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A playing card series by Jody Eklund inspired by the building of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad.
A playing card series by Jody Eklund inspired by the building of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad.
A playing card series by Jody Eklund inspired by the building of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad.
769 backers pledged $45,608 to help bring this project to life.

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Golden Spike Bicycle® Playing Cards

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These Jokers will only be in the Gold Edition and will not be put in the Bicycle branded deck. There will be Gold metallic ink for the corner symbols as well as the "Joker" title. Once the funding reaches $25,000 these jokers will be unlocked.

 I’m excited to introduce a deck of cards that has not only stretched me artistically, and has taught me a lot about our nations history, but also has become a project of passion.

The idea for this deck started with my kids and their love of trains, joined with my wife's ability to recall random history lessons from school and a theme began to emerge.  As I thought about the strong images that came to mind when you think about the big steam engines, I knew I needed to find a topic to carry the theme that was just as big!

Golden Spike Playing Cards are inspired by the completion of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad On May 10th, 1869. It was the first rail line that connected the east to the west and revolutionized transportation and commerce in a post Civil War United States. A Golden Spike was created as a commemorative piece to celebrate the completion of the 1st transcontinental railroad and was driven into the ground where the Union Pacific met the Central Pacific Railroad at Promontory Point, Utah. When the hammer rang out and the golden spike was driven into the ground, a new era of industry and expansion rang out across the United States.

Each playing card deck has been illustrated using a cross hatch technique to mimic the style of engraving and lithographs that were common to the time period.  Each card has been researched and given ample time to create and refine each illustration.  

Take a closer look! Click on the links below to see a detail view:

Features:

  • Printed by the United States Playing Card Company
  • Each court card, Ace and Ad card will have original illustrations, capturing the feel of the era and the major players in the creation of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad 
  • Original Art for the Jokers and ad cards which will not be available in the Golden Spike "Gold Edition" deck 
  • The tuck cases will have original illustrations and depict the Central Pacific train “Jupiter.”
  • There will be an Ad card that will give the names of the characters

Take a closer look! Click on the links below to see a detail view:

Features:

  • Printed by the Legends Playing Card Company 
  • Each court card, Ace and Ad cards will have original illustrations, capturing the feel of the era and the major players in the creation of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad 
  • Original Art for the Jokers and ad cards which will not be available in the Golden Spike "Bicycle" deck 
  • The Tuck case will be printed on the highest quality card stock and have Gold foil embossing and Gold metallic ink
  • The tuck case will have an original illustration that depicts the Union Pacific train “119.”
  • The Black Suites will have gold metallic ink for the Pips and Index symbols
  • The Red suites will have red metallic ink for the Pips and Index symbols
  • There will be an Ad card that will give the names of the characters

Full catalogue of cards and the history behind the characters will be available during the campaign.

Backers will have the opportunity to choose the design for the final extra cards. Updates will follow during the project.

How to get your Add-Ons:

1. After you have pledged to the project there will be a blue Manage your pledge button on the right hand column as seen above.  

2. Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total of the add-ons you want to add. Unless you want to change your tier at the same time, Do not change the tier you are currently pledged at. If you do change your tier, just add the total of add-ons to your new tier level. (If you are an international backer, please be sure to pledge the international amount)   

3. You then have to confirm your new pledge amount and will be sent to Amazon for checkout completion! 

4. Important! Be sure to message me about your add-ons so I can be sure to mark it down! It creates a lot less confusion at the end.

Thank you to my team: 

  • Lisa Eklund - My wife, writer, and partner
  • Chad Parker - Video Editor and project advisor
  • Andrew Bartels - Deck collector and project advisor
  • Christian Sass - Fellow artist and artistic counsel
  • Volant Angel - Card collector and project counsel
  • Jason "CBJ" Rideout - Card collector and project counsel
  • Mike Ratledge - Card collector and reward advisor

Risks and challenges

I have done a lot of research and put together a great team of people to ensure that this project goes as smoothly as possible. There may be unforeseen obstacles that may arise, but I have prepared by surrounding myself with a knowledgeable team of people, and a healthy dose of personal research to minimize any problems. The delivery date is a conservative date in order to make sure the production of the cards are not rushed. As a designer, illustrator and consumer, I know that it is necessary to have a high-end product and I am committed to delivering the best product possible.

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