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The Bicycle® Excellence is a part of Elite's "Premium Collection" series. A new lineage of elegance in playing card design.
The Bicycle® Excellence is a part of Elite's "Premium Collection" series. A new lineage of elegance in playing card design.
1,366 backers pledged $68,884 to help bring this project to life.

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In November 2013, we released the Gold deck. Over the weeks that followed, we received rave reviews and requests to design a red deck. Shortly after that, we traveled to the world's capital of luxury: Paris. The city's unique atmosphere and the haute couture inspired the creation of the Bicycle® Excellence. A masterpiece of pure elegance and sophistication.

The Bicycle® Excellence celebrates the beauty of Elite's craftsmanship. Premium tuck case made with highly reflective gold foil, metallic inks and more. Flawless finesse for professionals and collectors.

The back of the deck features a superb guilloché pattern and is infused with a deep gold metallic ink, specifically formulated for Elite.

The faces are graced with classic harmonious lines, and adorned by an exquisite gold gradient.

Fascinating from every angle, the Bicycle® Excellence is the result of months of dedicated design. It combines exceptional detail with the highest quality materials.

When you open a fresh pack of Bicycle® Excellence, the first thing you'll notice is the smooth finish of the cards. They are made from a linen textured stock and finished with a soft coating. They handle like silk. It feels smooth like velvet. Instead of ink, the design is created entirely from several layers of highly reflective gold foil.

   Deck Features:

  • Premium box made of Rich Red Vellum Paper and Gold Foil - stretch goal
  • 100% custom art from the faces to the pips
  • Custom-made gold metallic ink - stretch goal
  • Linen Finish
  • Magic Coating (the cards handle smoothly and last longer than regular decks)
  • Limited edition closure seal - stretch goal
  • 2 Gaff Cards with multiple uses
  • Embossed tuck case - stretch goal
  • Quality, durable, Bicycle® stock
  • Limited edition of 5.000 decks - will never be re-printed again

A limited edition luxury piece. Printed by the United States Playing Card Company/Bicycle®

ADD-ONS:

The following add-ons can be added to any of the backer levels. Just increase the amount of your existing pledge to get what you see in this section. Click here to see how to do it.

Bicycle® Excellence decks: $10

 Limited Edition

Signed Posters: $100

These fine luxury edition Signed Art Prints are produced on a specialist textured artist paper that makes the colors rich and vibrant. The Premium Glossy European paper and inks are color guaranteed for 70 years. Size: 8.3'' x 11.7''. Comes complete with a wood frame.

 Luxury Leather Cases: $100

Handcrafted to perfection in Italy, the Excellence Leather Cases are made with a soft premium Horween leather, for an unparalleled quality that lasts a lifetime. Each Leather Case is made to order exclusively for you, and takes two days to be finished. Only 10 will be made.

Excellence Card Cases: $35   

Made from High Quality Anodized Aluminum (the same material iPads are made of) the Excellence Cases are entirely made by a special laser process. These state-of-the-art Cases are guaranteed to last a lifetime and offer the best protection for your Excellence cards. Ultra light and highly resistant. Available in black, gold, and "red velvet" finish. The perfect match for your Excellence decks. They can be laser engraved with your own name. Contact us privately for more details.

Red Velvet Card Case:

Black/Gold Card Case:

Gold Card Case:

Excellence Gold Foil T-shirt: $25  

Our Luxury edition Excellence T-shirts, are made of high quality ultra soft cotton. In addition to exceptional comfort, the design is made of gold foil print, not ink. Affordable luxury, these heavy cotton t-shirts look and feel great. Wear your playing card love, with a premium t-shirt. Available in all sizes. Kickstarter exclusive.

 Collector's Excellence Poker sets: $200 - $690

Our Limited Edition Excellence Poker Sets made from rosewood, with the Excellence brand carved and filled in gold. The inside of the box is lined with soft black felt. Plus: professional casino quality ceramic poker chips, 2 autographed Excellence Decks, and 5 Dice. Available in 100 chips and 300 chips.

 Professional Casino Quality Ceramic Chips:

  Close up of the chips and dealer button:

 Limited Edition Collector's Luxury Rosewood Box: $150  

These Limited Edition Collector's Rosewood boxes are made from rare exotic imported Rosewood. Rosewood is used in luxury furniture and it's not widely available. The wood has a natural aromatic sweet smell that lasts for years. The Excellence brand is carved and filled in gold. The inside of the box is lined with soft black felt. Each box comes with 2 signed Excellence decks and 5 Dice. These boxes are a premium item for collectors and for this reason ONLY 5 will be available.

Excellence Collector's coin: $10

Made from steel with an antique gold finish, the Excellence coin is crafted in intricate detail exclusively for collectors. This is a limited edition of 300 coins only and available exclusively on kickstarter. A rare collector's piece that you’re likely to never see twice.

Excellence Dice Holder: $14

When we started designing the Excellence dice, we asked ourselves: how can we make a truly "excellence dice"? We have spent the past days designing several prototypes and refining the idea with our leather craftsman in Italy. This is the result. Gorgeous. Unique. And not available anywhere else in the world. Introducing the Excellence Dice Holder. Complete with 1 Dice Holder, 1 Burgundy Die and 1 Bordeaux Die.

Red Leather:

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 Excellence Playing Cards Uncut Sheet: $40

These are pulled manually from the printing press in their most pure state: uncut. Can you imagine how your wall is going to look with one of these limited edition Uncut sheets? Each Uncut Sheet features 56 cards including jokers, aces, and gaff cards. The sheets are always printed in low quantities, thus rare. They are one of the most desired collector's item. Kickstarter exclusive. Limited Edition: only 50 available.

Stretch Goals:

We have planned some exclusive features and exciting new rewards for every funding benchmark we achieve.

  • Reaching $15K - The deck is funded and released ✓ Unlocked!
  • Reaching $20K - The Excellence dice will be released ✓ Unlocked!
  • Reaching $25K - The decks will be printed with metallic inks ✓ Unlocked!
  • Reaching $30K - The Excellence 18K gold plated ring will be released ✓ Unlocked!
  • Reaching $40K - The decks will come with a custom closure seal ✓ Unlocked!
  • Reaching $55K - The box will have highly reflective gold foil ✓ Unlocked!
  • Reaching $75K - The box will be manufactured with premium red vellum paper.
  • Reaching $90K - The box will be embossed
  • Reaching $100K - A rare limited edition white pearl version of the deck will be released.

About us:

We are a small team of people with background in Television, Product Development, Distribution, and Industrial Design. We love to design playing cards and we create them with passion. We only design playing cards that we would use, and we work everyday to bring our vision to life. We feel privileged to be able to share our work with you, and thank you for making this happen!

Funding: 

Your contributions will be used to print and manufacture the rewards of the Bicycle® Excellence deck. All of our products are 100% proudly made in the USA. We have great pride in supporting our economy by using american based manufacturing, and delivering rewards with unparalleled quality to our backers. Thank you for making this happen!

Risks and challenges

We have had 8 successful projects funded here on kickstarter. Our last project: "Bicycle One Million deck" is currently being printed at the USPCC and we estimate to deliver it by May 2014.

There's nothing more important for us than getting your rewards delivered in a timely manner, and for that reason, we always ship our decks earlier than the estimated delivery date. We manufacture many the rewards ourselves and we rarely outsource. This ensures that we have control over the production, thus we always deliver in time.

Without any delays from the printer (the United States Playing Card Company) we estimate to deliver the decks by August.

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    Receive 1 Bicycle Excellence deck + 1 Limited Edition Excellence Ace of Spades made from Gold Anodized Aluminum.

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    Receive 2 Bicycle Excellence decks.

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    Receive 1 Bicycle Excellence deck + 1 Limited Edition Antique Gold finish Coin.

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    NEW Reward: 2 Excellence Dice Holders (red and black leather) + 2 Pairs of Dice (2 Burgundy & 2 Bordeaux)

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    Receive 1 Luxury Edition Excellence T-shirt (made of gold foil) + 2 Bicycle Excellence decks.

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    Excellence CARD CASE: Receive 1 Bicycle Excellence deck + 1 Limited Edition Card Case (Available in Black, Gold, and Red Velvet finish). LIMITED to 100 of each only.

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    UNCUT SHEET: Receive 1 Bicycle Excellence Signed Uncut Sheet + 1 Bicycle Excellence deck. Limited Edition.

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    HALF BRICK: Receive 6 Excellence decks.

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    Cases Combo: Receive 2 Excellence Card Cases + 2 Bicycle Excellence decks. (Cases available in Black, Gold, and Red Velvet finish). You can select your favorite finish/color.

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    Signed Edition: Receive 2 Signed Bicycle Excellence decks + 2 regular Bicycle Excellence decks + 1 Signed and numbered Uncut Sheet.

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    Uncut Sheet COMBO - You receive 1 Bicycle Excellence Signed Uncut Sheet + 6 Bicycle Excellence decks. Limited Stock.

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    Leather Card Case: Receive 1 Bicycle Excellence Leather Case + 1 Bicycle Excellence Signed deck. Made from Premium Horween leather and handcrafted to perfection. Collector's Edition. Only 10 available.

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    1 Luxury Edition Signed Poster + 2 Bicycle Excellence decks.

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    Excellence BRICK: Receive 1 Brick of Bicycle Excellence decks.

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    Collector's Limited Edition Rosewood Excellence box + 2 Signed Bicycle Excellence decks and 5 Dice. This is a Premium Collector's Edition item and will be available to ONLY 5 people.

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    Excellence Package: Receive 10 Bicycle Excellence decks + 1 Art Print + 1 Uncut Sheet + 1 Card Case + 1 Gold Foil T-shirt.

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    Excellence Collector's Poker Set: Receive a Limited Edition Poker Set, made from rare exotic imported rosewood. Complete with 100 professional casino quality ceramic chips, 2 Signed Bicycle Excellence Decks, 5 Dice and dealer chip. Plus 1 Gold Foil T-shirt.

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    Excellence Collector's Poker Set: Receive a Limited Edition Poker Set, made from rare exotic imported rosewood. Complete with 300 professional casino quality ceramic chips, 2 Signed Bicycle Excellence Decks, 5 Dice and dealer chip. Plus 1 Gold Foil T-shirt.

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    Collector's Excellence Custom Framed Uncut Sheet. You will receive One Bicycle Excellence signed uncut sheet framed in a exquisitely handcrafted contemporary wood picture frame ornamented with a flourish of bold details. Plus 10 signed decks. Museum quality glass. This reward has a stately beauty. ONLY 1 will be ever made.

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    Excellence Collector's Poker Set: Receive a Limited Edition Poker Set, made from rare exotic imported rosewood. Complete with 500 professional casino quality ceramic chips, 2 Signed Bicycle Excellence Decks, 5 Dice and Dealer Chip. Plus 1 Gold Foil T-shirt.

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    Excellence Collector's Poker Set: Receive a Limited Edition Poker Set, made from rare exotic imported rosewood. Complete with 700 professional casino quality ceramic chips, 2 Signed Bicycle Excellence Decks, 5 Dice and Dealer Chip. Plus 1 Gold Foil T-shirt.

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    Executive Producer Package: You'll get your name printed in Gold in the ad card of every single deck + 1 RARE Bicycle Excellence deck encrusted with a authentic Swarowsky Crystal + 1 Collector's Poker Set made from rare exotic imported rosewood. Complete with 300 professional casino quality ceramic chips + 1 Limited Edition Collector's Rosewood box + 12 Bicycle Excellence Decks + 1 Signed Uncut Sheet + 1 T-shirt + 1 Signed Poster + 5 Dice + 1 Dealer Chip. Only 1 available.

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