Ever since I purchased my first deck of Monarch Playing Cards, I fell in love with them. They are the most elegant looking, smoothest handling cards I have ever owned. I've gotten a lot of compliments about them. From the deep, rich colors of the decks, (I've purchased all the colors) to the design on the card backs, to the brilliant white of the faces plus the colors of the court cards as well as with all the rest of the faces themselves are fantastic. Other decks begin to look dirty or dingy after only a few weeks use, not Monarchs. They maintain their brilliance far longer than the other decks. I'm very pleased with my purchase of Monarch Playing Cards and will purchase them again in the future.