Titanic Playing Cards
From the makers of the Unrest Series of playing cards comes a new exciting series based on life and death. This series will focus on several historical events where life and death was a major factor. In this case, we honor the historic ship known simply as RMS Titanic.
On her maiden voyage, April 10th 1912, the Titanic carried 2,224 passengers and crew towards New York City. As fate would have it, she would never make it to this destination. Late in the evening hours of April 14th she hit an iceberg. Within three hours, she sank to the bottom of the ocean taking with her 1,514 victims.
The Gilded Age returns with this stylish back design inspired by the dome above Titanic’s grand staircase.
Titanic Deluxe Edition
Designed to represent the "Gilded Age" with gold foil and embossing. Just imagine yourself in the Titanic's smoker's lounge playing poker with a set of these cards.
Death on the Titanic Tuck Case
Only 1,514 will be made available because each deck will represent one of the 1,514 victims of the Titanic disaster.
Please note: USPCC requires a minimum order of 2,500 with a plus/minus 10% window. So basically we could have anywhere between 2,250 to 2,750. At this point we will only seal (and make available here on Kickstarter) the ones that will be represented by the passengers of the Titanic. In total there will be 2,224 decks available.
Life on the Titanic
Only 710 will be made available because each deck will represent one of the 710 survivors of the Titanic disaster.
We wanted to do something unique and at the same time pay tribute to those that lived and died during this historical moment. That's why we're replacing the standard playing card seal with a custom seal using variable data. You might be asking “What are variable data seals?” Well, with digital printing you can now have different pieces of data placed on each printed seal. In our case, we’re creating seals to resemble White Star Line luggage tags and filling these tags with the name, age and sex of every passenger of the Titanic.
With USPCC you’re required to order a minimum of 2,500. In addition to that they are contractual able to go plus or minus 10%.... meaning we could end up with anywhere between 2,250 to 2,750 decks. Since the Titanic had 2,224 passenger and crew, we would hope to hit closer to the 2,250 mark. In the event, we end up closer to the 2,750 mark we can do one of two things. 1. We can leave these decks without seals or 2. We can include people that helped in the building of the ship and/or others connected to the ship. For example, Milton Hersey had a ticket for the Titanic but was unable to make the trip. No matter what…Nobody will be duplicated.
For this project we’re doing something unique and different, we’re creating a living memorial for those that sailed on the Titanic. Unfortunately, unique and different doesn’t come cheap. For example, it’s costing more than I care to mention to have these seals hand applied at the USPCC facility. That’s why we’re creating rewards levels and add-on packages that will help offset these additional costs.
Our base level pricing will start with 3rd Class and Crew. There will be 908 Crew Member decks available and 706 3rd Class decks available. As reflected within the pledge tiers, there is a $1 per deck increase for 2nd Class and a $3 per deck increase for 1st Class. Please note, larger pledge tiers will have price breaks bringing these amounts down. We’re pricing 1st and 2nd Class higher due to the rarity of these decks. While 3rd Class and Crew Members make up more than 65% of the total decks available, 1st Class will only consist of 325 decks and 2nd Class will only consist of 285 decks.
All basic pledge tiers will be randomly assigned their Titanic passenger based on the class selected. We will allow selection of specific people for an additional add-on cost of $2 per person. This extra amount covers processing costs and work required to perform this service. To request a person, please contact us first to check on availability. If the person is available we’ll notify you that your selection has been accepted and can now add the additional fee to your pledge. For notable people, we have a higher reserve of $25 due to the popularity of these people. See chart below to see who is within this group.
John Jacob Astor IV
Captain Edward Smith
Adding Value to your deck
To continue the uniqueness of this project we want to let you know how to personalize your deck even more. For $6 you’ll receive a custom “boarding pass” for the person your deck is dedicated to. This boarding pass will be printed as a playing card (same size as your deck with linen finish). It will come with a plastic individual card holder for display. You can also choose to add the card within the deck itself. Keep in mind, this add-on (boarding pass) card will be printed by MPC (not USPCC). The boarding pass will include age, sex, ticket number, cabin number, occupation, etc.
Soon you can also add-on various Titanic replicas ranging from menus to telegrams. These replicas will be individually aged and distressed to give an authentic look. We'll be posting updates about these add-ons in the coming days.
You can also compliment your deck of Titanic playing cards with poker chips and card guards (coins). With all this gear, you’ll be the talk of the town.
Risks and challenges
My wife and I have completed and fulfilled several Kickstarter projects already. We successfully fulfilled our Civil Unrest and Global Unrest playing cads earlier this year. We are currently on target to deliver our Colonial Unrest playing cards on time in November.
We have a close working relationship with USPC. With printing projects you can expect delays but with three successful projects behind us, we feel we have a reasonable target delivery date.