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The 3rd deck from Encarded. Art Deco design motifs in a fully custom deck of Bicycle® branded playing cards. Limited production.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our most recent custom playing card project! Deco designed as a matched pair and is a limited production. Only 2,500 sets will be printed. We encourage you to pledge today!

Background:

Encarded's first two decks, Tendril and Aurum, explored a variety of new ideas in playing card design. Shadow borders, face patterns that are more than just texture, organic symmetry, purposeful imperfections, custom die cuts, laser cutting. Some of those features still don't exist on any other custom deck. Since each deck we design is nothing like the one before, we once again will take a 180 degree turn and the next deck from Encarded is simpler at first glance, but to those people that appreciate the finer things it's a Bicycle deck like you've never seen before.

Deco aims to tap into the mystique of casino-style decks of the past, with their boldly simple design, but bring the exceptional modern handling and finishes to the forefront. Deco also wanted to be visually simple from a distance but packed with subtle detail up close. All of this is packaged into a fully custom deck that is still familiar and perfectly playable, like all Bicycle decks.

Deco Proof Sheets
Deco Proof Sheets
Deco Silver
Deco Silver
Deco Bronze
Deco Bronze
Deco Silver and Bronze
Deco Silver and Bronze

Card Details:

  • Deco will be a limited 5,000 deck production by the US Playing Card Company. They will be sold in a pair, 2,500 sets total. It will not be reprinted or released again. Most major deck releases are printed in the tens of thousands, so Deco will be a guaranteed rarity from the start.
  • The cards will be on the highest-end Bee Casino stock with the excellent Magic finish. They will handle at the supreme top-end of the playing card scale. When you bring these out at your next poker game all your friends will notice how great they shuffle.
  • Deco Silver will be the light deck, with metallic silver, rich blue and white tones. Deco Bronze will be the dark deck, with warm near-black colors, metallic red and metallic bronze.
  • Deco has unique 90-degree four corner pips, carefully designed to assist with identifying cards when playing card games as well as adding visual detail during card flourishing or magic.
  • Deco will feature many elegant, hand-crafted details. Metallic inks add shimmer and depth and the deck is housed in a beautiful foil and embossed tuck box. 
  • After this Kickstarter, Deco will be released in the Encarded store. You will get your decks first and at a better price by pledging today!


Deco "Personal Edition" Collector Deck

KICKSTARTER SPECIAL. This will be your first chance to get a completely unique playing card collectible. 

Until now, a personalized deck has meant the designer scribbled your name on it with a pen. Encarded takes it to the next level by precision-cutting your initials directly into the special tuck box, infusing your identity into the box like never before. Peeking through these cut outs will reveal design features not visible in the standard sealed deck.

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We will create a custom, precision-cut USPCC tuck box in a beautiful black linen paper which is overprinted with a subtle deco pattern. The front of the box has a carefully designed cut-out that frames the main back design, and the back of the box will feature YOUR INITIALS (up to 3 characters) precision cut from the box. As you can see in the prototype above, Paul has cut out "PDC" for himself.

The elegant black linen box can have either Deco color in it. For maximum contrast, select the silver deck. For a subtle and stealthy look, select a Bronze deck. You will be able to choose your color in the survey.

The deck will be signed on the bottom, cellophaned and sealed with the Encarded holographic seal (and Paul will write your initials on the seal). Note that since these are a hand-crafted personalized item, they will take a little extra time to produce after the Kickstarter is complete.

Add-On's

We have a couple add-on items: an Encarded decal sticker (2" diameter), and a limited-edition matching collectors coin. 

The coin will be done in antique silver, with a very detailed design unique to each side and a ridged edge like US currency. The coin will be 1.5" in diameter so it will be the size and weight of a normal US Silver Dollar. The coin will add a custom touch as a poker dealer button or in coin magic. The image here is a digital render, so the final product will vary. We will only be making a few hundred of these, so get yours now. They may not be available in the Encarded store after this Kickstarter. 

Coin - Add $10 each to your pledge

Sticker - Get two stickers for $1

Design Influences:

When looking at design styles, themes and art movements to use as inspiration for this deck, the Art Deco movement of the early part of the 20th century was our first choice. We've always loved the style; simple and bold yet mixed with lovely intricacy in certain places. We started looking around and found a variety of inspiration that started to form the basis for our ideas for the deck.

We knew that the back design would be much simpler than our previous decks. We wanted to create a strong shape, and since we live in Florida we turned to the art deco style found in Miami. The primary shape of the back design is evocative of a palm tree, which is another of our favorite features in the area we live.

While we wanted this deck to be purposefully simpler, the design will also work in texture and detail that you can appreciate upon closer inspection. From a distance the cards appear simple and bold, but we felt there was no reason that up close, in the hand, you couldn't also have richness and elegance.

If you'd like to read some more detail on the design process and thinking behind Deco, please check out the preview blog on our site.

The solid appearance at a distance turns into intricate detail up close
The solid appearance at a distance turns into intricate detail up close

Rewards:

We are keeping things very simple on Kickstarter this time around. If you want to make sure you get some of these cards and get free or reduced shipping costs then now is the time to pledge.

Deco is designed and sold as a matched pair, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze deck and only 2,500 pairs will be printed. To preserve the final production number, the campaign rewards are all limited in number.  US Shipping is built into the reward costs and international shipping is as reasonable as we can make it. We've shipped over 2,200 orders all over the world and have our process quite streamlined.

To keep the entire process efficient and get your decks to you as soon as possible after production is complete, we won't do any "one-off" customizations of the reward packages. However, if you want to pledge for multiple rewards, please add the values together and we will provide the opportunity to tell us which packages you claimed during the survey. Please note that the Early bird reward package is intended for those people that only want a single pair and get one in time. Just message us if you have questions.

Example: You want a very limited Personal Edition reward and a $40 two pair reward. Select the most limited reward as your selection (Personal edition - $95) but make your total pledge amount $135. 

And of course, if you need something else to make your collection complete, Deco will be available at Encarded.com and select resellers after this campaign.

Thanks again for checking out our latest project!

Paul Carpenter, Encarded

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are very few risks in funding this project. Deco is already close to production with the US Playing Card Company. The low goal for this campaign is set to ensure that everyone on Kickstarter can get their decks. This is our third major deck project and our previous decks were delivered before the deadlines. After the Kickstarter you can also order from our website at http://encarded.com

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