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Patent Submitted. Engineering prototype only. Not for qualification or production.
Patent Submitted. Engineering prototype only. Not for qualification or production.

 

  • Have you ever wanted a collectible playing card to be authenticated and preserved without losing its playability?

  • Have you ever wanted a collectible playing card to have an online profile which describes its condition, provides HD scans and tracks its authenticity?

  • Have you ever wanted to share this unique online profile with other collectors, players or customers?

These and many more were the reasons for the "birth" of Playable Certification. The first certification service for collectible playing cards that allows the cards to be played.

Traditional grading methods from the 1970s/1980s were originally created to certify trading cards, coins, stamps...etc. Those techniques worked perfectly fine for those collectibles.

Nowadays the same old methods are being used to grade trading card games forcing the users to sacrifice the playability of their cards by imprisoning them in plastic cases.

The high value and counterfeiting risk makes certifying and preserving more attractive to collectors. With Playable Certification users finally have the chance to do it without sacrificing the playability of their cards.

Process

The Customer sends the cards to us tracked and insured. Once we receive them, we will authenticate each card checking the weight, thickness, transparency and reflection to different lights, layer analisys, etc. After the genuinity of the card has been proven, we´ll create a unique digital profile of every single card describing all performed analyses and showing the results online.  To create that digital profile we will use HD Scans, angled pictures that show surface issues and macro pictures of the edges and corners.

Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted
Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted

Then, the card will be preserved on a Playable Certification Sleeve and its NFC seal activated. The NFC tag will store two different links, one redirecting the customer to the card's profile on the web platform if the seals are intact, the other activating a safe protocol in the event of the NFC being unsealed.

The cards will be shipped tracked and insured back to their owners. The customer will be able to check the NFC seal with any NFC reader (ex. smart phone). Customers will be able to share the unique digital profile of their cards just using a link. They will be able to manage their accounts, check certified cards, create Collections, track ownership...etc. And the most important feature of their newly certified card: they will be able to play with it as soon as they receive it.

There is one crucial element wich allows us to offer this unique certifying method: the Playable Certification Sleeve (PCS). We'll describe its main features and characteristics:

Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted
Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted

THE PCS SEALING

The main purpose of sealing a certified card is to ensure that the authenticity and condition certified from the certifying company still applies. If the sealed case/sleeve shows any sign of wear or manipulation then the product´s certification loses its trustability.

Traditional grading services ensure this only through the case itself. On PC Sleeves we will use the traditional inspection of the sleeve itself plus a triple “lock” method to ensure the sealing of the card:

Physical thermoseal. Upon the vacuum thermo sealing process a special thermo printer will be used. This thermo printer will have a unique pattern which will be kept secret and away from the public.

NFC electronic seal. The NFC circuit on the card will have the ability of keeping track of any tampering attempts and will reveal them on any digital check of the sleeved card.

Cloud digital seal. The information on the card will be encrypted and linked with the central track services at Playable Certification.

By this triple “lock” the player/collector will have the guarantee that the info provided by the certification still applies to the card.

Black covers: PALADIN CARD PROTECTION
Black covers: PALADIN CARD PROTECTION

 

 

 

PCS DURABILITY.

Most cases from other grading companies are rigid and made of hard plastic. In our case, the playability is the most important feature, so minor adaptations were needed (especially on dynamic threats).

List of features (Indicative comparison between PCS and plastic case from traditional grading methods) (the percentages showed are not accurate)
List of features (Indicative comparison between PCS and plastic case from traditional grading methods) (the percentages showed are not accurate)

As the sleeve is vacuum thermosealed, the protection is similar on both PCS and the case on many threat types. PC sleeve will use tested acid-free materials which will avoid any damage to the card on a long term. Sunlight damage will be prevented as much as possible always prioritizing visibility of the card´s front.

Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted
Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted

PCS PLAYABILITY

The crucial difference is the Playable Certification Sleeve. To be ready for production it will need to fulfill all the following requirements, providing protection and advanced services while satisfying all criteria for competitive tournament legality.

 

In order to mix certified and uncertified cards together in the same deck they all need to have the same weight, thickness and characteristics
In order to mix certified and uncertified cards together in the same deck they all need to have the same weight, thickness and characteristics

 

NFC smart Tag with sealed/opened sensor

Technology for Product Authentication

Smart tag knows when a product is factory-sealed or opened


  • Robust security suitable for mass-market use
  • Protects against refill fraud and package reuse
  • Proprietary two-level authentication thwarts cloning
  • 100x faster transaction time than encrypted tags
  • The first NFC technology to be supported by the World Customs Organization
NFC OpenSense™    http://thinfilm.no/
NFC OpenSense™ http://thinfilm.no/

 

3D Optics from Rolling Optics

Instant recognition: their features are instantly recognized by anyone. This is the main advantage compared to other technologies: it doesn´t require any specific light, angle or tool to verify.

Design as security feature: Great design flexibility allows for combining aesthetically superior solutions and high levels security in one simple package. Added levels of security can be added both at the overt, covert and forensic level to fit the final application.

Emerging technology and disruptive innovation: their technology has been developed over 15 years with cutting edge laboratory research leveraging a range of  scientific & technical disciplines. This creates an effective barrier to counterfeiters.

Printed 3d Optics.   http://www.rollingoptics.com/
Printed 3d Optics. http://www.rollingoptics.com/

 

 

Playable Certification Sleeve, back.  Engineering prototype only. Not for qualification or production.
Playable Certification Sleeve, back. Engineering prototype only. Not for qualification or production.

Web Platform

 

Playable Certification´s website will be more than a page to place and manage orders. It will be a digital forum where collectors and players will be able to meet and share their cards with security.

Community based reputation is always the best way to create healthy environments. All sensible data will be protected and users will choose the level of exposure of their own profiles.

Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted
Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted

 

Once a user has access to check the digital profile of a certified card, he or she will be able to consult a wide range of information about that specific card: print data, physical data, condition data...etc.

That card´s profile will be shared with other users using its digital identification. The amount of information shareable will always be enough to describe the card´s condition. "Web Access Gold and Silver" users will be able to share info without limitations to not registered users. Gold and Silver users will also have shipping and certifying priority and access to special discounts and offers.

The webplatform will also provide a Chain of Ownership service for certified cards.. The system will track all transfers of the card from the present owner back to the first who originally got it certified.  

Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted
Playable Certification Sleeve´s patent submitted

The platform will be constantly synchronized with the NFC Tags Control servers. Any tampering attempt will be registered and a security protocol will be launched.

Physical ownership of the card: As long as the seals are intact, ownership will be able to be tracked after the card has been lost or stolen.

Webdesign prototype only. Not for qualification.
Webdesign prototype only. Not for qualification.

 

Check a PC certified card directly from an uncertified deck
Check a PC certified card directly from an uncertified deck

 

 

 

 

We are well aware of how sensitive the shipping and handling of valuable collectibles can be. Everyone involved in this project is a collector also. Because of that we take in consideration and investigate all possible concerns of our potential backers.

Those concerns normally are balanced by reputation and trust. We need your support before that reputation can be built.

To start building that trust, we are going to offer a special limited service for the Early Bird card certifications.


Limited Early Bird Live on Site Service !!

Live Service includes Certification and PC Sealing of a card "Live on Site" during one of five large gaming events in Germany, Italy, France, Sweden and Spain. Backers pledging for the Early Bird certifications can choose between standard shipping and equal service live during one of the events (we will get in touch to book your session). At least one Live Service will be performed in each of those five countries (and others, if the opportunity arises).

To reach different kinds of players/collectors and maximize the availability of Live Services, Early Bird Rewards will be limited to a certain amount of pledges.

Any other other special reward, like boxes or black covers still apply to those backers.

Graphic rewards list
Graphic rewards list

 

Descriptive rewards list
Descriptive rewards list

Further clarification of the terms used in the lists:

Cerificating service: as described in "process"

Set of 100 black covers: Made of durable and light plastic. Clear front black back: 69mmx94mm, 1,20gr each.

Special box for 75 PC sleeved: Made of black plastic. With a black plastic separator.  Can hold 75 triple sleeved cards each of them weigthing 5gr.

Limited edition Box: Made of authentic wood with the Playable Certification logo. Can hold 75 triple sleeved cards each of them weigthing 5gr.

Limited edition Leather binder: Made of authentic leather with the Playable Certification logo.

Priority shipping: look at shipping info below

Web platform bronze, silver and gold accesses: look at the web platform section.

SPECIAL PRICE OFFER. Limited to the first 10 backers of the highest reward tier. Guaranteed lowest certificating price the first 10 years of service on each card no matter the number of cards submitted. (Limited to 365 cards per year)

Rewards: standard box
Rewards: standard box

Shipping info: (Approximate prices in dollars for reference only):

1-10 cards certified: 18$

10-40 cards certified: 22$

40-60 cards certified: 27$

180 cards certified: 36$

360 cards certified: 44$

"Priority shipping Gold" will always be certified and shipped Before any silver or bronze services. The same applies for "priority shipping Silver" over bronze. 

Stretch goals:

500.000 SEK: Customization of the boxes and additional colours available for Covers and boxes.

850.000 SEK: -Chain of ownership implemented and digital binder with the real Scans of your certified cards in the webplatform

additional cover colours
additional cover colours

 

Team:

Playable Certification will start with a centralized service based in Sweden, EU. Playable Certification services bound for the EU will ship from within the EU so there is no extra custom charges.

After the first 12 months from the beginning of this kickstarter Campaign, a local service will be provided in other UE countries. We have already started the network and have the pleasure of announcing the commitment of two well known collectors and players:

Marc Lanigra, who will focus on the German community.

Lorenzo Novaro, who will focus on the Italian community.

This network will give us the opportunity to have a closer presence at events and eventually make Playable Certification available live at gaming conventions on a regular basis even after the Early Bird Live Service.

 

From left: Marc Lanigra, Lorenzo Novaro, Gordon Andersson and Felipe Garcia
From left: Marc Lanigra, Lorenzo Novaro, Gordon Andersson and Felipe Garcia

Suppliers:

Thinfilm: Norway. In charge of the NFC tag development.  http://thinfilm.no/

Rolling Optics: Sweden. In charge of designing and providing the 3D printed optics.  http://www.rollingoptics.com/

Herpatech: Sweden. In charge of the coordination and manufacturing of the Playable Certification Sleeve. http://www.herpatech.se/

Paladin Sleeves: Poland. In charge of the Cover Black sleeve. http://www.nskn.net/en2/paladin-card-protection-is-here-to-serve-all-your-gaming-needs/

Limited edition supply: Spain. Francisco Javier Arenas, In charge of any limited and unlimited edition supplies, like boxes or binder's covers.

Collaborators:

Gordon Andersson:Pictures and video

Gistvall Holm: Graphics and logo

ALMI: Business support

AWA patent: Patent Consultant

Budget:

The Kickstarter Goal has been calculated following a carefull and realistic approach. Here you can take a look at it:

 


Why Kickstarter?

We are not only the inventors of this patented sleeve but first and foremost playing collectors and we firmly believe that crowfounding is the right way to build this company from the community. Our enterprise will be based on the playing collector´s concerns, wishes and proposals.

 

 

Risks and challenges

I have had the pleasure in my professional career as an architect to work in very complex projects like the London 2012 Olympics. I have learned from them the importance of communication and teamwork to solve technical and creative problems.

The Playable Certification Sleeve needs to be developed after the Kickstarter campaign is successful, but many meetings with manufacturers have already taken place in order to offer realistic release dates to the backers.

All the necessary technologies to manufacture our innovative sleeves are already operational and they just need minor adaptations to fulfill Playable Certification Sleeve´s requirements. Play, durability and connectivity testing before shipping will ensure the quality of the service and the product.

You will be updated with all the relevant information about the progress of the project. We are confident to give you the best possible product and support. :)

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