The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards

The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards

Tribute to the literary classic The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas and published in 1845.

Custom deck of playing cards (poker size) designed by Karin Yan and funded on Kickstarter between April and May 2017.

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About

The Count of Montecristo tells the story of Edmond Dantès, a young and innocent merchant sailor who is framed and wrongly imprisoned, and his journey of revenge against those who betrayed him.

This story of revenge, jealousy, pride and greed takes place in the early 19th century France and Italy, with a notable oriental presence throughout the entire journey. All of these points have been a core influence for the design of this deck.

The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards - Tuck
The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards – Tuck

For the tuck, back, court cards and jokers great attention was paid to all the details and descriptions mentioned in the book, taking into account the historical and geographical setting and references in order to create appropriate designs.

As for the aces and backgrounds of the court cards, all are charged with symbolic details of the main characters’ traits.

The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards - Ace of Spades + Court cards
The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards – Ace of Spades + Court cards

The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards - Ace of Hearts + Court cards
The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards – Ace of Hearts + Court cards

The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards - Ace of Clubs + Court cards
The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards – Ace of Clubs + Court cards

The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards - Ace of Diamonds + Court cards
The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards – Ace of Diamonds + Court cards

The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards - Jokers + Card Back
The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards – Jokers + Card Back

The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards - Numbers
The Count of Monte Cristo Playing Cards – Numbers

The pips and number cards are inspired by the playing cards of the 19th century and have a minimal design, making them perfect for playing.

Depicted Characters

  • Edmond Dantès, a.k.a. The Count of Monte Cristo as King of Spades
  • Haydée as Queen of Spades
  • Abbé Faria as Jack of Spades
  • Fernand Mondego, a.k.a. Count de Morcerf as King of Hearts
  • Mercédès Mondego as Queen of Hearts
  • Albert de Morcerf as Jack of Hearts
  • Gérard de Villefort as King of Clubs
  • Héloïse de Villefort as Queen of Clubs
  • Edward de Villefort as Jack of Clubs
  • Baron Danglars as King of Diamonds
  • Madame Danglars as Queen of Diamonds
  • Benedetto, a.k.a. Prince Cavalcanti as Jack of Diamonds
  • Bertuccio & Abbé Busoni as Joker
  • Sinbad the Sailor & Luigi Vampa as Joker