A Collaboration Between
Jerry's Nugget Casino & Expert Playing Card Company
- Authentic Jerry's Available to Everyone!
- Thin Crushed USPCC Premium (Bee) stock for the Modern Card Feel
- Traditionally cut
- Original Back and Face design, including the original Jokers and Ace of Spades
- Printed and crushed on USPCC’s WEB press for outstanding handling
- Priced low so that Jerry’s can be your everyday carry
- 56 great gaffs available, as well as factory cut strippers
- Limited to this Production Run*
In 1970, Jerry's Nugget Casino printed what would become one of the most collectible playing card decks ever manufactured by United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). They made them for the tables but opted not to use them and put them in storage for 20 years! Almost thirty years ago they started selling them in their gift store with the final price of $2 a deck!
Playing card expert, Lee Asher, recognized the unique quality and feel of these cards and began evangelizing about them. In due course, Jerry's Nugget playing cards became legendary.
By the fall of 1999, these cards sold out, yet the demand continued to grow. Today, authentic Jerry’s Nugget cards are among the most desirable and expensive modern decks on the market.
But finding an authentic deck presents a real challenge. Due to their considerable value and the immense demand, knockoffs proliferate eBay and other outlets.
This prompted Asher to suggest Expert Playing Card Company try and get the exclusive license to print these iconic decks again. And after more than three years of pursuit and negotiation, we finally made a deal with Jerry's Nugget Casino!
This Kickstarter is the culmination of years of hard work combined with our love for the original Jerry’s Nugget playing cards, and our desire to get real decks in the hands of current and future generations.
HOW DID WE DO IT?
Many may not realize, but the founder of Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC), William Kalush, created his first custom deck with USPCC all the way back in 1988. Since then, he's printed well over a million decks. More importantly, he's helped develop popular playing card innovations we find in use today.
FACT: Conjuring Arts (the non-profit owner of EPCC) was the first to thin-crush retail Bee stock for the custom market years ago.
Expert Playing Card Company produces playing cards all over the world. Our extensive research to find the best papers, coatings, cutting processes, crushing processes, etc. is second to none. Simply put, Expert innovates the feel of playing cards. So to say we've taken YEARS worth of knowledge and leveraged it to create this modern Jerry’s Nugget deck, is an understatement!
THE FEEL - HOW WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THEM INCREDIBLE
In homage to the original decks we have decided to print with USPCC on their Premium stock (formally called Bee stock). We are THIN CRUSHING this stock to the thickness of an original Jerry’s card. And while these new decks won’t feel the same as the originals, we’ve modernized them for today’s tastes. They will be the perfect thickness (or thinness, in this case!) to handle today’s sleights, flourishes and cardistry with ease. You will love these cards!
The Modern Feel Jerry's decks will be TRADITIONALLY CUT which makes them perfect for faro work! They will shuffle bottom up so table faros will be a breeze.
THE PRINTING PRESS
Unlike almost all other custom decks which are printed one sheet (one deck) at a time, these Modern Feel Jerry’s Nugget decks will print on the biggest and fastest press in the USPCC factory – THE WEB PRESS!
The Web press prints on huge rolls of paper and works extremely quickly, printing both sides, crushing the stock, coating both sides, heat curing the cards and cutting out the sheets in about one tenth of a second per deck! This unique printing process is the best available way to make cards at USPCC.
Once you feel these cards you will see that the quality speaks for itself.
To honor the 1970's Original Jerry's design, we’ve kept almost everything the same but since the original printing plates are long gone we have redrawn all the artwork by hand.
- The same classic red and blue colors (as close as humanly possible!)
- Identical original Jokers
- The same court cards
- The original iconic back design featuring the Jerry’s Nugget oil derrick towers
- The original retro Ace of Spades. Though, the numbers on the Ace will denote the modern editions.
- We will use a red tear strip like the original!
- We will place the seal off center for ease of opening, just like the original versions.
- The seal MIGHT be squared with stamp like edges, like the original. We are testing this with USPCC at this time.
- Due to the new process at USPCC (at least new since 1970!) each deck now has 56 cards in it, whereas the original Jerry's decks had 54. For our 55th card we are giving you a double backer. The 56th card dons Jerry's iconic towers, without any blue or red background and will come with a blank face.
To ensure that no one can confuse the modern with the original, each Modern Feel deck from the run funded by this Kickstarter campaign can be identified by the bottom of the tuck box. It will clearly state, "Modern Feel 1st Edition - 2019." The tuck box mimics the original but we're using the modern template to make them. Unfortunately, USPCC discontinued the old tuck design decades ago.
*We are limiting the production of the 'Modern Feel 1st Editions'. We will supply this Kickstarter campaign as well as have a quantity to sell afterward. Keep in mind, if we ever reprint this deck, it will NOT be exactly the same.
**The images shown on this page are prototypes that we've made in preparation for this campaign. None of the final products are produced yet, and they will only be produced after this campaign ends. Some of the details that you see on the prototypes will change in final production.
JERRY’S NUGGET ADD-ONs
Want some extra decks or Jerry's Nugget accessories on top of what you've already pledged? Below are a list of add-on products to grab before they are gone.
These great new decks will be made at USPCC and will be Modern Feel. They may or may not be printed on the web press depending on the quantity ordered.
The Kings Wild deck will be printed at the USPCC on crushed stock but will not be printed on the web press. This deck can ONLY be purchased during the Kickstarter campaign.
This great case is made by Sherman Tsao and is especially designed to be a snug fit and be appropriate for both the original Jerry's decks as well as all the decks made in this campaign.
These will feel as much like the original decks as is possible today. The tucks will also be shaped just like the original tucks. As noted the bottom of the tuck will be clearly marked so these decks cannot be confused with the original 1970 decks.
Joe Porper is retired but his clips are still being made officially by the people he designated to run this part of his company. These clips will fit each of the Jerry's decks perfectly and they will be engraved on the front and also on the inside of the flat spine.
The design of these cards is just a present suggestion and will change in final production.
These aren't just paper bricks! Our folding magnetic brick boxes are famous and popular all over the world! Stock up at this great discount.
This great deck will have foil backs and a full foil, embossed tuck. The top will have the limitation number printed on it as well as the backer's name! Printing the backer's name is strictly a KS exclusive.
UNLOCKED!! STRETCH-GOAL 1: $20,000 = The Vintage Feel Red Jerry’s Nugget Deck becomes available as an add-on.
Produced by Expert Playing Card Company overseas, these decks feature our famous JN FINISH! JN Finish is a firmer card stock. We believe these cards will be as close to the originals as anyone has been able to achieve! We've also managed to replicate the off-center seal, the iconic red tear strip, AND the popular long tongue-flap!
Once the campaign is funded over $20k, these special decks automatically become available as an ADD-ON item at $10 per deck ($12 retail)
UNLOCKED!! STRETCH-GOAL 2: $25,000 = FREE brick boxes with ALL orders of 12 decks.
Smooth and sexy. These Expert Playing Card Company folding magnetic brick boxes, made with red soft touch material and featuring the Jerry's Nugget logo stamped in gold foil.
Once we fund over $25k, brick boxes are automatically added to each order of 12 decks. Plus, they become available as ADD-ON items for $10 each.
UNLOCKED!! STRETCH-GOAL 3: $30,000 = The Blue LUXURY FOIL Jerry’s Nugget Deck becomes available as an add-on.
Produced by Expert Playing Card Company's newest facility in China. These magnificent limited-edition decks come numbered and printed with your name on the box. You read that right. Your name and the limitation number is PRINTED directly on the tuck box!
**This feature is a Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE. Once the Kickstarter is over, you will not be able to purchase this deck with your name printed on the tuck. The limitation number of this deck will be determined by the number of Luxury Foil Decks ordered in this campaign.
Once the campaign is funded over $30k, these unique decks automatically become available as an ADD-ON item for $35.
If you do not want your name printed on the tuck we can do this too, we will ask you in the backer survey. Also we reserve the right to limit the number of letters of your name that we can print. We will try our best but huge names might be a problem.
UNLOCKED!! STRETCH-GOAL 4: $35,000 = The Ultimate Collectible (Limited to only 100 sets). Once this stretch-goal is reached a new tier for $495 will open up*
*THIS PLEDGE TIER WILL BECOME AVAILABLE AT 10 AM EST-NEW YORK ON JULY 5TH
Once the campaign and stretch-goals fund we will make (4) four new decks, one of each will be in this set:
- Red backed Modern Feel Jerry's,
- Blue backed Modern Feel Jerry's,
- Red backed Vintage Feel Jerry's,
- Blue backed Luxury Foil Jerry’s.
BIG BONUS: To commemorate the occasion, we will make a special presentation box. The decks will come in a numbered custom Carat Case by Sherman Tsao. Yes, we said numbered! Sherman will engrave each case with its limitation number matching the number of the Luxury Foil Jerry’s deck in your set.
As a finishing touch, we seal the case with two cigar box style matching-numbered seals created by Jackson Robinson (Kings Wild Project). Limited to only 100 sets.
BIGGEST BONUS: It wouldn't be complete without an original 1970s Jerry’s Nugget Deck. We’ve managed to source pristine, unopened packs of these legendary collectibles. We will include one (1) original 1970s deck - you choose the color after the campaign. Owning one of these is like owning a piece of playing card history. This makes the fifth and final deck in our commemorative set!
NOTE: Very Limited quantities. This five deck set only becomes available as a PLEDGE TIER ($495) once funded past $35k so be ready to change your pledge once the tier becomes available.
We offer world-wide shipping. No matter how far away you are if you live on planet Earth we will get Jerry’s Nugget playing cards into your hands!
SPECIAL THANKS TO
JERRY'S ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @jnplayingcards and @expertpcc! Also visit our website: https://www.jnplayingcards.com. Plus, share your Jerry's photos, videos and thoughts with us. We love hearing from you.
Risks and challenges
With years of playing card experience under our belt, we have the knowledge and skill to print these cards. But to make this Kickstarter campaign a success, we need your help and full support. Every single person who funds this deck is part of playing card history.
Our biggest challenge is to make sure everyone gets a deck.
Should any unforeseen challenges arise, we will communicate these to our backers. Thank you for your confidence and ongoing support!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By pledging to this project, you acknowledge that the final look, materials and content of the rewards (and the project) are subject to change and may differ substantially from what is presented in images and copy while the Kickstarter project was active. We have done our best to accurately represent the final project with the conceptual images above. If any changes are needed we will communicate clearly what the change is and why it was needed.
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