The Dead Man's Deck Playing Cards Decks
In 1876 legendary cowboy and gambler Wild Bill Hickok was playing cards in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. He was shot in the back before he could play his hand... and legend has it that he held Aces and Eights: The Dead Man's Hand.
We celebrate the legacy of Wild Bill Hickok and the gambling lore of the Wild West with The Dead Man's Deck. This beautiful deck is filled with details surrounding Wild Bill and his storied past. The deck's design is true to the time period, with an ornate, grey pattern and old-style faces. And of course, the Aces and Eights are, well, bloody.
The defining feature of this deck, though, is that it has a bullet hole shot right through the middle of it, along with a commemorative musket ball lodged in the hole. Every deck comes with this musket ball and a scorched bullet hole through the entire deck.
Printed by the Cartamundi on Slimline board with a B9 finish. Featuring a custom seal.
When Vanishing Inc. first released the "Dead Man's Deck", it almost immediately became one of their fastest-selling decks of cards ever. Beyond its stunning design, this deck had one of the most unique features ever integrated into a custom deck of cards. Inspired by the story of Wild Bill Hickock, who was shot dead during a poker game in the late 1800's, the "Dead Man's Deck" came with a replica musket ball piercing right through the center of the cards. While this unusual oddity was beloved by collectors, it also made the cards fairly impractical for magicians and, ironically, poker players.
After receiving countless requests for a "hole-less version", Vanishing Inc. is thrilled to introduce the "Dead Man's Deck: Unharmed Edition". With the exception of not including a bullet hole, every aspect of this amazing deck of cards has been beautifully customized in the same way as the original. It has been carefully aged to resemble the playing cards used during the era of Wild Bill Hickock. The "Dead Man's Hand" (Aces over Eights) that Wild Bill was rumored to be holding at the time of his death has also been splattered with blood to commemorate this fateful day.
Manufactured by Cartamundi on premium Slimline B9 stock, the "Dead Man's Deck: Unharmed Edition" is now the perfect way to infuse a touch of history into any gambling routine or liven up your favorite card trick or cardistry flourish.