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ok, I have learned a little more about what I am looking for and I have updated my original post above.

Russell & Morgan Bicycle 808 US8 or US8A.

I would prefer better quality complete with Joker. Box if possible.
I would prefer old fan back, Rider back or wheel No 1 back.

Please PM me if willing to sell.
thanks, Mike
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Hi everyone,

I am looking for some decks.  Russell & Morgan Bicycle 808 US8 or US8A.

I would prefer better quality complete with Joker. Box if possible.
I would prefer old fan back, Rider back or wheel No 1 back.

Please PM me if willing to sell.
thanks, Mike
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Well I finally saw a couple of the printed decks first-hand today, and just had to post something here to share my congratulations and compliments to Annette on a successful project, and two absolutely beautiful decks of playing cards!

Both the VIZAĜO Lumina (red) and VIZAĜO Lumino (blue) decks look terrific!  Legends Playing Cards has done a wonderful job with the tuck cases and the cards themselves.  The colours are vibrant, and really do justice to Annette's gorgeous and unique artwork.  I also love the oversized pips, which really ensures that the beautiful "face" patterns in them get the loving treatment they deserve.   The indices are also super clear, so it's totally functional and can be used for games as well if desired.  And the court cards and card backs are spectacular.  This deck is great for collectors and card players, and would make a great gift as well! 

Annette is a talented artist, and I am so pleased for her that this project became a reality, and turned out so well.  Since it was created by someone who is an artist first of all, the VIZAĜO deck is a unique contribution to the custom playing card industry that really stands out because of stylish, colourful, and artistic look.  Congratulations all round, and I'd like to wish Annette the very best for all her future artistic endeavours, and any further custom playing card projects she might create. 
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: Best Marked deck of 2014
« Last post by Don Boyer on Today at 01:35:43 AM »
I realize that this is an older thread, but seeing as the Sharps deck was the winner of this award, is there a place where I can find more about its marking system, or someone who can tell me more about it?

I am aware that it uses shades, but needs some help with the specifics.

In most marking systems, they work as the name would imply - there are marks somewhere on the back of the playing card that will indicate what's printed on the front.  These might be additive marks, like someone coloring in a blank space or drawing a line or a dot, or they might be subtractive, like someone scratching a line or a dot into a field of color to reveal the white paper underneath.  There are also the easy-to-use "reader" decks, so called because they use simple, easy-to-read symbols rather than a concealed code of some kind - for example, in a regular marked deck, a King of Diamonds might have a specific set of dots or scrawls concealed somewhere in the back design, unknowable without knowing what the legend of the deck is, while in a reader deck, a King of Diamonds might have a "K" and either a "D" or a diamond symbol printed somewhere on the back, so the person using the deck only needs to know letters, numbers and symbols and not some arcane code.  Readers tend to be more easily detected but are also far easier to use.

The way a shade system typically works, all the cards are still printed "identically" in terms of the pattern on the back - the shapes, lines, etc.  The difference is that certain parts of the pattern are altered in terms of slight changes in the shade of a color used to print them.  It's meant to be very subtle but still readable to anyone who knows where and how to look.  You can't use a shade system to create a "reader" deck, and in order to be read, you have to know the legend for how it's marked, but they're among the hardest marking systems to spot, not counting decks employing things like UV inks or daubs, RFID chips, etc.

In this way, it shares a certain amount in common with modern steganography, a practice of hiding a message in a digital image.  They way that works is that you take your message, usually already encrypted for privacy, and determine the exact length of the string of bits (individual ones and zeros) needed to convey that message.  You find a digital image, typically a photograph, that has at least the same number of pixels (acronym for "picture element," the smallest part of a digital image), and you change the least-significant bit, typically the last bit, using a particular formula.  In a picture with 32-bit pixels, the color change is a difference of ^32 - you're making that pixel one 4,294,067,266th closer to either brightest red or darkest violet in the color spectrum.  To the naked eye, that's truly undetectable.  To a computer, it's easily spotted, especially if the person using the computer has a copy of the original photo with which to compare the one concealing the steganographic message.

But back to my point - it's a change not in the overall shape of the back pattern, but in the coloration of the pattern, making it a far more subtle form of marking and tougher to spot.  A riffle test may or may not reveal it, depending on just how big a change the shade is.
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: Best Marked deck of 2014
« Last post by EndersGame on Yesterday at 09:20:38 AM »
I realize that this is an older thread, but seeing as the Sharps deck was the winner of this award, is there a place where I can find more about its marking system, or someone who can tell me more about it?

I am aware that it uses shades, but needs some help with the specifics.
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Playing Card Plethora / Re: VIZAĜO by Abolina Art - Relaunch LIVE on KS
« Last post by skinny on December 09, 2017, 04:47:12 PM »
Guess what I got today!!
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Thank you very much for this helpful information, Don! I appreciate any lessons of this kind that I can get.
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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: High Victorian Playing Cards by Theory 11
« Last post by Magic_Orthodoxy on December 09, 2017, 09:37:57 AM »
VIDEO REVIEW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHg1ttNcDDY

High Victorian Playing Cards were inspired by the intricate, breathtaking style of the Victorian era. Every element was designed from scratch with painstaking, relentless attention to detail. Every single playing card within the High Victorian deck was designed from scratch - even the Aces, Jokers, and court cards exude the grand excess of ornamentation quintessential to the Victorian era. In a word: breathtaking.

Find all of your favorite or hard to find cards here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d
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Deck Reviews! / Video Review: JAQK Amethyst Playing Cards - Theory 11
« Last post by Magic_Orthodoxy on December 09, 2017, 09:34:57 AM »
Video review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhVjf6gcx1A

Created in collaboration with JAQK Cellars, an award-winning winery in Napa Valley, California. This a deck that is as beautiful as it is functional, JAQK Cellars Playing Cards are a true work of art. The deep purple design features ultra-thin borders, with a flawless feel and durable finish.

52 Custom Faces. 12 Custom Court Cards

Every aspect of the deck has remarkable attention to detail. Even the court cards are designed from scratch, with regal, elegant, intricate illustration.

Find all of your favorite or hard to find cards here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d
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Hi, Mike!
I may have some decks that might suit your purposes but I do not know how to "PM" anyone. Is there another way to contact you? Thank you!
Toby

Hey, Toby,

"PM" is shorthand for "private message" or "personal message."  To PM someone, click on their screen name in the column to the left of their message to see their profile, then scroll down to the "Contact Me" section and click on the link "Send this member a personal message."  It's like email but sent only through the forum, though members do receive email notifications of new PMs waiting for them, unless of course they've opted out of receiving notifications or changed email addresses and didn't update their profile.
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