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This unique promotional deck was produced in 1988 by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Each of the four suits was designed by a different graphic artist using Adobe Illustrator 88 software.

Originally given out free as a promotional tool, this deck is now highly sought after but hard to find.


Card Back


 The back design advertises Adobe software. This deck comes in both round and square corner versions.

Jack of Hearts

Five of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Ace of Hearts

 Russell Brown transformed hearts into flying birds in his design of the heart suit. The court cards are brightly colored tropical birds. The ace through ten each have ten hearts going down the sides, with the number of hearts corresponding to the value of the card colored in a shade of red, and the remaining hearts in black.

Three of Spades

Four of Spades

Queen of Spades

Ace of Spades


Paul Woods designed the club suit by associating the numerical value of each card to an idea or thing, and adding stylized courts.

A = "Ace" Pilot
2 = Two Step (2 shoes)
3 = Three Blind Mice
4 = Four Seasons
5 = Five Star General
6 = Six Pack
7 = Seven Days of the Week
8 = Eight Ball
9 = Nine Lives of a Cat
10 = Ten Little Indians


Six of Diamonds


Nine of Diamonds


King of Diamonds


Ace of Diamonds

 The diamond suit, designed by Gail Blumberg and Joss Bratt Parsey, uses different styles of type to show the versatility of the Adobe typefaces.

Seven of Spades


Ten of Spades


Jack of Spades


King of Spades

 The spade suit and one joker were designed by Ruth Kedar (designer of the 52 Plus Joker membership roster covers, as well as her own Analog and Duolog decks of playing cards). The cards are done in shades of grey, black and white with shades of red added to the courts. The value of each card is indicated in three different ways:

  1. indices in each corner;
  2. horizontal stripes in gradations of black, equivalent to the numerical value of the card; and
  3. white lines forming a spade pattern, with the number of lines corresponding to the numerical value of the card.

From the collection of Rhonda & Bob Hawes

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