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About this project

The card deck for Left-Handed Players

10% of the population is left-handed. The common card deck is right-handed. So it goes. Over the years, there have been left-handed decks, but not a single one has celebrated the many famous lefties of the world. A missed opportunity in our book. With the Sinister Deck, we set out to bring lefties and righties alike a deck that's unique, a little bit educational, and plenty of good fun.

What makes our deck special?

  • Contains 54 custom, hand-illustrated cards by Michael White
  • 18 "face cards" featuring famous Left-Handed people (16 Ace-Jack + 2 Jokers)
  • Each suit is a different theme: Hearts are Musicians, Spades are Historical Figures, Clubs are Politicians, and Diamonds are Film/TV Personalities
  • Our deck is "Left-handed": Card Indicators are on the opposite sides so you can fan the cards "left-handed"
  • Special Details: We added a few subtle touches to the designs that die-hard fans will notice.  We also retained traditional deck details like the "suicidal king" and "one eyed jacks". 

UPDATE:

  • STRETCH GOAL: $25k unlocks 20 additional lefties featured on the 6-10 number cards in monochrome 
  • BONUS: All Rewards above $100 get a free deck of cards.  
  • All Reward levels will have the chance to add on extra items via BackerClub
Card Illustrations
Card Illustrations

 

The Lefties

When we started this project, we had no idea how hard it would be to narrow down the ranks of left-handed visionaries to 18 people. The more we looked, the more qualified lefties we found. Our working list is below.

Wilds/Jokers:

Nietzsche

Marie Curie

Spades (historical figures):

ACE - Neil Armstrong/Buzz Aldrin

KING - Leonardo Da Vinci

QUEEN - Helen Keller

JACK - Mark Twain

6-10 number cards - TBD for stretch goal

Clubs (politicians):

ACE - Barack Obama

KING - Julius Caesar

QUEEN - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

JACK - Fidel Castro

6-10 number cards - TBD for stretch goal

Hearts (musicians):

ACE - Mozart

KING - David Bowie

QUEEN - Lady Gaga

JACK - Paul McCartney

6-10 number cards - TBD for stretch goal

Diamonds (film):

ACE - Diane Keaton

KING - Kermit The Frog

QUEEN - Oprah

JACK - Charlie Chaplin

6-10 number cards - TBD for stretch goal

Card Prototypes
Card Prototypes

 

Joan of Arc prototype as a number card for our stretch goal
Joan of Arc prototype as a number card for our stretch goal

 

Each card is hand illustrated, featuring famous left-hand musicians, actors, and historical figures.
Each card is hand illustrated, featuring famous left-hand musicians, actors, and historical figures.

 

We moved the card indicators to the opposite side so you can fan the cards "left-handed".
We moved the card indicators to the opposite side so you can fan the cards "left-handed".

 

 Card Specs & Details

  • Standard Playing Size: Our cards will be standard playing card dimensions: 2.5" x 3.5".
  • Box: Each deck will live in a custom tuck box for safekeeping.
  • Quality: Our cards will be printed on the highest quality cardstock available. 
  • Shipping: We've added shipping options for each of our rewards and have included the shipping on the basic deck rewards to keep the pricing simple. 
Card "tuck box" prototype
Card "tuck box" prototype

 

This nifty t-shirt is one of our reward options
This nifty t-shirt is one of our reward options

Who We Are

Tiger is a left-handed creative living in Echo Park, Los Angeles with his three cats, Cat Stevens, Ziggy Purrdust and Chauncey Gardener.  He has a dozen years of experience in product management.  In his free time, he creates music and hosts game nights.  He also founded the cat clothing / charity brand The Future Is Feline

Michael is a full-time illustrator and Scenic Artist living in Highland Park, Los Angeles.  He has successfully launched the "Little Hipsters” book Kickstarter Project.  On certain weekends, you can find him in Joshua Tree playing Settlers of Catan. 

The boys in the war room
The boys in the war room

 

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing is the biggest risk when making card decks so we secured a reputable manufacturer that we've used before for printing. The time window for production is about 3 months.

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