Sports Direct Playing Cards

by | Style (↓) | Sociability (↑) | 1 comment | 1 question

Shamelessly branded yet perfectly weighted Sports Direct Playing Cards. Large possibility of conceptually simple and beautiful games can be played with in your face branding.

Where and how is it used?

Can be used anywhere. Normally in social situations, in the living room. With the family/friends. Drinking games. Travelling. Alone. Casino's etc.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

£1.99

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

Because out of about the 8 packs I own they are my favorite playing cards. They are the best weighted, have the nicest texture, the clearest card faces. But I'm torn as they have rather untasteful designs on the backs.


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

Sports Direct

Who was paid to make it?

Not answered yet

What skills does it take to make it?

Printing/Cutting

Where was it made?

Not answered yet

What does it cost to make it?

Not answered yet

What is it made from?

1. Paper:

Laminated paper

2. Concept:

Playing cards, ancient & universal

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Unknown - Sports Direct, or possibly in this case a charity shop. Possibly originally free product

Who or what assesses its quality?

Printing Factory

Where is it sold?

Not answered yet

Who or what sells it?

Not answered yet

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

Not answered yet

Where is it used?

Not answered yet

Where is it kept?

Not answered yet

How and by whom is it cared for?

Not answered yet

How long will it last?

Until laminated paper fades/disintegrates

Where will it go when it's finished with?

Recycled or to another card player

What is it worth?

Not much tangibly, but a huge amount if recieved joy or winnings from.


How do you and others value this commodity?

See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.

Total times valued2
Positive (↑)Sociability
Negative (↓)Style
Overall Positive120
Overall Negative-147
Controversy39.75 (0 = most controversial)
  

What do these numbers mean?

This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.

Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?

Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.

  • Controversy Score:
    (Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)

    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

  • Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
    (Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued

    Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.

How do you value this commodity?

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Questions and answers

Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.

Question: Where were these cards manufactured? Were they originally free merchandise or always for sale?

Answers:

Oh these true table-top legends! Their blue and red shiney-ness brings back all sorts of memories to a time when the enormous sports direct mugs were owned by what seemed every household (where did they even come from?!).

It appears that these iconic cards have always been purchased at Sports Direct- there was no evidence they were ever originally free merchandise. Rather, they’ve been branded as the ‘cheapest purchase’ in sports direct. After all, who can resist sliding these glorious 70p sports-emblemed specimens into their basket when mingling round the tills? For the price, they’re described as a ‘bargain’, though it has been noted that on various card-gaming sites, that in-fact, the 2 packs for £1 cards from poundland equally do the trick.

As to where the cards are manufactured, I’m unable to currently give you anything other than a less than helpful manufacturer number- 9097320. I’ll pop into sports direct on my way to work next week and will have a look at the packets to see whether they offer any more ‘made in’ info to feed back to you. However, with Sports Direct’s sketchy ethical history, I’m not expecting much- though am hoping they prove me wrong!

Additional fascinating info on the production on a pack of cards can be found here- http://www.madehow.com/Volume-4/Playing-Cards.html.

Hope this helps! Gabrielle

by MoCCconsultantGabrielle on August 25th at 2:41pm

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How did everyone end up with a sports direct mug? did they give them out free or as part of a promotion? Were they the only big mug on the market?

by LizzieH on August 26th at 5:22pm

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