The most functional, beautiful 300 chip poker set ever designed, featuring custom artwork and custom cards in a .30 cal ammo can.
A One-Of-A-Kind Poker Set
We set out to build the most awesome poker set in the world, determined to improve on what seems to be the only poker set design in existence. After weeks of work designing & refining we've perfected a totally sweet, top-loading, 300 chip case housed in a .30 caliber ammo can.
Form and Function
We wanted our poker set to reflect our love of the game, to match the military theme of the poker case, and to make the set as beautiful as it was functional. The Greek Sphinx forced travelers on the road to answer her riddles or be devoured- she embodies the poker player that forces her opponents to make difficult decisions, often for all of their chips. We designed original artwork for a Sphinx insignia, screen printed on each poker case and featured on two custom backed decks from the USPCC:
All the details matter. The set includes a custom designed dealer button, and progressive rank insignia small and big blind markers. These are included in every poker set (even the partial $89 set) and in the swagtastic $40 tier.
As longtime poker players with a slew of chip tricks, we refused to compromise on chip weight or feel, so we sourced high quality, 11.5 gram composite poker chips in custom colors. This poker set includes 300 pro-style 11.5 gram composite poker chips.
We freaking love this poker set, and think you will too. Please back our project and help make it a reality.
We wanted something space efficient and durable that would never dump or mix our chips, so we started experimenting with top-loading chip case designs on a borrowed 3D printer.
We recycle .30 cal ammo cans to create several other products, so it was only natural that an early design for the chip holder found its way into an ammo case. After many revisions and painfully slow printing sessions, we'd completed designs for this incredibly durable, functional poker set. We've got everything lined up to begin production on faster, sturdier, injection plastic molding, but the set up costs are huge.
Perfecting the Artwork
We created a beautiful Greek Sphinx, inscribed inside a spade with two armfuls of arrows to create the definitive insignia for the corp of hyper-aggressive, deceptive, no-limit hold'em players. The sphinx forced travelers on the road to answer her riddles or be devoured- she embodies the poker player that forces her opponents to make difficult decisions, often for all of their chips. The arrows are drawn from the US seal, representing readiness for war on both fronts. There is no olive branch in poker.
We tried applying the insignia with different paint finishes, powder coating, laser etching, vinyl applications, and various screen printing methods to get the case exactly the way we wanted.
Inspired by some of the other amazing card projects on Kickstarter, we designed custom deck backs to match the set. We've got to reach minimum batch sizes to print with the US Playing Card Company, so we really need Kickstarter's help to get this out the door.
Here's a bunch of the draft designs we mocked up for discussion.
We're also getting feedback from our early backers on custom foil-printed poker chip designs, but we need to make sure we hit our other aggressive deadlines first before we commit to them. Check back for our project stretch goals.
We're going to ship all these poker sets in time for the holidays. It's aggressive, but we've got this going for us:
- We're design complete
- We're working with people that we already know and trust
- We're running a very short Kickstarter campaign
What this means is we need your help to hit our goals quickly and get production underway. We've already gotten quotes from suppliers, so as soon as we hit our goals we can get started. We really want to make this set, and we're so committed to making it happen before our holiday deadline that we're going to place orders as soon as our goals are reached, even before the Kickstarter project ends.
- November 9th- All components en route to California
- December 9th- All production finished, assembly underway and shipping begins
- December 16th- Last poker set shipped!
We'll stay nights and weekends batching, packing, and snacking if we have to- we've done it before.
We really need your help to fund this project in time for Christmas! Here are some of the awesome rewards we're offering to tempt your wallet out from under you.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We manage a pretty complicated supply chain to keep ManCrates.com up and running, so we've got a lot of experience with getting products to us when we need them. Some of the manufacturing processes on this project are new to us, but are hardly new to the people we'll be working with. We worked with experts to review and adapt our 3D models for injection molding, so we're confident that we'll get it right the first time. That said, here are the biggest risks we see with this project shipping in time for Christmas:
* Unexpected problems with injection molding
* Shipping risks out of our control (trucking strikes, port closures, etc)
* Getting enough ammo cans
We've found preliminary supplies to keep up with the first batch of printed cards, but if we need to do a second run we may have to scramble to find extra cans in time for Christmas.
Thanks for reading, and please help us make the Most Awesome Poker Set in the World a reality!
We can offer flat-rate international shipping on the cards and t-shirts, however due to the rather substantial weight of the poker sets, we haven't found a way to ship them overseas for any reasonable price yet. We'll keep working on it and post new options as soon as we can.
Yes. We heard from lots of card enthusiasts that the card back should be two-way- it should have 180* rotational symmetry. We adapted several versions of the original card back designs to incorporate this important feature- we've opened up informal voting to finalize which two-way designs the set should include. If anyone was dead-set on getting the original decks, please let us know ASAP.
We'll update all the project photos and the video once we've got the final designs.
Yes! Add an extra $20 to your pledge for every extra set of cards you'd like us to include and send us a message letting us know. We'll make sure we add in the extra cards for you. For any other combos- send us a message and we'll put it together for you.
Yes! Just message us and we'll work it out for you.
I'd like to support your project but you don't offer international shipping on the higher level pledges. Is there still a way I can get this poker set internationally?
Yes! Send us the address where you'd like the reward shipped and we'll get back to you in a few hours to let you know what it'll cost to ship it for you.
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LASER ENGRAVED, Personalized Poker Set. Full set with both decks and 300 chips, Sphinx Insignia artwork screen printed on the front, and your own message or artwork laser etched on the back of the ammo case. Engravable area up to 5"x6", a great gift option.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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