Sunday, June 28, 2015

Transformational Decks of Playing Cards

As I understand it, a transformation deck of playing cards builds the identity (such as four of clubs) into the design of each card. It's a very special art form.

I have two transformation decks that I bought from Peter Wood from the UK. I have a 2000PIPs and Wild!  The box of each deck is signed by Peter Wood himself.

2000PIPS by Peter Wood Joker 1 Transformation Deck
2000PIPS by Peter Wood
Joker 1
Transformation Deck

2000PIPS by Peter Wood Joker 1 Transformation Deck
2000PIPS by Peter Wood
Joker 2
Transformation Deck

 Take a look at how beautifully Peter Wood has worked the pips into the design for each of these cards in the 2000PIPS deck.
2000PIPS by Peter Wood
 Transformation Deck

Joker from Transformation Playing Cards
Can you see the nine hearts in this image?
Transformation Playing Cards

The 2000PIPS Deck
Box and Back
Printed by the Design & Print Partnership

The Wild! Deck was designed by Peter Wood
Copyright Newt's Playing Cards
In the Wild! cards,  the pips are again woven into the card designs. But the designs are a little simpler and are themed to cover the animals.  They are copyrighted by Newts Playing Cards at, a Playing Card Superstore (sic).
Wild! Animal Cards

Here's a transformation deck that I added to my collection in late 2019. It was purchased from the Gamblers Warehouse. It was published by Sunnish Chabba and Ishan Trevida of the Guru Playing Card company, Melbourse Australia. It's a tribute (does this mean reprint?) of "the beautiful work of Garnet Walch & George Gordan McRae titled "On the Cards. Or, A Motley Pack. A Christmas Annual published in Melbourne in the year 1875..."

There are degrees of transformation decks....  

I have several more transformation decks but Peter Wood's were the first I bought and the 2000PIPS deck is my favorite. It turns out in the esoteric world of the challenge of design tranformation decks, there is room for fine distinctions and for people to declare the concept of "so called" and "true" transformation decks.

 For instance, the description of my Circus Transformation Playing Card Deck by F Robert Schick (1924-1988) says:  " designing this true Transformation Deck, the artist has exercised no poetic licence whatsoever with manipulating the sizes, placement or shapes of the 'pip's unlike some of the few "so-called" Transformation Decks which have been designed in recent years.'

Stay tuned for my article about  my Circus Transformation Playing Card Deck by F Robert Schick


  1. Is it just my imagination or is there a Mickey Mouse logo theme running through the 2000PIPS deck. I seem to be seeing them in each card...

  2. Here's quite the index of transformation decks:

  3. Thanks for sharing nice information with us. i like your


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