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A deck of playing cards built on an uncommon concept which brings us together in an unique way. Visit blackbookofcards.com to order!

While this chapter of the project has ended, the story isn't over :). Visit us at BlackBookofCards.com to order yours!

Please help us bring this unique deck of playing cards into the everyday life by pledging here on Kickstarter for the rewards you fancy.  Check out the Black Book of Cards deck that we created with you in mind.

Revealed within the Black Book of Cards is a typographic design using type to create form and pattern covering each card with words like the pages within a book.

The traditional court card faces that we all know so well come to life as typographic portraits.  The meticulous process of building each word to form the faces delivers an almost life-like and tangible appearance without the use of shading.

We wanted the non-court cards within the Black Book to be just as important and design focused as the court cards therefore we treated each card as its own piece of artwork that can stand on its own.

We continued the concept of form, pattern, and type by utilizing the negative space on each card to create the actual silhouette of the pips building each line of text upon the next.

Each card within the Black Book holds its own by possessing a unique and time-intensive typographic design portraying a different look, feeling, and presence.  Very fitting for the fundamental concept behind the deck with each card representing each one of us based on the following notion.

The concept behind the Black Book begins with the notion that we all have been assigned a card that is based on the day we were born…similar to our Zodiac sign that suggests personal characteristics about those who hold that card.  We have always wanted to create a deck of cards that celebrates this idea bringing the concept to you through typographic design.  

Each card within The Black Book of Cards portrays different personality words creating unique typographic designs.  We have provided our own spin keeping it stylish, lighthearted, and design focused.

Use the below Chart Cards to determine what playing card is assigned to your birth month and day and don't forget to check it out for your friends and family.

As with any Typographic design, the font selection is an important one. 

We selected a font, HIGHWAY GOTHIC, that is commonly used on road signs across the world telling you where you are and where you are going. 

A clever font choice for its symbolism since we have all been dealt a card based on the day we were born but it's how you play the card that can lead you to where you are headed.

  
  

In our quest to bring another unique idea together with design, we have been working diligently on this project to create something you will find engaging and that we hope makes its way to your coffee table as something others would enjoy interacting with as well.  Some of you who backed our last project may remember the mini-art print you received of the typographic fella walking the streets of Chicago made up of the words shine on, shine often.  It was a hint to our focus on the typographic deck that is now here!

We hope you enjoyed checking out the new deck.  You are an important part of the team and we cannot get the deck produced without you.  Every dollar counts, so please find a reward you fancy and pledge.  We have some exciting and amusing stretch rewards planned that we hope we can reach with your help.  Thanks for checking out our project!  And share-on, we love the exposure!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are risks and challenges with every project that can occur outside of our control no matter how much planning we do. Issues can arise that involve shipping, production, and other unknowns such as natural disasters.

We cannot promise that our project will be flawless but we can say that we are prepare to tackle any obstacle that comes our way by keeping our backers informed while we work on an effective solution. If our last project is an indication of how we work, you can see that we effectively work through issues that arose with little to no affect to our backers and their end rewards.

In advance of launching this project, we have spent months working with our suppliers regarding production to work through any foreseen issues. In addition, we have weighed each reward to determine accurate shipping rates and worked through budgeting to ensure we raise enough funds to produce each unique reward. Having completed a successful Kickstarter project previously, we have a good process down for handling pledges, shipping, and fulfillment.

We hope you like the Black Book of Cards deck design. We have shared with you the unique custom tuck box, back of the playing cards, and several of the card designs. We are putting the finishing touches on the deck so stay tuned for further previews. Final production schedules are determined by USPCC and our partner printers for rewards so delivery dates could fluctuate but we have worked to ensure we built in enough time. In addition, we have worked hard to ensure the photos we provide are a good indication of what will be produced. However, all images of the decks, tuck boxes, and rewards in the above photos are mockups. The finished products may vary slightly. We will continue to update our backers on project development, production, and shipping status.

FAQ

  • Click here for a how to guide: http://theblackbookofcards.com/img/gallery/TheBlackBookofCardsHowToAddOnQRG.jpg

    To add on items, all you need to do is make sure the total dollar amount you are pledging for includes the cost for all items you would like to receive as your reward package.

    You can select your desired pledge level on the right side of the page and then you will be brought to a screen with a field where you can manually enter in a new total pledge amount to include the cost for all rewards you would like to receive. You can then shoot us a message letting us know what you added on so we can keep track as we go.

    EXAMPLE: If you selected the $12 pledge level for (1) Black Book of Cards, you would then be brought to a screen with a field that will automatically default to $12 but you can manually enter in a total of $23 to includes (2) Black Book Decks with USA shipping ($12 for the original pledge level you selected + $11 for adding one BB deck as shown on the Add-on menu). You can then shoot us a message letting us know what you added on so we can keep track as we go.

    To add-on items after you have pledged…

    You will find a “manage your pledge” button on the right-side of the home page located under the # of days left to go near the top of the page. Click on the "manage your pledge" button and it will bring you to a page where you can manually enter in a new pledge amount.

    To ADD-ON items, all you need to do is manually adjust your total pledge dollar amount to include the total dollar amount for all items you would like to receive and then send us a note letting us know what you added-on to your original pledge. This way we can keep an eye on production numbers.

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  • The Wax Seals are made of Real Wax but instead of being “stamped” directly on the deck, each seal will come with a permanent adhesive on the back where you can choose to adhere to the cellophane, directly on the tuck box, or just display it with the deck like a certificate. It is up to you.

    The Red Seals of Authenticity come with every Bicycle-branded deck but the Green Kickstarter Seal of Awesomeness can be added-on for $1 more.

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  • No, the decks will not come with the traditional Bicycle Seal since it distracts from the overall book-like tuck box design. The decks WILL come cellophane wrapped so you can ensure they have never been opened.

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  • We have printed multiple versions of the playing cards and tuck boxes to ensure our final designs will be solid. The card designs are all vector so that the lines will be crisp and clear and can be scaled without distortion/pixelation. We worked with USPCC to make sure that even the smallest sized font we used is legible and the smallest sized font is used sparingly only where the detail is needed. In addition to the decks, we have created more than a dozen prototypes for The Portofino Hardcover deck case perfecting the design, specs, and materials used.

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  • All rewards will be shipped via the United States Postal Service. We have worked hard to be able to provide favorable shipping rates including to Canada and International locations so please make sure to inform us if your address changes, if you are having your mail forwarded, or anything else we should know when shipping your package. We will be sending out a survey asking you for your shipping details shortly after the project is no longer live.

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  • Please be mindful of your countries import restrictions as everything sent from the USA via the Postal System goes through your country’s customs and we do not have control of their regulations. Based on your country’s import laws, you may be responsible to pay duties and/or taxes for your package. Your package value will be based on the pledge amount for each reward you will receive not including the cost of shipping your rewards to you.

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  • Packaging will be secure, tight, and well structured so that the contents of the package do not get banged around and damaged during transit. Please be careful when opening. If your rewards were damaged in transit, just send us photos of how the package arrive to you and the damage to the goods that occurred during transit via personal message and we can work together to get you undamaged goodies. Our packaging method is pretty solid but you never know what happens once it is out there in the wild.

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  • Thanks for your support on the Black Book of Cards! If our project is successful, we will be sending out a Survey after the project end date. Please fill out the survey when it is emailed to you so that we can ship your rewards. If you do not fill out your survey or provide your shipping address to us we will not be able to ship your reward to you.

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  • If you do not receive your rewards within a few weeks after we shipped all rewards out, please reach out to us right away via private message so that we can work on our end to determine where your package is. In addition, please reach out to your local postal office (and if international, your customs office) and notify them as well. Due to the way the mail system is set up, it is much harder for us to have access to your local post office regarding your mail piece since our mailing contacts are not located in your town. Your local mailman will be able to provide further details as to where your package is and whether it was delivered/received. Many post office locations will not hold packages pass 30 days so staying on top of delivery is important to in order to get the cooperation of the postal system. Please keep in contact with us if your package is not delivered within 30 days of when we ship.

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  • Uncut sheets are pulled directly from the press before getting cut into the individual cards. It is a printed card stock sheet with all 56 unique card fronts on one side and the back designs on the other. Approx. size 22" x 26 5/16". Uncut Sheets are a fantastic way to enjoy the diversity in the deck and the individual cards.

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  • Ah shucks!

    We hope that you will be able to identify with at least some of the words on your card however, this deck is just for entertainment purposes and is not exact. We encourage you to create your own spread by finding cards within the deck that you identify with, would like to be more like, or just like the design of the card. I am a two of diamonds, I find the 10 of spades extremely motivating, and I adore the 5 of clubs design so my spread would be a 2 diamonds, 10 spades, and 5 clubs. Have fun with it!

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  • Unfortunately no. Due to the limited print run for the Bicycle-branded decks, the only way to make sure backers do not pledge for more than what will be created, is to is use the pledge limit functionality on Kickstarter. So we ask for all backers to use the pledges on the right hand side of the page for the Bicycle-branded decks based on what is available and what is stated in the pledge description.

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  • Included on each pledge level on the right hand side of the page, is a description of the pledge, its contents, and any additional ad-on options for shipping or the like.

    If the pledge does not state that Bicycle-branded decks will be included, then no Bicycle-branded deck are included in that reward. There are specific Bicycle-branded pledge options that are limited to account for the 500 print run of each design and what is available.

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  • There is an unbranded Black Book of Card Deck and 2 Bicycle-branded versions of the decks (one that has a the Bicycle Logo Horizontally and the other one has the Bicycle Logo Vertically down the side of the tuck box). The Bicycle-branded decks have a limited print run of 500 decks per design. All three versions of the Black Book of Cards include the same custom cards inside.

    The Red Seals of Authenticity come with every Bicycle-branded deck but the Green Kickstarter Seal of Awesomeness can be added-on for $1 more.

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  • Unfortunately no. This is due to the pricing structure we have established for the add-ons in addition to the shipping costs needed for each reward.

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    Birthday Wish for $1 ________________________________ Shoot a buck our way along with your birthday (or the birthday of a friend or family member) and we will email you an electronic birthday card that includes what playing card is assigned to you. A Cheerful birthday wish for $1...not bad! Includes the cost for transmitting the message over the internet. Want more than just one e-birthday card so you can send to multiple folks?...Add a $1 per each birthday you send to us. Delivery is November so if your birthday is before then, it will be a happy belated!

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