Peak Playing Cards beautifully illustrates each of Colorado's fifty-three 14ers, which are mountains rising at least 14,000 feet above sea level.
There are two decks of cards, the Day Deck and Night Deck. Each back features the summit of a mountain peeking through the clouds, surrounded by rays of sun or shining stars. Each includes all fifty-three custom designed fronts that feature Colorado's 14ers. Both are symmetrical over the horizontal axis, so nobody will know how you hold the cards in your hand.
All fifty-two playing cards and one Joker have a custom illustration of the peak of the 14er, as well as its name and elevation. The cards are ordered according to elevation; the highest peaks are aces and the lowest twos and a joker. Each card uses clean lines and lots of white space to showcase the modern design of the peak.
- 53 Fourteeners = 52 playing cards + 1 Joker
- The other Joker is a custom design featuring Red Rocks
- One blank card included so you can draw a replacement, should you lose a card
The suits are also a completely custom design. The font for the pips is modern, thin, and pairs well with the mountain design. The direction of the lines for the hearts/diamonds and clubs/spades lean opposite directions, making it easy to quickly distinguish between suits of the same color. The cards are beautiful to look at, but also easy to play with.
Peak Playing Cards will be printed by the U.S. Playing Card Company (USPCC), the same makers of the Bicycle® and Bee® brand, casino-grade playing cards. This means exceptional quality used by the pros, all made in the USA.
- Bicycle® grade, poker-size cards (2.5" x 3.5")
- Air-cushioned finish for easy dealing and handling
- Card paper stock is crafted from sustainable forest paper, starch-based laminating glue, and vegetable-based printing inks
In order to print these cards, we need your help to meet the minimum order quantity for the deck. In exchange for your help, you'll be the first to get your hand on the decks and receive exclusive Kickstarter discounts.
In addition to the cards, we have other ridiculously awesome rewards thanks to the help of local Colorado companies.
Uncut Sheet: The uncut sheet is a collector's item printed on Bicycle® paper with the fronts and backs of every card. These are the actual cards taken off the printing press before they're cut. Hang it on your wall, and mark off each one you've climbed to show off your accomplishments. Each one is numbered. Made in the U.S.A.
Shirt: The pocket tee is made from American Apparel Tri-Blend Jersey (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon), so it has everything you love about the fit, feel and durability of a vintage T-shirt, without having to wash it a hundred times. The shirt is made in the U.S.A. and printed by the fine folks of A Small Print Shop in Denver. The design is clean, simple, and free from branding, so you don't look like a walking billboard. This thing is incredibly comfortable and will probably be your go-to Netflix binging shirt. Available sizes are XS, S, M, L, and XL.
- Polyester retains shape and elasticity
- Cotton lends both comfort and durability
- Rayon makes for a unique texture and drapes against the body
- Durable rib neckband
- Tank-top instructions: Cut or rip off sleeves to have perfect tank for: volleyball, softball, camping, grilling, boating, tubing, skiing, lazy river-ing, hiking, flexing, push-ups, cribbage, poker, rummy, dancing, limbo-ing, sitting, standing, and everything.
Card Case: We partnered with Denver's Winter Session to make an exclusive and custom-designed card case. True to the minimalistic style of the cards, the only marking on the case is "Made in the USA". Like your favorite pair of jeans or that sweatshirt from high school you won't get rid of, this gets better with age. The case will become one-of-a-kind with use; oils from your fingers, rubbing against your pocket, and exposure to the sun will all affect how the leather ages.
- Made from 4 oz natural, vegetable tanned cowhide sourced from Hermann Oak Tannery in St. Louis, MO
- Machine stitched with durable nylon thread
- Solid brass snap closure
Letterpress Book: The experts at Banshee Press are printing this 60 page coffee table book that includes all fifty-three 14ers' design, name, and elevation. There's also a blank area on each page so you can document your own story for the mountain (date summited, weather, parties involved, etc.). The paper is thick, so you'll see and feel the impressions made by the machine. Only 35 will be printed, and each will be numbered. Made in the U.S.A.
- Printed using a Vandercook Universal I letterpress using Van son's rubber based inks
- Printed on Crane's cotton 110# letterpress paper
- Matte black cover and pages with silver foil ink
- PUR Perfect binding, meaning the binding is the most durable available and heat and cold resistant (we found the only PUR binder in Colorado to do this)
If you want more decks, shirts, or uncut sheets than what are in the reward tiers, you can add them individually. Just follow the instructions below.
Add-On Instructions: To add an Add-On to your pledge, follow these steps.
- 1) Press the 'Manage Your Pledge" button above. If you haven't pledged yet, it will say 'Back This Project'.
- 2) Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total of the Add-Ons you want to add ($15/deck, $24/shirt, $35/uncut sheet).
- 3) After the end of the project, you will receive a survey that will allow you to choose how you want the Add-On amount assigned.
- 4) You receive a bunch of sweet gear in the mail!
This project would not have been possible without many terrific friends and partners. There are too many to name, but here are a handful of especially great contributors. Work with them if you ever have the opportunity.
- Roy Katz and Tanya Fleisher at Winter Session, the kindest people who happen to make world-class leather and canvas goods
- Britt Madden and Ava Goldberg at Banshee Press for patience in working with a letterpress rookie
- Everyone at A Small Print Shop for being t-shirt geniuses
- Tiffany Mahan of the USPCC for outstanding customer service
- Luann at Your Bindery Finishing for figuring out how to beautifully bind our super thick letterpress paper
- Sam Larson (who's living on a lofted bed in my kitchen), for taking his summer break from school to help with the project
- Todd McLaughlin, a complete marketing guru and great friend
- YOU! For taking the time to look at this project and hopefully back it!
Risks and challenges
Although this is my first Kickstarter project, I've done enough research and spoken with others who have had successful projects to know what it takes to deliver a successful project. One of our main focuses is working with the USPCC to ensure there are no printing delays, but that is always a possibility. They've consistently delivered on time for other Kickstarter projects, and we expect the same. That said, we are still incorporating a buffer into the expected delivery time to compensate for this possibility.
Another potential challenge is that of shipping errors. Lost shipping, stolen packages, or damaged goods are all possible risks with shipping any product. We're using a third party service to ensure that our fulfillment and shipping of rewards is done accurately and timely.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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