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Massa Playing Cards

Picked up a Massa deck from a friend. Because I’m too cheap or something to go buy one.

Name: Massa Playing Cards
Date: 6.7.2009

Cost: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○

Massa : Deck + 4 Aces
Massa : Deck + 4 Aces

So. If you’re lucky enough to wait until just a few months ago, these decks dropped from the usual 8-10$ to a super cheap 1-3$. Very High supply meets ultra low demand or something like that.  Bricks of these can go auctioned on eBay for under 20. Non-auction bricks land between 20 and 30. Bulk amounts of bricks get substantially cheaper.

Massa : Court cards
Massa : Court cards

Massa : Jokers
Availability: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○

Quite available at the moment. These won’t disappear anytime soon.

Massa : Box design seems oddly familiar.
Massa : Box design seems oddly familiar.

Life/Finish: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○

Massa : Spread
Massa : Spread

Thick with a good snap. Heavier than bicycles. Durable, but can still take bends and hits. But still with that papery, air cushioned like finish. It does in fact have those air pocket dimples. Anaconda falls are the easiest ever to do with this deck. It says ‘linen’ finish. Probably not the same linen as say a Tally Ho deck. Tally Ho? Whats that…? We don’t know. We haven’t found one of those in the stash yet. Yet. Spreads stay consistent. Fans are great. But the only thing that stands out is the snap. Aside from that. Very slippery. As in if you missed a catch, expect some cards to slide. A lot.

Massa : Super Macro
Massa : Super Macro

Faro: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

Massa : Faro'd
Massa : Faro'd

“Nothing special”. The paper sides cuts sometimes show resistance.

Back Design: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○
One color way of black with gold linings and pips. Quite nice. Looks excellent in fans and spreads. Is in fact one way, but no one cares with a back design that looks this … reserved? At least that’s how I’d describe it. For the price of the deck, this is worth it.

One handed cuts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○

Massa : Cut Away
Massa : Cut Away

Nothing to hate here. Holds together. Good for practice in quality and price. Lets avoid using these for magic. Though. Don’t think there’d be much problems there. Except for the back border. If that even bothers you at all.

Comments

Massa : ...
Massa : ...

-Massa deck. In the unknown until … I forget … early 2008? Apologies. I already ‘destroyed’ a few of the cards before writing. Haha…These decks are available and is recommended for use. Nothing to stop you. Not much to hate. Unless you only work with white bordered cards. Yea. But even with a full bleed back, it works as a deck. Ace of Spades is refreshing. Red on faces is that ‘casino’ red. the darker one. Standard index…faces are a little varied for court cards. Yes. Wonder why these got taken off production. Which means reserves will run out…? But not for some time.  Its good quality. Even disregarding any quality control issues. I should pick up some more of these.

Massa : Available
Massa : Available

–Kudos ♪♫

Next is Black.

It was expected. No macro today, since I’m still hunting down the charger for the battery.

Name: Bicycle 808 Black

Date: 6.1.2009

Cost: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○

Black bicycle deck. You should shoot for about 3$ per deck. Though, you’re basically just paying for a choice of color…or lack of…Probably cheaper by the brick. Somewhere. Easily under 3$.

Availability: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○

These used to be at retail/drug stores. Perhaps Walgreens is where they popped up around here. They had to be available somewhere. Why else is that stupid E1638 under the Ace of Spades. I forget. But not anymore. Go to magic online stores and Ebay. And you know what that means. (What? What does it mean?)

Bicycle Black : AoS says E1638
Bicycle Black : AoS says E1638

Life/Finish: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

Unlike the orange and green happy bicycle decks. This one has problems. Aside from ‘feeling’ like a regular bicycle deck, its also …heavier…somehow…Also already experiencing clumping after a day just sitting in the box.

Bicycle Black : As if we didn't have enough hold'em rules.
Bicycle Black : As if we didn't have enough hold'em rules.

Faro: ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

Dear reader,

Please run. Away. From this deck.

Thank you.

i.e. They’re cut worse than normal bicycles. I mean. They faro decently now, but it took time. Not cool.

Back Design: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○ ○

The rider back design. In black. Black is ten colors. But, for the color challenged, they look like a really really dark blue.

Bicycle Black : Its not halloween yet. Also uneven spread.
Bicycle Black : Its not halloween yet. Also uneven spread.

Anaconda : ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ○ ○ ○

The ‘heaviness’ of the deck makes for an easier drop. But, they also leave the cards in little packets and clumps. But at least they drop.

Comments

Bicycle Black : Maybe not.
Bicycle Black : Maybe not.

-Black bicycles. Why not just use red and blue. These would be pretty troublesome to find today, and then, you’re not getting anything better. Maybe I’m just biased, but these,,,,have not been the friendliest in use. Go get the green bicycles instead. Extra note: green deck came with texas hold’em rules. Orange deck came with 2 blanks. Why didn’t the green one come with two blanks ;–;. The black one comes with texas hold’em rules too : (. Boring. I’ll stick with other bicycles. thanks.

–Kudos ♪♫