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About Us

Where we started

Based in the United States, RarePlayingCards.com was formed to help magicians, collectors, cardists, and poker players find and purchase some of the most sought after playing cards from one trusted place. All of our decks are stored in a climate-controlled warehouse to ensure that they remain in top condition.

By collectors for collectors

We were inspired to bring some of the highest quality designer and limited edition decks to you. Serving nearly a thousand customers per month, have become one of the top online retailers for those seeking the finest and most luxurious playing cards in the world.

Playing cards to your doorstep

Our cards ship all over the world in protective packaging. Tracking numbers are included for all orders. Orders are dispatched within 24 hours to ensure that they arrive to you as quick as possible. Read more about our Shipping & Returns.

Have a deck that you want to see us carry in stock? Or just want to talk? Send us a message!

Matthew Preuss
Owner and Founder, RarePlayingCards.com

Some interesting facts about playing cards


  • The first recorded use of playing cards was in China sometime around the 12th century. They reached Europe around the year 1360

  • The United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) is the world's largest producer of playing cards. Founded in 1876, they produce over 100,000,000 decks of playing cards each year

  • The reason for the Ace of Spades looking different was started in France. The rulers saw a way to make more money by taxing the Ace of Spades, the only card in the deck. Aces were given extra open space so that they could be stamped to show that the tax was paid

  • Playing cards are one of the best examples of symmetry in design that you will ever find

  • The original concept of suits (what we know as diamonds, clubs, spades, and hearts) came from the Italo-Spanish deck which instead contained cups, clubs, swords, and coins

  • Before 1875, the Jack card commonly used to be referred to as a "Knight" or "Knave". This created confusion because the "K" on the card could be confused with a King. At this point, the card was officially changed to a Jack

  • Americans brought the Joker into the deck of cards sometime around the 1870s. It was used for the highest "Bower" when playing Euchre