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Beautiful Bicycle® China-inspired playing cards featuring all-custom line art, printed by USPC. Bicycle® brand printing is approved!
Beautiful Bicycle® China-inspired playing cards featuring all-custom line art, printed by USPC. Bicycle® brand printing is approved!
430 backers pledged $14,159 to help bring this project to life.

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Middle Kingdom Bicycle® Playing Cards Printed by USPC

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New Add-Ons Posted! Check Update #6 for the Artwork of 3D Figurines, and #5 for Uncut Sheets, and Posters

  • 100% custom black-on-white and white-on-black line art
  • All reward tiers will receive the screen saver and two downloadable  sample pages from the coloring book
  • Mixed-deck reward tiers for White and Black decks as stretch goals are met
  • Kickstarter-only seals available
  • Limited-Edition, embossed-tuck decks available as stretch goals with their own tiers when unlocked
  • Bicycle® brand printing has been approved!
  • Gambler’s Fulfillment Shipping
  • Coloring books for adults! T-shirts!

New add-ons and reward tiers are coming soon!

Check out the black deck, some high resolution card images, and the part of the coloring book at the bottom of the page!

My design partners at Deveo Media and I have created a project showcasing Chinese culture. We hope you enjoy seeing it as much as we enjoyed making it!

“Middle Kingdom” was used to refer to civilizations around the Yellow River Valley before the empires leading to modern-day China began to form. The two characters in the ideogram for China, 中国, are part of those for Middle Kingdom, 中央王国, so the reference has stood the test of time. The court cards use exquisitely detailed line art of Chinese deities and people, while the card back is a great freehand drawing with interpretations of Chinese lattice borders and, of course, a dragon.

 China's vast history provides a rich palette of subjects for court cards.

King of Hearts: Pangu, the first living being and creator of the Earth from chaos

King of Diamonds: Caishen, the main Chinese deity of prosperity

King of Clubs: Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, creator of the centralized state

King of Spades: Tai Di, the "Primordial Divinity" or "Utmost God"

Queen of Hearts: He Xiangu, an immortal renowned for her selfless caring for others

Queen of Diamonds: Lan Caihe, an immortal portrayed sometimes as a man dressed as a woman and other times as a woman, Lan Caihe was said to have ridden to heaven on the back of a magical swan while in a drunken stupor

Queen of Clubs: Xi Wangmu, Queen Mother of the West. She held court and allowed deities to meet in her perfect palace

Queen of Spades: Nuwa, humanity's creator along with her twin brother, Fuxi

Jack of Hearts: Fuxi, humanity's creator along with his twin sister, Nuwa

Jack of Diamonds: Luxing, a deity who made people happy through promotions and salary increases

Jack of Clubs: Yu Shi, the rain deity

Jack of Spades: Zhan Yinbao, an Army officer

Fantastic creatures play a large role in Chinese mythology, and we wanted to honor those representing our suits:

Phoenix (Hearts)- Sun, warmth, and love

Kui (Clubs)- A one-legged Ox that would warn of coming storms. The Yellow Emporer (the King of Spades) used Kui's skin for a drum that could be heard hundreds of miles away

Pixiu (Diamonds)- Brings in good luck and wealth and drives away evil

Dragon (Spades)- The most powerful creature

 The card back combines a dragon with another famous Chinese element, the Yin-Yang symbol. This symbol represents positive and negative, order and chaos, male and female.

 Combining elements of Chinese architecture, latticework, and dragon art, the tuck box is the perfect complement to the cards.

$12,000- Funded!

$15,000- White deck custom seal

$18,000- Black Standard deck unlocked

$21,000- Black deck custom seal

$24,000- White Deck in Embossed Vellum Tuck Unlocked (Limited Edition of 1,500 decks)

$27,000- Black Deck in Embossed Vellum Tuck Unlocked (Limited Edition of 1,500 decks) and T-shirts unlocked

Standard Deck- $12 for U.S.; $14 Canada/Mexico; $19 ROW

Adult Coloring Book- $12; $14 Canada/Mexico, $19 ROW

Signature Card- $7

Fulfillment (shipping and processing) charges are explained below the graphic.

*Fulfillment costs- Add a flat rate for up to a combination of 6 uncut sheets, prints, posters and custom illustrations. U.S.- $16, Canada/Mexico- $18, Rest of the World- $20.

The figurines will have U.S. fulfillment costs included. For Canada/Mexico, add $10 for any quantity. For the Rest of the World, add $20 for any quantity.

The coin:

Here's a preview of the Black Deck!

High-Resolution Images

Do you remember how much fun coloring books were back in the day? They've made a comeback! With images ranging from simple to very complex, coloring books for adults give us the chance to take a break from technology and relax while we fill in a picture. Here are a couple of the more complex of the images from our book, and the link to an article about coloring books for grown-ups:

http://www.bookmasters.com/blog/adult-coloring-books/

Finally, if things go really well...

Risks and challenges

-I have worked with USPCC on previous decks and am familiar with their production process.
-USPC's schedule has been extremely busy, so an exact completion date for the decks cannot be guaranteed. I have been conservative in my estimated pledge delivery date and will update you as production moves forward.
-Gambler's Fulfillment is a well-respected member of this community with whom I have worked before.

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