Bicycle® Sweater Back Playing Cards (Canceled)
Introducing: Sweater Back! A sweater inspired Bicycle® Branded playing card deck!
Royals wearing argyle patterns!
A sweater-lift revealing joker!
Additional gaff cards! AND...
The World's First "touchy-feely" deck!
The Standard Deck
Tuck Case Design:
The tuck case is reminiscent of the classic Bicycle® 808 tuck design featuring the new logo. The inside of the tuck case will be printed with the argyle pattern (as depicted below) and will have the standard black seal with cellophane wrapping (not depicted below).
The theme of the sweater is repeated heavily throughout this design. The card backs feature the argyle sweater pattern with a dramatic shadow overlay. The argyle pattern is furthermore incorporated into (or simply worn over) the court card’s traditional royal garments!
The joker even sports the sweater with matching socks!
Now here is where the magic happens!
The joker and the joker reveal cards are specially designed so that the magician can hold the reveal card in plain sight (with a single finger over the reveal). The magician can then draw attention to the joker’s sweater and create the illusion of lifting the sweater of the joker to reveal the spectator’s chosen card!
Additional Gaff Cards:
The Red and the Blue Argyle decks are identical with the exception for the color (obviously) and the 2nd ad card. Each deck features the 1st ad card with an image of a sweater (in their respective color). However, the 2nd ad card is designed as an additional gaff card to be used with the Red Argyle deck. Therefore, the Blue Argyle deck is to be known as the Companion Deck (See pictures below):
The intent of the additional gaff cards is to allow the magician to show the unaltered king of spades and then lay it face down on a table or in a spectator's hands. The magician can then retrieve the sweater card and wave it face down over the unaltered king of spades. After this move, the magician can then turn over the sweater card to reveal that the sweater has vanished (the magician is now holding the blank card)! The magician asks the spectator to turn over the king of spades and now the king of spades is found wearing the missing sweater!
So that sums up the basic design and magic features for the Standard Red and Blue Argyle Decks.
Now lets talk Limited Editions, Uncut Sheets and Signatures...
Limited Edition Touchy-Feely Deck
The limited edition touchy-feely deck is a deck of cards with a hand assembled tuck case which incorporates a micro suede fabric panel on the back of the case, taking the sweater theme to a whole new level! This is simply the same deck of cards, as in the standard deck, but with the touchy-feely tuck case.
In this campaign only 250 of each color (Red & Blue) of the touchy-feely decks will be released. These are only available through reward offerings. Also, they are only available in Red and Blue pairings.
These decks (as well as the standard decks) will be sealed with the standard black seal that The United States Playing Card Company offers. The touchy-feely decks will not be wrapped in cellophane like the standard decks will. This is partly because I would like for these decks to be shared, touched and felt! It’s a touchy-feely deck after all! However, I am looking into obtaining materials to shrink wrap these to protect from scratching during processing, packaging and shipping.
If you are viewing this with a hand held device, be sure to zoom in on the next picture to see the fabric details below:
There will be no limit to the number of standard decks offered in the future. However, the Limited Edition Touchy-Feely decks will be limited to 500 of each color option released. This campaign will release only the first 250 for each of the first two color options (i.e., 250 Red & 250 Blue Touchy-Feely Decks total). The final 250 Touchy-Feely decks will be released during future campaigns and other promotional events. The number of signature decks and uncut sheets will be determined by this campaign plus a small reserve for future promotional events and campaigns as described in the "Signature" section below.
For those of you with wall space I will be offering uncut sheets for display as an Add-on for $20 each ($25 in Canada & $35 for the Rest of the World).
Add-on $10 to your pledge for each deck and/or uncut sheet that you would like autographed/signed. The total number of decks and uncut sheets with signatures will be released via project update once all the orders are in. This price is intended to keep the signature options at extremely low numbers in order to maintain the collectability of the decks and uncut sheets. I will reserve an additional 25 signature touchy-feely decks in each color and 50 standard decks in each color for future campaigns or other promotional events. I will not release any other signature uncut sheets outside of this campaign! So this means that the final number of signature decks and uncut sheets ever to be released will be determined by the add-on responses in this campaign plus the reserve I intend to hold on to! I will release the final numbers once the add-ons are tallied via project update.
After you have selected a reward, you may add on to this reward by adding on the cost for additional decks, uncut sheets and/or signatures. You can do this by clicking on the blue "Manage" button next to your pledge. Simply add the cost for the items you want to your existing pledge amount and keep your reward selection the same.
Use the chart below to determine add-on prices for decks, uncut sheets & signatures.
Risks and challenges
I am a collector who enjoys card magic and cardistry. I believe this design will appeal to all playing card enthusiast. However, this design is heavily weighted towards the magician for the disappearing and appearing sweater features and to the collector for the limited edition Touchy-Feely decks.
The design is complete and has been approved by The United States Playing Card Company legal department.
My campaign strategy is to be extremely transparent with everything. So this means that all options are immediately available for consideration. There will be no stretch goals associated with this campaign. Once the Touchy-Feely decks are gone, that will be all that is offered except for the reserve that I plan to hold for subsequent release as described in the campaign literature above. Currently there are only four color options in the works (Red, Blue, Green & Yellow). Pending the success of the Argyle design, I may release one to two additional color options. I will release no more than six color options total. This is my promise to the collector.
All cards will be manufactured by the United States Playing Card Company and I will receive shipment to my personal address. I will hand assemble each Touchy-Feely deck, perform quality inspections and I will personally package orders for shipment.
The timeline for this project (best case scenario) is as follows:
Thirty Four (34) days for fund raising. ECD is 2/28/2015
Fifteen (15) days for payments to clear. ECD is 3/15/2015
Five (5) weeks (plus) to finalize the art process with USPC. ECD is 4/24/2015
Five (5) weeks (plus) for production. ECD is 5/31/2015
One (1) week for shipping and receiving. ECD is 6/8/2015
Two (2) weeks (plus) for fabrication of Touchy-Feely Decks and starting distribution. ECD 6/26/2015
Two (2) weeks (plus) to ship all remaining orders. ECD 7/10/2015
- (35 days)