Jack McCall shot and killed Wild Bill Hickok over these cards!
I saw it happen, call me a liar and your next. It was such a problem (people getting shot over cards) that bartenders and lawmen alike were burying and hiding these exact cards from everyone. While panning for gold in Utah, I came across an old wooden box that had the legendary cards in it! Unfortunately, as soon as I opened the box the cards had started falling apart in my hands due to decay and rotting. Luckily, I have perfectly redesigned them from scratch and the good people at Bicycle have agreed to reprint them on casino grade paper! Yee-haw!
This deck is more than just a retooling of regular cards!
Custom Face Cards - Kings are now sheriff lawmen, Queens are serving beer at the saloons, and Jacks have become outlaw bandits!
Period Accurate Back - After studying old decks, photos, and a bit of inspiration I've come up with a classy and faithful back. The final design will be a TWO WAY back with edges that fade to 'white'.
Gaff Cards - You get to decide! Look at Update #4 to vote!
Weathered Look - Not just satisfied with adding a filter to existing cards, I went all out! Cracks, tears, faded colors, and stains make it look like you found this deck buried in a mineshaft.
How Contribution Pledges are Utilized
Profits from the Brimstone + Revision 1 decks have been used to start the Circle City Card Company. We opened a website, www.circlecitycards.com and have put the rest back into our latest deck, Americana. Money raised will be used to produce a limited run of decks commissioned by USPCC. Each deck will have 56 cards, matching custom tuck-box and be wrapped in cellophane. Your help is needed to get this (and future) custom card decks out there!
Product Quality and Design
The finished product will be made to the EXACT production specs and feel of any standard Bicycle® deck you would find at a local retail store. Q1 325 paper with Bicycle's 'Magic Finish'. These are not flimsy, cheap knock off brand cards but come from USPCC (Bicycle, Bee, Hoyle) Designed with Photoshop and Illustrator these designs are made with the highest level of detail.
Features of the Deck:
♠ Standard 52 Poker Playing Cards
♥ Two Joker Cards (One with Gaff Reveal)
♣ Two Gaff Cards (Check out update #4!)
♦ Custom Designed Tuck-Box
Uncut Sheets + Art Prints
Have you ever seen an uncut sheet of money or stamps? This is the same thing. Uncut decks are HUGE collectors items, and are sold on eBay for hundreds of dollars. The only way to get them is to have a person pull them from the machine press before they are cut, or have a lot of scotch tape! The Americana uncut sheets are not reprints from Kinkos, they are the real deal, printed on card stock at the factory. They measure approx 23"x27". The same goes for our art prints. Pick ANY card you like and I will have it printed on thick art paper ready for display in a frame. The art prints are 18"x24" and high resolution. Both of these come rolled in a thick shipping tube.
The decks are made by USPCC, the brand behind Bicycle, Bee and Hoyle. I am having the cards printed on casino quality 'paper' with Bicycle's 'Magic Finish'.
The design is 95% finished, I just need to keep fine-tuning them to perfection. I'll keep everyone updated with the final art as we progress.
I would love to get them in your hands by New Years, but after learning about manufacturing times and delays, a more realistic time would be February/March.
The date has been pushed back to early-April, I went back and forth with Bicycle to make sure I was getting you guys a perfect deck. The result of that is a slightly longer wait. I apologize for the delay, but I assure you I am doing this for the best! See update #15 for the current info.
Even if you move after the survey, I'll make sure I have the right address when attaching the labels before shipping.
USPCC has raises their minimum amount of decks needed to be purchased from between 2,500 and 5,000, I just need to be sure I am covered in case it is higher. I have already set aside money made from the Brimstone deck, but in order to make this financially possible we need to raise a bit more.
Again, learning from shipping the Brimstone decks I have fine-tuned the shipping costs for international buyers. (Some are actually cheaper!) Customs forms are over $5 each, and when shipping ONE DECK internationally I end up losing a buck! Shipping decks of cards is expensive due to their weight, a box of 144 decks weighs almost 40 pounds!
I sent out a survey on Feb 24th and 25th. Some people did not respond, I sent multiple updates to remind everyone. If you survey was not filed out, you will not be receiving your pledge reward. Send me a PM if this has happened to you.
Yes, I will be rounding up on the total number of decks pledged another 2,000 decks, this is for the simplicity of ordering through USPCC. Resellers will also be buying them to sell in their online shops too. After shipment of Kickstarter backers there will be a short supply left over that I will be selling on my webpage. MSRP is $9 for a deck plus shipping.
You'll be able to order them on our webpage... www.circlecitycards.com
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