We remember family card games dominating our childhood and young adult lives. Learning and winning at Cribbage, Poker, Pitch, Whist, Hearts, Gin, Bridge, et. al. were rights of passage. According to Hoyle was our leisure time Bible. A well-worn copy was never far from grasp in case we needed to look up “official” rules when we believed our siblings were cheating. In addition to rules, cards taught us to count, call a bluff, memorize, strategize, fold, raise, finesse, and keep a “poker face” until a win. And the family bonds forged were priceless. Useful skills for life!
“Benefits of a Family Card Game” was published in the April 7, 2015, issue of The Wall Street Journal and encourages parents to resurrect card playing as a family. In this digital age, this is no easy feat! So we hope a little incentive may be customizing a card deck to appeal to the most fussy of family members. Here are a few online sources we found:
MPC (Make Playing Cards) has customizable playing cards for business marketing and promotion, family photos, sports teams, etc. Fairly generic; but, a custom graphic designed by a family member is a pretty cool idea!
The stalwart of playing cards, Bicycle, also has a custom playing cards option.
And if you’re like us, we suggest going for a set of designer cards. Hermés makes beautiful sets for Bridge (and here), Poker, as well as this premium “Les 4 Mondes” deck. And at $170 for a deck of cards, we better be winning some big pots!