker
playing and magic making world they are more than sufficient. They are
much better than those cheapie no-name cards you might get at a variety
warehouse or 99 cent store. Beware if you buy those, they might not be
coated and they may last for no more than one long game before they
start to bend and fray.
Bicycle also comes with different back
designs (including the traditional rider back and older Vintage backs),
and Big Bicycle cards that are four times the normal card size. All are
traditionally available with red and blue backs, but other back colors
(including black, silver, and even pastel colors) are also available.
There is even a "Ghost" deck that is entirely black and white except for
red hearts and diamonds on the corners of appropriate cards. Consumer
paper versions of the plastic KEM type WSOP decks are sold under the
Bicycle brand. And in 2010, Bicycle Playing Cards released special
anniversary decks which include a redesigned rear side, redesigned Ace
of Spades, and 1885-2010 written under the numbers on the corner on each
I have to say though, at $24.39 these 808's seem a little
pricey, and I'm stunned to see the "retail price" for 12 decks is
$37.99! But if you get these cards here at Amazon for $24.39 with free
shipping then it's worth the price if you can't get them cheaper at a
store closer to you (where you don't have to pay to have them shipped).
As of 2/9/12 these cards are now selling here for $18.99 to $20.00
(depending on the seller) and free shipping if you have Amazon Prime
(worth getting, ask me how you can get it for free). NOW IS THE TIME TO
STOCK UP AND BUY if you're into poker and can't get them cheaper in a
store close to you. This is the cheapest I've seen over the internet.
They also make inexpensive barter/gifts to make friends for WTSHTF.
an aside, many people don't know Bicycle cards are produced and
distributed by The United States Playing Card Company (currently out of
Erlanger, Kentucky), who also makes Bee (traditionally used by casinos),
Tally-Ho, Hoyle, Kem, Aviators (no longer available I believe) and
others. That does NOT mean these are all the same quality. They might
all be the same quality, but I do not know because I have not used them
all recently. I just mention it for a point of interest.