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  • Kathleen Adcock

    Russian prison deck (hand made) Made by hand in Russian prison. These cards are multilayered and you can see newspaper through on the bottom right card. Pattern on the backs (top left) are the same for all cards in the deck and also made by hand. Suits are traditional prison suits that can be seen on other decks as well.

  • Nataly Filatova

    Mischief + Madness: Russian Card Deck made by hand...

  • Kirsty Dow

    ripped edges/corners, old paper look for mag cover

  • Sarah Janeczek

    homemade playing cards from a Russian prison

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