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Protect your cards, and look good while you do it! Tough, durable card sleeves with the art of your choice on the back!

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  • For backers outside of the UK, add £6 to any order of 40 or 80 sleeves [or any of the special deals], and £12 for every other order. If you order a large quantity [i.e. more than 800] or if you order more than 1 item, the shipping will be a fixed £12.
  • Don't send images immediately! If the project is funded successfully, I will ask for them afterwards - once we reach £3,000, and thus are sure to succeed, I'll post a template for you to put your art on.
  • The minimum run for each sleeve design is 40 - so if you order a pack of 80 and supply 2 images, I will make 2 sets of 40, one with each image. If you do want more than one image on the back of your sleeves with your order, please be very specific about how many sleeves/boxes have which picture.

Stretch Goals:

  • £3,000: Handmade leather and chainmail dice pouches, at £8 each.
  • £5,000: Life Counters, at £3 each.
  • £10,000: I produce a video tour of some European Magic events - with free advertisements for any backers who come along.

As the funding for the stretch goal items approach, I will give details on  the items, and make videos of the prototypes. The sleeves will be the focus of the Kickstarter, these items are just nice future things that I would enjoy making as well.

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When gaming, people use card sleeves to protect their cards - who enjoys playing with crusty, frayed cards, that stick when you shuffle? Magic also represents a significant investment for a lot of players, with some cards costing in the thousands of pounds.

Obviously, this price is not the norm. But why let even an £8 starter deck come to harm when you can invest a little more in card sleeves?

Most card sleeves are cheap, weakly made flat-colour things, that tear easily and need replacing often. To further compound the problem, they are sold in awkward sizes - what Magic player wants 50 sleeves? A deck plus sideboard is 75 cards. Unless you're buying sleeves for decks 2 at a time, you're spending money on sleeves that'll sit in a drawer somewhere. And if you do buy exactly the right number, you'll be buying more soon after as well, as you have no spares when one gets damaged.

Inspired by a similar project, I decided to make my own custom art card sleeves. I now have a working prototype, but I need help to produce enough to sleeve my decks, both current and planned. Thus I offer my services here to help that goal.

Currently, the sleeves are sized for Magic: the Gathering cards - however, if I have a high-level of interest for Yu-Gi-Oh sized sleeves, or any other size, I will consider making them. The production method stays the same, however new cutters will have to be ordered, which will delay the smaller-sized sleeves.

Risks and challenges

Risks:

Failure of equipment - printers, cutters or sealers. All equipment is/will be fully insured, and replacements will be ordered ASAP, with personal re-embursment being handled afterwards.

Quality - every single sleeve will be tested, both personally by myself, and by the crew I game with [who have no financial motivation to lie]. Testing involves flexing the sleeve in all directions, a tug test at the corner of the sleeves to ensure a good weld, and finally seeing if cards easily slide in and out of the sleeve, without damage to either.

Challenges:

Tons of orders - for the prototypes, I have hand-made the sleeves, which is time-consuming. I have orders ready for equipment to make this many, many times quicker - the goal is 20 minutes per unit of 80 sleeves. Should the funding go way over my goal, I have the forms necessary to register as a business, and thus legally be able to hire help with making the sleeves.

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  • You selected
    £6 reward

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    Your own pack of 40 card sleeves, with your design of choice on the back face of each sleeve. Comes with a nice cardboard box, with your art on the back also.

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    £12 reward

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    Your own pack of 80 card sleeves, with your design of choice on the back face of each sleeve. Comes with a nice cardboard box, with your art on the back also.

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    £16 reward

    4 backers

    Your own pack of 104 card sleeves, with your design of choice on the back face of each sleeve. Comes with a nice cardboard box, with your art on the back also.

    Thank you to Helen for the suggestion of an EDH package

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    £23 reward

    1 backer

    Your own pack of 160 card sleeves, with your design of choice on the back face of each sleeve. Comes with a pair of nice cardboard boxes, with your art on the back also.

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  • You selected
    £32 reward

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    Akroma's Advance!

    Three cards: Akroma, Angel of Fury, Akroma, Angel of Wrath and Akroma's Memorial, along with a pack of 80 card sleeves, with your design of choice on the back face of each sleeve. Comes with a nice cardboard box, with your art on the back also.

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  • You selected
    £44 reward

    2 backers

    Your own pack of 320 card sleeves, with your design of choice on the back face of each sleeve. Comes with a quartet of nice cardboard boxes, with your art on the back also.

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  • You selected
    £105 reward

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Gilgamesh Would Be Proud!

    Five cards: Sword of War and Peace, Sword of Body and Mind, Sword of Feast and Famine, Sword of Light and Shadow and Sword of Fire and Ice, along with a pack of 80 card sleeves, with your design of choice on the back face of each sleeve. Comes with a nice cardboard box, with your art on the back also.

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  • You selected
    £110 reward

    0 backers

    Your own pack of 800 card sleeves, with your design of choice on the back face of each sleeve. Comes with ten nice cardboard boxes, with your art on the back also.

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  • You selected
    £330 reward

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Ach Hans!

    Four cards: Tarmogoyf x4, along with a pack of 80 card sleeves, with your design of choice on the back face of each sleeve. Comes with a nice cardboard box, with your art on the back also.

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    £3,000 reward

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    The "Guess which card is gonna be in this bundle based on the price" bundle!

    One card: a beta edition Black Lotus, rated 7.5/10 by BGS/PSA - thus described as "near mint." To re-iterate that, it is not in perfect condition - but it is in good condition. Also, 80 sleeves with your art on the back face, and a nice cardboard box, also with your art on the back.

    You will also receive my undying love, exactly 17 Storm Crows [one autographed, and four playsets for you and your friends!] and a cyber-hug.

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Funding period

- (21 days)