PINOCCHIO PLAYING CARDS
A CUSTOM PLAYING CARDS PROJECT
Centuries ago there lived– “A king!” my little readers will say immediately. “No, children; you are mistaken. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood.”
That’s the beginning of one of the most famous children’s novel in history, written by Carlo Collodi (nom de plume of Carlo Lorenzini, born in Florence, on the 24th of November, 1826) and translated into 240 different languages.
Pinocchio Playing Cards is a set of three decks realized with Passione Playing Cards LLC and printed by USPCC. It’s a wide project inspired by the famous Italian marionette created by Carlo Collodi and retracing the story of Pinocchio in both its joyful and dark moments.
The project has been endorsed by the National Carlo Collodi Foundation, the Italian institution that officially takes care of the legacy of Pinocchio.
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Blue Fairy's Deck
Pinocchio Sapphire stands out for the use of blue. The deck emphasizes the positive character represented by the Fairy with Turquoise Hair, who is also the main subject of the back design of Sapphire.
All the queens of the decks represents the Blue Fairy, in accordance with the mutability that is traditionally attributed to the character in different moments of the story.
Pinocchio Vermilion focuses on the figure of Fire-Eater and sees a predominance of red. Moreover, Fire-Eater is the lead of Vermilion’s back design.
The moments illustrated in the deck are the darkest ones, especially those intimately connected to the puppeteer and to the circus scenario.
The tuck box and the back of Pinocchio Vermilion are decorated with highly detailed and balanced graphics and illustrations, as well as those of Sapphire.
ALL CUSTOM FACES
THE COURT CARDS
A METALLIC ACCENT
THE BACK DESIGN
At the culminus of the Pinocchio Playing Cards project soars Collodi’s Pinocchio. Collodi’s Edition is the complementary union of the positive and negative element within Collodi’s novel, represented in the book-like box by Sapphire on the right side and Vermilion on the left one.
Collodi’s Pinocchio required the design of a highly customized mould and is printed with two different hot foils. In fact, it is a limited, signed and numbered edition.
"Next morning how many coins would I find?"
THE GOLDEN COINS
The five Gold “Zecchino” represent the gold pieces given by Fire Eater to Pinocchio, for his father Geppetto.
The dimensions of the coins – which are produced by sandblasting with continuous, laser-inscribed numbering – are those of a US half dollar, the standard used in magic tricks today.