Update on the 2nd Edition

The Mary-el 2nd Edition has had a rough start!

In May the new Mary-el 2nd edition started arriving and it quickly became clear that something was wrong.  The insert in the box was defective. It allowed the cards to move freely in the box which caused damage to them as they banged around during transport.  Also, the black gilding was causing the cards to stick together.  When pulled apart it was damaging the edges of the cards.  Sales and shipping were suspended until the problem could be addressed.

If you received one of these damaged decks you can contact Schiffer. They are willing to replace them or do whatever is necessary to make sure you get a good deck.  You can find all of their contact information on this page:  https://www.schifferbooks.com/contact-us.html

I just spoke to Schiffer and got an update on how the problem is going to be fixed.  They are reprinting everything.  The black edging will be treated differently which should resolve the problems with sticking together.  The box insert has been totally redesigned to keep the cards safe during transport.

The projected date for the new decks to come in and start shipping is the first week of July.

Thanks for bearing with us!!

Edited to add:

If anyone would like to send me a message detailing your experiences with this edition or the first edition – an honest review of printing quality,paper quality etc. and maybe even examples of what would be your ideal in cardstock etc. for me to keep on file I would appreciate it. Send them to marie@mary-el.com and put Mary-el in the subject. I think that could be very helpful to me in what I push for in future printings. Thanks!

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12 Responses to Update on the 2nd Edition

  1. Bonnie says:

    Marie, I hope Schiffer will also pay closer attention to how they size/reprint the images, because the tops or bottoms of the images have been cut off in the defective 2nd attention, and in some cases this has resulted in the elemental symbols being chopped up.

    • Marie White says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      There were some images that got slightly cropped. The elemental symbols are actually my signature and have nothing to do wtih the card so I said that was ok.

      • Bonnie says:

        Thank you for explaining that, as I thought that Schiffer had disrespected your work by cutting off the symbols.

  2. Tonya Craft says:

    Hi. Love your deck. I already had the first edition and ordered the 2nd Edition a few days ago from Barnes and Nobles. I thought the corrections were made however no. The deck I received was very damaged, the White paper was all wrinkled and stuck to the Fool card which damaged and ripped the edges.Most ofthe black edges were damaged I went to the link you provided and explained. That was 3 days ago and no response from Schiffer

    • Marie White says:

      Hi Tonya,
      I’m so sorry that happened! I’m surprised anyone is shippng it right now. Schiffer is usually pretty fast in replying…I will contract them about this and get back to you.

      • Marie White says:

        I talked to Schiffer and they said that they had your message and would be contacting you. Hope they get it worked out, let me know if they don’t!

  3. Scarlet says:

    Hiya Marie,

    I don’t know if you’ve received your advance copy yet but as a heads up; the pre-ordered one I received from Amazon today had the same problem with the cardboard insert as before. My cards are all fine so no worries here but I thought you should know.

    Your deck is my all time favourite by the way and I have a truly embarrassing number of decks :D. The new cards are beautiful and the second edition shuffles so much better. Thank you for this beautiful deck,

    • Marie White says:

      Hi Scarlet,
      I haven’t received a copy yet. I think I’ll contact Schiffer and see what’s going on. Was there any difference in the cards at all, like being shrinkwrapped or without the black edging?
      Thanks for letting me know!
      I’ll get back when I hear something.

      • Scarlet says:

        I haven’t seen a copy of the first print run in person but I can’t see any differences based on others’ unboxing videos. There’s still the black edging and nothing new to secure the cards. My (Amazon UK if they ask) copy should definitely be from the new print run but I can’t spot a difference myself.

        You’re very welcome and I hope Schiffer solves the mystery for you.

        • Marie White says:

          As far as I can tell you have the first printing of the 2nd edition. They stopped shipping those overall but yours must have squeezed through. I talked to Schiffer and the new ones defintiely aren’t our yet. I’m glad yours isn’t damaged and in the end it might turn out to be a rare edition.
          Thanks for writing:)

  4. mereteveian says:

    As I’ve seen some of the reviews, the text covering up the hangmans face/eyes, – is it changed, too?

  5. Marie White says:

    No, nothing to do with the content of the cards is being changed.

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