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Playing cards inspired by Astrology and the Zodiac. Ecliptic is a new deck of custom hand-drawn playing cards printed by USPCC.
Playing cards inspired by Astrology and the Zodiac. Ecliptic is a new deck of custom hand-drawn playing cards printed by USPCC.
Playing cards inspired by Astrology and the Zodiac. Ecliptic is a new deck of custom hand-drawn playing cards printed by USPCC.
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Ecliptic | Zodiac Playing Cards

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WOODEN ECLIPTIC DISPLAY BOXES NOW AVAILABLE!

Hand crafted Black Walnut and inlaid White Oak boxes with inset Ecliptic medallion — See add ons below (close to the bottom of this page).
Hand crafted Black Walnut and inlaid White Oak boxes with inset Ecliptic medallion — See add ons below (close to the bottom of this page).

For thousands of years humanity has stared up at the night skies with amazement and wonder. The natural rhythms of the stars, planets, and the sun and moon took on more significance than just their clock-like movement across our skies.

Early stargazers divided the night sky into 12 equal partitions or ‘signs’ —each with corresponding constellations which are the basis of what we know as the Zodiac. These zones of the night sky fall along what's called the planetary ecliptic - the plane of the planets in our solar system - hence the name of this project. I've always loved looking up at the night sky and seeing how the planets cut a line straight across the heavens. 

Over the centuries, the Zodiac signs and constellations were represented by symbols and incredible artwork—engravings of fantastical creatures and mystical gods from mythology. 

This project is inspired by that rich tradition.

Card Designs

For the past year, I've been pouring myself heart and soul into the art for this project. The idea that I could reimagine the way constellations have traditionally been represented was too tempting a thought to resist! Each of the cards is a new spin on the signs of the Zodiac—blending tradition with my own interpretation. It's with great pleasure that I'm bringing you these cards!

There are two editions of Ecliptic Playing Cards—the Standard Edition (SE) and the Limited Edition (LE). Both decks share the same art and linework. The Standard Edition has a nebula background that is a continuous, painted nebula image on the uncut sheet (see add-ons below). The Limited Edition is a celestial blue and will be a hand numbered edition. 

Please note that not all of the cards are locked in, and some may change as the project fully takes shape (all images are comp images). I'll also be finishing the artwork over the course of the campaign, so suggestions are welcome! 

Queen of Clubs | Sagittarius - LE version
Queen of Clubs | Sagittarius - LE version

 

Queen of Clubs | Sagittarius - SE version
Queen of Clubs | Sagittarius - SE version

 

King of Spades | Aquarius - LE version
King of Spades | Aquarius - LE version

 

King of Spades | Aquarius - SE version
King of Spades | Aquarius - SE version

 

Queen of Spades | Libra - LE version
Queen of Spades | Libra - LE version

 

Queen of Spades | Libra - SE version
Queen of Spades | Libra - SE version

 

King of Diamonds | Taurus - LE version
King of Diamonds | Taurus - LE version

 

King of Diamonds | Taurus - SE version
King of Diamonds | Taurus - SE version

 

Queen of Hearts - LE version
Queen of Hearts - LE version

 

Queen of Hearts - SE version
Queen of Hearts - SE version

 

 

King of Clubs - LE version
King of Clubs - LE version

 

King of Clubs - SE version
King of Clubs - SE version

 

Queen of Diamonds - Limited Edition
Queen of Diamonds - Limited Edition

 

Queen of Diamonds - Standard Edition
Queen of Diamonds - Standard Edition

 

The Jack of Diamonds - Limited Edition version. What is it you ask? It's a 'Sea Goat,' a mythological creature associated with Capricorn.
The Jack of Diamonds - Limited Edition version. What is it you ask? It's a 'Sea Goat,' a mythological creature associated with Capricorn.

 

The Jack of Diamonds - Standard Edition
The Jack of Diamonds - Standard Edition

 

King of Hearts | LE Version
King of Hearts | LE Version

 

King of Hearts | SE Version
King of Hearts | SE Version

 

Card back design (for both LE and SE versions). This continuous card back was inspired by ESP deck card backs. Fully reversible and continuous without a border.
Card back design (for both LE and SE versions). This continuous card back was inspired by ESP deck card backs. Fully reversible and continuous without a border.

 

 

9 of Spades - LE Version
9 of Spades - LE Version

 

9 of Spades - SE Version
9 of Spades - SE Version

The Box

There will be two versions of Ecliptic. One that has a color nebula background (Standard Edition) and one that's a celestial blue (Limited Edition). The LE version will be an edition of at least 1000 decks. The final quantity will depend on the number folks back for, but at least 1000 will be produced. The LE version will not be printed again, and each will be hand numbered as shown below. 

Here are some images of the box (please note that all card and box images are comps-only and subject to change as the project evolves): 

New layout for LE Tuck
New layout for LE Tuck

 

New tuck designs for LE and SE versions
New tuck designs for LE and SE versions

 

Limited Edition Version - Numbered (final quantity depends on the number ordered)
Limited Edition Version - Numbered (final quantity depends on the number ordered)

The Prints

As with my past projects, I'm making prints available of of each royal design. Each corresponds with a sign of the zodiac.

Add Ons

Adding any of the add on items below is pretty simple:

First, choose a reward tier.

Second, click on the "Manage my pledge" button, and add the amount of the add-on.

That's pretty much it. After the funding period, You'll be able to specify versions, sizes, etc. If you're an international backer, be sure to add the shipping amount if an add on has additional shipping costs (specified below).

Extra decks - $12/$14 (International) 
No extra deck limits, add on as many as you'd like.

Ecliptic One or Two Deck Wooden Display Boxes - $50/$60 (International)
These gorgeous hand-built display boxes are crafted from black walnut and are inlaid with white oak and feature an inset Ecliptic medallion. There are 2 boxes - one that fits a single deck of cards, and one that fits two decks of cards. Both open with a swing top and are the same price. If you live outside the US, please be sure to add the international shipping amount.

Single deck wooden display box on the left, two deck display box on the right.
Single deck wooden display box on the left, two deck display box on the right.

Ecliptic Uncut Sheets - $50/$60 (International)  
Uncut sheets are taken off the press as they're printed at USPCC. They show every card in the deck, front and back. Each sheet will be signed and there is no limit to the number you may add-on. Each sheet is approximately 22" x 26.5"

Standard Edition uncut sheet has a continuous art background I've painted of a nebula.
Standard Edition uncut sheet has a continuous art background I've painted of a nebula.

Ecliptic Zodiac Prints - $50/60 (International)
12 different zodiac sign prints displaying the art from the cards. Printed on fine artist grade paper, these limited edition prints will be signed and numbered. Each print will be approximately 12" x 18".

Leo print  - please note that mattes and frames are not included with the prints
Leo print - please note that mattes and frames are not included with the prints

Antique Silver Finish Coins—$12, shipping included for all backers. These are the same heavy-duty, 10 gauge, full-dollar sized coins (39mm) I had minted for my past projects, this time with an antique silver finish. They're a great weight (about the same as 5 quarters), super detailed and have a gorgeous finish. Other coins are molded, these are minted and that's a difference you can see and feel in the detail. Nothing beats a 100 tons of pressure making every detail pop.

Antique Silver Finish Coins - actual coin art might vary slightly
Antique Silver Finish Coins - actual coin art might vary slightly

Solid Silver Proof Ecliptic Coin—$60, shipping included for all backers.
One troy ounce of solid .999 pure silver. These are "proof coins" and will have with a mirror finish. Each coin will come with a numbered authenticity card and the coin will be in an acrylic capsule, sealed at the mint. 

Solid Silver proof coin - one troy ounce of .999 pure silver
Solid Silver proof coin - one troy ounce of .999 pure silver

 

Risks and challenges

I've created 5 fairly successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past - so I know there are always curveballs that challenge the best of plans. However, I feel super confident about this project. I've worked with the company who's making the cards and coins and know their turnaround times, I've shipped thousands of rewards to every corner of the world and know the complexities involved, and I've made good on every project in the past. My biggest watch-outs for Ecliptic are the finishes and the shipping timeframes. If the project gets big (I should be so lucky), that might push out the delivery a little, but not much.

Also, you might be wondering why I'm running this project since Hobo Coins Series II hasn't shipped yet. For that project, all the orders are in to the manufacturers and it's just a waiting game at this point. Rather than do nothing until items come in, I thought it made sense to bring you Ecliptic.

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