Pioneers

Luxury-pressed E7

For those who love our Cohorts series, for their stock, design & their clear markings - You'll love *NEW* Pioneers too.

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2 Pack (1 Red, 1 Blue)
Half Brick - (3 Red, 3 Blue + Free Pioneer Coin)
Bakers Dozen - (6 Red, 6 Blue + Free Extra Deck + Free Pioneer Coin)
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The Finest Marked Deck We've Ever Created 



They say that good design is appealing... but has no story - When it does, we call it art.

That's exactly what Pioneers are. They're so much more than a vintage-inspired deck. They are art.

The tuck box is constructed of exquisite laid card, capturing the texture of period-accurate paper. Debossed in all the right places, to create a 4th dimension of quality. 


On the back is a lady of liberty, with a phoenix at her feet. In her left hand is the flag of the United States - in her right is the lesser-known but equally poignant flag of Chicago. 

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The deck inside is printed on luxury-pressed E7 stock for that crushed but durable feel. This is the exact stock you've fallen in love with from our Cohort decks.

However, you won't notice any borrowed artwork here, Pioneers are fully custom, inside and out. From the distinctive deck seal to the impeccable pips. Every detail and line on the tuck, backs, aces, and jokers was painstakingly hand-drawn by renowned playing card artist Oban Jones.
The back design is a celebration of the 1893 World's Fair. A 600-acre spectacle that commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival to the new world.

The Pioneers deck looks like they've been plucked out of that gift shop in 1893, locked in a vault for over a century, and placed gently, into your awaiting hands. 

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Hidden in the design are 52 easily-readable markings, to use for either magic, mischief, or both. 

Pioneers are a celebration of exploration, scientific discovery, and innocent curiosity from a bygone era.  


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Customer Reviews

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Anthony Ramsey (July)
An amazing deck

Love the quality as always…

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David M.
Great design

The Pioneer playing cards have a great feel and the design is very timely. Will probably order some more - I love the markings and they're printed by USPCC. HIghly recommended!

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Anonymous
Classiest deck yet!

I'm super impressed with the artwork on these cards, and they feel great too!

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Tobias
Really nice set of playing cards

Smooth finish, great look, good to read marking - what more do you want? ;-)

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Tim Thompson
Gorgeous

These cards look absolutely wonderful. They feel great in the hands. The back design is nicely made so layman won’t find anything. A great deck worth investing in.

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Mike Sims
My new carry around cards

Well this is a beautiful deck the markings are a bonus I hardly ever use them but I do find myself always looking to see the value and suit chosen and it’s a safety net for ACR. I love the art work and the pips are great.

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Marco
Nice and marked!

Love these cards, had to order another half brick as soon as I got them open. They feel great (E7 stock, duh) easy to read markings in all four corners as well as a one way marking system that I didn't even see mentioned anywhere.

Red deck comes with red double backer and misindexed card (2H with 3S).

Blue deck comes with red/blue double backer and same misindexed card as red deck.

Jokers are non matching in both decks.

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M R Arrowood in SC USA
Pioneers Playing Cards by Ellusionist PCC

Welcome to my first ever playing card deck review. I must confess from the start, I am a collector, and as such, I do not break the seals on my acquisitions. Therefore I won’t be commenting on the playability or handling of the cards themselves. Regardless, I absolutely love the throwback to the old world design of this set. Yes, this is a set of two decks in complimentary red and blue color schemes. And in keeping with the times — the times being 1893 — the colors are muted and flat, not glossy. The tuck case paper stock is also period, nicely embossed but no slick finish. The overall design theme is that of an 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair souvenir packet of playing cards. The postage stamp type seal is also reminiscent of the era. The two-way back design depicts a mirrored fan flourish adorned with the image of three sailing ships. These ships commemorating the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage to the “New World”. This deck is aptly named “Pioneers” for those who dared to board the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria bound for an unknown land across the vast Atlantic in 1492. I’m proud to own this very handsome pair. Well done, EPCC. 😊

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Matthew B.
Quality marked deck!

This is a nicely marked deck, with easy to read markings and printed on nice stock. The back design is intricate and allows for the system to hide well. Includes a two-color double backer and gaff.

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Josiah Lamb
Pioneers deck

I love this deck, I think it's one of my favorite decks,


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