What happened with the original project? Have you ever heard the adage, "The best laid plans of Mice and Men"? We didn't either. We didn't like the restriction of options and features with providing decks solely through USPCC and the difficult process and manufacturing time required to produce a Bicycle Branded product. Also, the restriction on limited quantity purchases drove our previous goal far too high.
Therefore, we decided to use the same printer that the deck's designer did with his first deck; Zombie Origin. The quality was great, the production and shipping was fast and we could order as little as one deck and as many as a hundred thousand.
So what can we offer now?
- 4 Card Back Designs
- Marked and Unmarked Decks
- 4 variant tuck boxes
- Faster delivery (2 month total turn around time from the time of the project end to delivery to your door).
- A Stretch Goal for a USPCC Bicycle Version - only one design, but we'll let you vote if we make the stretch goal.
This is a fully playable deck of cards, no tricks there. However it is a 'Transformation' deck meaning that the art on every custom card takes some liberty with how it treats the pips.
The deck is a celebration of Jokers, made by Jokers for Jokers, Joksters and people who just love art (and don't worry, there are no clowns in this deck for those who still harbor anxiety from movies like Poltergeist and IT!.)
The concept began with an admiration of jokers in classic, modern and unusual decks. We wanted to depict four common themes, each one representing a suit. Spades represents the dark, sinister and sometimes evil Jokers. Clubs illuminates the risque, burlesque and pin-up Jokers. Hearts are for the romantic and comical fare who see jesters as fun frolicy folk. And finally diamonds, a vision of the classic and traditional jokers doing their joker things.
Of course with four themes, we felt it fitting to bring on four artists to represent each theme. Four jokers if you will to design the four joker suits. We searched the world over and recruited specialized artists from England, Italy, Croatia and Argentina. Our chief designer from the US put together the artistic team and is the voice behind the design element of this deck.
Each Joker Style is represented as one of the cardbacks. Choose your favorite. Comic, Sinister, Burlesque and Classic
Each illustration is original, detailed and intriguing.
So what kind of Jokers do you put in an All Joker deck? Well first, you put 4 Jokers in, next you make a non-joker Joker that is perfect in a Magical Reveal (clothed and unclothed). Then you stick jokers on a bike, because who doesn't like Jokers on a bike? Finally, and my favorite, a bearded lady. (Also available in Poster Sizes).
Each tuckbox is dedicated to a specific Style of Joker. Sinister, Burlesque, Classic and Comedic. The same tuck boxes are used for marked and unmarked decks so you can do the 'ol switcheroo'.
Full Uncut Sheet $35
Frame Ready Card Prints $19 - 8 1/2" x 11"
Card prints are modified slightly removing the suit and indices but keeping the general design. Only the Spades court will be shown top half, all other court cards will be full reversible view.
Poster $35 - 24" x 36"
$17,000 - Release of the Bicycle Branded Deck
$20,000 - Release of the Variant Bicycle Branded Deck
Please hold international shipping payments until we are ready to ship. Why? Because we use a shipping service that gives us the best possible price when shipping overseas, we want to pass any discounts on to you. Also because if you pay now, KS and Amazon will glean 10% forcing us to charge more to cover their take. Finally, because we don't want to set our goal higher to ensure we can pay for deck production and shipping! Thanks for understanding. The chart below will give you an idea of the approximate shipping cost:
Risks and challenges
We've mitigated the risk of production and delivery by using the same printer we did on our first deck which allows us to produce the decks faster and in smaller quantities which also allows us to produce more variants. The quality and feel of the linen finish is exquisite and we are happy to be able to produce some beautiful cards for a very low overall project goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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