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About

   

Marquis Playing Cards is an original set of high quality luxurious playing card designed by me, Brendan Hong. Marquis is inspired by classical style of playing cards of the 20th century. In creating the series, I wanted to create a set of playing cards taking that inspiration from the elegance and wonders of classical design of playing cards.

I grew up with playing cards in my life. I remember always have a deck of playing cards around whether it being playing games with family or friends or just learning simple things like shuffling a deck. It is this perfect blend of design and function. I wanted to create a deck of playing cards expressing my love of it.

One of my favourite aspect of playing cards is seeing the various different take on the traditional court cards. While we're so use to the one common set of courts we have today, there have been so many variations of them as different printers, designers and artist have tackle the job of taking something that is very well-know and made it their own yet so very instantly recognizable. With the rise of modern playing card, it's been such a joy to see all the designers that have created their own take on this. 

For Marquis Playing Cards, I've created two completely unique set of court cards and jokers. The Noble Edition has a new set of traditional court cards while the Royal and Imperial Edition feature their own unique illustrated courts cards with illustrated aces. The Imperial Edition of Marquis Playing Cards take everything a step further being housed in a Carat Card Case with its own artwork laser engraved onto it, and with a cigar band sealed with a wax seal.

 

   

An explanations of prices from Marquis Update #4 

   

 

Prototype images of the Marquis Royal and Imperial deck seals
Prototype images of the Marquis Royal and Imperial deck seals

 

Prototype images of Noble Jack of Spades and Royal Jack of Spades
Prototype images of Noble Jack of Spades and Royal Jack of Spades

 

Prototype images of Noble Queen of Diamonds and Royal Queen of Diamonds
Prototype images of Noble Queen of Diamonds and Royal Queen of Diamonds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prototype image of Noble edition Ace of Spade and back design
Prototype image of Noble edition Ace of Spade and back design

 

Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia
Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia

 

Prototype images of number cards for all editions of Marquis Playing Cards
Prototype images of number cards for all editions of Marquis Playing Cards

 

Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia
Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia

 

Prototype image comparing Marquis Noble Queen of Clubs and traditional Queen of Clubs
Prototype image comparing Marquis Noble Queen of Clubs and traditional Queen of Clubs

 

Prototype image comparing Marquis Noble Jack of Diamonds and traditional Jack of Diamonds
Prototype image comparing Marquis Noble Jack of Diamonds and traditional Jack of Diamonds

 

Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia
Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia

The current incarnation of court cards have been with us for so long they are instantly recognizable. Hold up any of them and even from a distant, a person could tell what it is. In creating my own version of the traditional court cards, I've tried to ensure that each card features key elements but injected with my own creative freedom and style to make sure it's greater than its parts

Prototype images of Noble edition tuck design featuring silver foil (front and back)
Prototype images of Noble edition tuck design featuring silver foil (front and back)

 Features:

  • 54 fully unique custom cards
  • Unique court cards inspired by traditional court card design
  • Jokers and Ace of Spades unique to this edition
  • Printed on EPCC Classic Stock and Finish
  • Tuck case printed on premium synthetic stock for extended durability and tear resistance
  • Printing on the exterior and interior of the tuck case along with silver foiling
  • Limited to one print-run
  • Available as add-ons to your pledges

 

   

Prototype image of Noble edition Aces
Prototype image of Noble edition Aces

 

Prototype image comparing Marquis Noble Red Joker and Royal Red Joker
Prototype image comparing Marquis Noble Red Joker and Royal Red Joker

 

 

Prototype image of Royal Edition Ace of Spade and back design with golden flowers as foil
Prototype image of Royal Edition Ace of Spade and back design with golden flowers as foil

 

Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia
Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia

 

Prototype image comparing Marquis Noble Queen of Clubs and Royal Queen of Clubs
Prototype image comparing Marquis Noble Queen of Clubs and Royal Queen of Clubs

 

Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia
Photo of prototype deck by Anthony Ingrassia

 

Prototype image comparing Marquis Royal King of Clubs and Noble King of Clubs
Prototype image comparing Marquis Royal King of Clubs and Noble King of Clubs

Two of my favourite decks from the modern era have been Uusi's Blue Blood and Blue Blood Redux with their beautifully done set of court cards. I love the idea that there is a narrative spin to the cards. There's a greater story being told and illustrated through the artwork.Inspired by this I have done the same with the court cards for the Royal and Imperial edition of Marquis. That is one of the little extras I wanted to add to this set of court cards.

Digital render of Royal Edition tuck case featuring embossing with silver and copper foil (front and back)
Digital render of Royal Edition tuck case featuring embossing with silver and copper foil (front and back)

 

Prototype images of illustrated Aces
Prototype images of illustrated Aces

Features:

  • Limited to only 800 editions printed 
  • Limited to one print-run
  • Only available in limited tiers
  • 54 fully unique custom cards
  • Unique, illustrated court cards
  • Unique jokers and illustrated Aces only available in the limited editions
  • Back design stamped with gold foil and printed with metallic inks
  • Printed on EPCC Damask Stock and Finish
  • Tuck case printed on premium shimmering stock
  • Tuck case features exterior Copper and Silver foiling and embossing while the interior features Silver foil
  • Numbered seals with metallic foil

 

 

 

Digital render of Imperial Edition tuck case featuring embossing with holographic and gold foil (front and back)
Digital render of Imperial Edition tuck case featuring embossing with holographic and gold foil (front and back)

 

Photos of sample engraved Carat Card Case
Photos of sample engraved Carat Card Case

Sherman of Carat Card Case and I have been working over a year to create an engraved Carat Card Case that would be sized to fit the EPCC deck well. The laser engraving creates a beautiful frosted effect as you can see below. The whole case will be wrapped in a cigar band that will be sealed with wax with my own personal logo.

 

Photos of sample banded engraved Carat Card Case
Photos of sample banded engraved Carat Card Case

 

Test samples of wax seals with cigar bands around enclosed Carat Card Cases
Test samples of wax seals with cigar bands around enclosed Carat Card Cases

Features:

  • Limited to only 200 decks
  • Limited to one print-run
  • Carat Card Cased enclosed edition limited to 75 decks
  • Only available in limited tiers
  • Features the same unique cards in the Royal Edition of Marquis Playing Cards
  • Tuck case printed on luxurious pearlescent paper stock 
  • Tuck case features exterior gold and holo foiling and embossing while the interior features holo foiling
  • Unique holo-foil numbered seals
  • Only available in pairs
  • Of the pairs: one deck will come in laser engraved on all sides Carat Card Case featuring a signed and numbered cigar band sealed and stamped with traditional breakable wax, other will deck will come without case
  • Fully engraved Carat Card Case
  • New Carat Card Case sized for a snug fit with EPCC decks
  • US and Canadian backers of Imperial Edition of Marquis Playing Card tiers will be shipping directly from Canada after I've signed and sealed them
  • International backers of Imperial Edition of Marquis Playing card tiers will be shipped from the US after I have consolidated all the international Royal Edition tiers; this is the best method to offer the best price on postage

  

Sample of Hive 1 print of Tairei Bond paper stock (photo courtesy of Anthony Ingrassia)
Sample of Hive 1 print of Tairei Bond paper stock (photo courtesy of Anthony Ingrassia)

 

Sample of Hive 1 print of Tairei Bond paper stock (photo courtesy of Anthony Ingrassia)
Sample of Hive 1 print of Tairei Bond paper stock (photo courtesy of Anthony Ingrassia)

A limited number of select tiers will feature high quality prints on a premium Japanese paper stock known as Tairei Bond paper. It is a luxurious and beautiful quality paper where some fibres have a soft and subtle, almost glowing effect in certain lighting. All prints will be signed and shipped directly from Canada.  

All print tiers will use the illustrated court card artworks except for the Royal Jester, which uses artwork from both decks, and Princess tier, which allows you to pick any artwork.

 

Samples of some of art cards
Samples of some of art cards

 

A limited number of select tiers will feature unique signed artwork created on 2.5" x 3.5" housed in a hard toploader for protection. The pieces of art are all uniquely created with coloured pencils, ink and metallic paint. Over the years while designing the various decks I've created, there's been a lot of ideas and designs for project that have never come to fruition. I've decided to use some of those ideas as artwork on these unique art pieces. All artwork will be randomly packaged in the selected tiers through which they are available 

 

 For add-ons, please add the appropriate amount to your existing pledge. When the Kickstarter campaign is over, a survey will be sent out so that you may indicate which add-on you've added to your pledge.

Unfortunately, shipping packages is expensive; that is the honest truth of it. I am charging the rates given to me to ensure that I have collect the correct funds in order to properly fulfil all the pledges. As a backer in Canada, I very much understand the pain that the highest cost of shipping that every international backer feels. Ultimately, shipping cost, more so for international packages, have gone up. Crowd Fulfilment by Collectable Playing Card will be handling fulfilment of a majority of the rewards from the US. A small select amount of tiers will be personally fulfilled by me in Canada.

 I want to give a big thanks to all my supporters whether you've been here since the beginning with The Hive series or just started recently Marquis. All of your support makes it possible for me to keep designing. A special thanks to those that have taken the time to kindly reach out to me.

A huge thanks to Jackson Robinson, of Kings Wild Project, and his wonderful family. They're a kind and amazing people and taken a chance to help make a dream of my life a reality. 

I've got to also thank Anthony, Marcus and Lee for their help and input in this project. It wouldn't be half as good without them.

Risks and challenges

This is my second playing card project on Kickstarter. My first Kickstarter, Dynasty Playing Cards, was a big success and was fulfilled ahead of schedule. Besides that, I've had plenty of experience with Kickstarter having worked on and assisted Kings Wild Project on many of their past projects. All this has given me a firm understanding of all the pieces that go into making a crowdfunding project a success, during and, most importantly, after the project. To me, the project is not over until every backer has received their reward. There's always some risk and I've done my best to ensure that I've minimized as much of it as possible.

I've worked with Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC) multiple times for all of my playing card projects. We have a great working relationship. As of the launch of this project, all of the artwork is done and everything has already been pre-approved by the printers without issue. All images displayed are prototypes and, though they've gone through the approval process, may potentially change from the final product. I will do my utmost to give notice to backers regarding any major changes though I don't foresee any trouble or issues with them as I've had plenty of experience understanding the limitation and how far I can push a design.

Both the printing and shipping of the finished decks to the USA can be a long process , and so I have factored in time accordingly. Through it all, I will provide updates detailing the progress and letting backers know if any unforeseen issues come up.

One of the biggest and most important aspects of a crowdfunding project is the fulfillment of the rewards. I've had great success working with crowd fulfillment by Collectable Playing Cards for the fulfilment of the Dynasty project. I've decided to use them again, to fulfill Marquis Playing Cards.

As for shipping prices, it is as it is; it really does cost a lot, especially for international backers. As an international backer myself, I know that pain, and I have charged a fair amount for the postage to ensure that I have the appropriate funds for fulfillment of the project. To me, it's of the utmost importance that I am honest and transparent with the cost of it. I need to make sure that I have charged the appropriate amount for shipping. I've seen too many project where the proper fulfillment amount isn't charged and backers either don't get their reward or it takes years for them to get it. I don't want to do that to my backers. I want to make sure that once fulfillment starts, the fulfillment centre can package and ship out all the rewards back to back without any major delays.

I've used all my experience and knowledge to factor in the appropriate time needed for all stages of the project and to honestly, add some extra time to account for any unforeseen delays. Equally, I've made sure that there is a small reserve fund built into the funding goal to help offset any potential cost that may come up. It's hard to predict things so far in advance, but being as prepared as possible is the best course I can set for my backers.

Currency conversion is a bit tough as a currency's value against another shifts every day. I'm currently using the conversion of $1 Can = $0.75 US.

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