Five rad and random playing cards I found this week

The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 48.

My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful or fun or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, the ultimate guide to making cafe-style coffee in your own home or rad gifts for Father’s Day. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome gear that doesn’t really fit into a list. So I made a list for those.

Gremlin playing cards

The nostalgia! Think Geek

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Based off the 1984 classic Gremlins, this standard size playing card set features a different Gremlin—or adorable Gizmo—on every card. Just like the Gremlins, make sure not to get them wet. $8.

Waterproof playing cards

Hoyle Amazon

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Unlike the Gremlins options above, these Hoyle playing cards are totally fine to bring to a pool party. The cards are flexible, waterproof, and come printed on clear plastic. They are the perfect set for a rainy day. $6.

Scientist playing cards

VedaCards Amazon

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Each card in this deck includes information on famous scientists, explorers, doctors, and other historical figures. Instead of hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs, the suits are philosophers, biologists, medical professionals, and chemists. $9.

Optical illusion cards

US Games Amazon

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Every card in the deck features a new optical illusion. When you get tired of War or Go Fish, you’ll be able to boggle your mind with some sweet visual trickery. $12.

Super Mario cards

Nintendo Amazon

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This set of Super Mario playing cards features scenes from four iterations of the Super Mario games. Each suit—aces, hearts, clubs, and spades—includes artwork from either Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and Super Mario Bros. $14.

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Billy Cadden

Billy CaddenBilly Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.