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January 15, 2024 2 min read

Our friend Sherman Tsao from Carat Case Creations brings us this gem of a deck illustrated by the incomparable Russ Gray.

Pharmacy on Main Playing Cards, designed by Russ Gray (@russgrayillustration) for Meadowlark Playing Cards (@meadowlarkdecks) and printed by Legends Playing Card Co (@legendsplayingcardco) in a custom Carat X2 and a standard Carat X3 as well as custom tins by Carat Case Creations.

With Pharmacy on Main, Meadowlark’s 3rd deck, the team wanted to go back to their roots and pay homage to the old school small town pharmacies. The result is a beautifully designed deck with an ornate engraving style artwork, inspired by Vintage Pharmacy

The tuck box has the text ‘Main Street Pharmacy – Meadowlark Decks’ in a banner across the front with a large Meadowlark Pharmacy mortar and pestle below and an apothecary bottle above, all surrounded by ornate filigree. On the back of tuck is an image of the card back, which is a slightly modified version of the artwork from the front, mirrored for better playability.

The beautiful custom courts are based on standard courts but the engraved art style and thematic modifications gives them a much more vintage and stylish feel. All of the Aces are elaborated, with the most spectacular being the AoS, which has a mortar and pestle with a meadowlark on each side inside a giant spade. The deck also includes two identical Jokers of a Pharmacist encircled by the text ‘Meadowlark Pharmacy’ in ribbons.

In total, there are 5 versions of the Pharmacy on Main deck, 3 of which came in an embossed tin, reminiscent of the tins found in old pharmacies:.

Classic – The tuck has black ink and hot copper foil on embossed white stock in an embossed white tin box. The cards front and back have a white background and copper metallic ink. 1,500 printed.

Premium – The tuck has black ink and hot copper foil on embossed green stock in an embossed green tin box. The front and back have a green background and copper metallic ink, but the backs also have copper foil. 1,000 printed.

Pharmacist – The tuck has black ink and hot copper foil on embossed white stock in an embossed white tin box. The front of the tuck box has the Pharmacist from the Jokers and the back has the Ace of Spades. The cards are the same as the Classic edition. 500 printed.

Supreme (non-gilded) – The tuck has white ink and hot copper foil on an embossed black stock. The card backs have green hot foil on a green background while the front has metallic copper ink on a white background.

Supreme (gilded) – The tuck has white ink and hot green foil on an embossed black stock. The cards are the same as the non-gilded Supreme version, but with green gilding. The Supreme decks were only sold in sets, with 500 sets printed.

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