$50,496
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756
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 31 2015
$50,496
pledged of $60,000pledged of $60,000 goal
756
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 31 2015

About

We are Brain Vessel Creative, and we are proud to release our next set of playing cards, the Seven Seas Master Collection.

These select playing cards are illustrated by Jason Kreiger and were co-produced with Douglas Koozer. They will be printed on Bicycle playing card stock with an Air Cushion finish.

This is our second playing card campaign. Our first campaign, Seven Seas Playing Cards, was a huge success and ended with 1,648 backers. 

From its success, we have been able to build a shipping center, an online store at BVcargo.com, and have begun the process of opening our own brick & mortar art gallery.

Now, we bring you our Master Collection. 

Two brand new themed playing card decks have been masterly illustrated. These themes are Pirates and Sea Creatures.

Using all new illustrations, and adding them to the century inspired art from our original Seven Seas deck, we have created the Master Decks.

In our Master Decks, every card is illustrated, and every illustration is unique. Totaling, fifty four pieces of nautical craftsmanship. These segments include, famous pirates, ships, sea creatures, monsters, and lore. All four decks align to create an epic sea battle.

"I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea." -Alaine Gerbault

Social Stretch Goals 

There is a post on our Facebook  page that I would like each and every one of you to LIKE and SHARE. We have some social stretch goals to unlock!

  https://www.facebook.com/BrainVessel/posts/507110086104523

If this post gets 700 or more likes I will be giving an autographed card from our prototype decks to each backer of the campaign for FREE. This is a unique super rare item that only our backers will get.

If the post reaches 400 or more shares we will develop a new set of Dice that will be added FREE to all backers of our campaign. These dice will be ivory finish with black pips and the Brain Vessel logo etched in the one position.  

Our Pirate Deck features twelve pirates illustrated as court cards, a custom Ace of Spades, and a joker diptych of a fictional battle between Benjamin Hornigold & Charles Vane.

Every pirate was carefully chosen for this collection, from 1500 - 1844. Adventure, romance, horror, and comedy have bled into the sea. Stories of heroism circulating through the centuries made legends of mere men, and they continue to inspire us today. Enlist this crew, and captivate other collectors by sail and blade.

"The sea drives truth into a man like salt." -Hilaire Belloc

Pirate Tuck box
Pirate Tuck box
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Pirates back illustration
Pirates back illustration
Our Sea Creatures deck features twelve sea beasts illustrated as the court cards, a custom Ace of Spades, and a joker diptych of an iconic battle between a sperm whale & a giant squid. Aesthetically, this deck is meant to invoke the period art of scrimshaw.

-Scrimshaw is the name given to scrollwork, engravings, and carvings done traditionally upon whale bone.

The sea holds countless secrets. Seafarers gave birth to myths, and sea creatures inspired many of them. Creatures chosen for this collection are tied to the lives and legends of the men and women who forged their own adventure upon the sea. Delve to the depths and explore the world beneath in this select illustrated anthology.

"He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger." -Hammond Ines


Sea Creatures Tuck box
Sea Creatures Tuck box
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Sea Creatures back illustration
Sea Creatures back illustration

Our East & West Masters Decks have fifty four unique illustrations. Both the court cards and the ranked cards hold these unique illustrations. Our West version has a blue design upon the back, and our East version has a red composition upon the back. Ranked cards feature a more minimalist & borderless scheme, easily distinguishing them from the court cards. 

"Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made." -Robert N. Rose

Masters West Tuck box
Masters West Tuck box
Masters East Tuck box
Masters East Tuck box
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This is the exclusive Brain Vessel branded, collector's box. Available through the DRESSED TO THE NINES reward tier, to showcase your collection.

The matte brown box has clear foil stamped designs, with a magnetic front flap. Opened up, it will hold all four decks within a printed inlay. Expanding upon the panoramic sea battle illustration, this collector's item completes the full epic scene. On the inside flap, there is room to hold a signed, exclusive 6"x12" Brain Vessel print if we unlock the 75k Stretch goal.

"Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel."-August Hare

prototype
prototype

Quadriptych Print  -  $35 ($44 international)

Sea Creatures Print will be 13"x 24". Actual image is 11"x 22" with a one inch border. Printed on Epson Premium Matte Paper with High Density pigment, using Epson UltraChrome Archival Ink.

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Medallion - $10 ($12 international)

A handsome 1 1/2 inch medallion, cast in zinc with an antique bronze finish. Sculpted in 3D by Walter M. Sattazahn.

Photo by Sturazzi photography
Photo by Sturazzi photography

T-shirt - $25 ($30 international)

This limited run T-shirt will be printed with soft discharge inks for extra comfort and a super soft print. We plan on using 100% cotton Next Level brand unisex t-shirts with sizes: S, M, L, and XL. 

We will also be doing a run in woman's tee's in sizes ranging from XS-XL.

 Anything is Possible Bottle - $190 ($195 international)

These are Limited Edition "Anything Is Possible" Bottles, by Jamie D. Grant. You will be able to choose which of the four decks you want inside the bottle. This is an opportunity to own something very unique and highly rare. Jamie D. Grant's, "Anything is Possible" Bottles have been inspiring people all over the world. If you would like to learn more about this world famous magician, visit Jamie D. Grant's website at: www.sendwonder.com.

These are decks from our last campaign
These are decks from our last campaign

Uncut Sheets - $40 ($50 international)

An uncut sheet of playing cards from the deck of your choice, printed by the USPCC.

 How to add an Add on

If you have already pledged and would like to add more:

 "Today I set sail. This voyage carried by long deliberation, a sojourn upon the sea. My ship, set steady by wind, her oaken body armored against Neptune, and the crew's hearts livened with fire. May we reach our goal. Destiny awaits the favored."

100k - Colorized Bicycle Branded Sea Creatures Deck

This limited edition of the Sea Creatures deck will be colorized and come with a colorful Bicycle Branded version of the Sea Creatures tuck box. These will only be unlocked as an add-on when we hit our 100k Stretch goal. 

Limited Edition Bicycle Branded Sea Creatures Deck ( WIP )
Limited Edition Bicycle Branded Sea Creatures Deck ( WIP )
All packages are uniquely hand-packed in Indestructo® kraft color boxes, with decorative filler. We take extreme pride in every package leaving the BVCARGO.com dock (we do not ship our items in envelopes). Rip off the shipping label, give it as a gift, and take all the credit!

We will be shipping all packages USPS first class. Expect a delivery date before Christmas.


 
Packaging from our last campaign
Packaging from our last campaign

"The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself." -John Rousmaniere

Risks and challenges

There is always the chance for production delays concerning a project such as this, but we've taken precautions to minimize that outcome. We've learned a lot from our first playing card campaign, and now we are more familiar with the process. All artwork will be sent to USPCC for approval shortly, so we have a huge head start this time.

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