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Brain Vessel Creative presents the Seven Seas Master Collection. Featuring famous pirates, ships, sea creatures, monsters, and lore.
Brain Vessel Creative presents the Seven Seas Master Collection. Featuring famous pirates, ships, sea creatures, monsters, and lore.
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Brain Vessel Creative presents the Seven Seas Master Collection. Featuring famous pirates, ships, sea creatures, monsters, and lore.

Seven Seas Master Collection Playing Cards (relaunch)

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 This is a Bicycle Branded, Colorized version of the Sea Creature Deck available now as an add-on. This price is exclusive to our Kickstarters supporters. After the campaign ends we will hold a pre-sale for it on BVcargo.com but it will be at a higher price than mentioned here.

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This is a relaunch of our original Seven Seas Master Collection. We decided to relaunch for several reasons. We had a Collector's Box in the original Kickstarter that was too costly and made us raise our funding goal to high. Without the Collectors box we are able to give our backers more value and more variety. With our funding goal cut in half, we are also able to achieve our stretch goals much faster. All together we feel this is a much stronger campaign and hope that you will back us and make this something to remember. We've added in some new rewards such as the Liar's Dice and Zebra Wood box, and plan on unveiling more as the campaign progresses.

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

The four decks aligned in the Quadriptych Wooden Display (available as an add-on or The Weathered Storm pledge level). More info below.
The four decks aligned in the Quadriptych Wooden Display (available as an add-on or The Weathered Storm pledge level). More info below.

 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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Pirate back illustration
Pirate 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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Quadriptych Wood Display- $56 ($78 international)

Limited Edition Quadriptych Wood Display for Seven Seas-Master Collection (Designed and Made by Brain Vessel Creative Company.

Minimalistic wood/metal display for all four decks. This unique design displays the “Seven Seas-Master Collection” in three ways; Hang-it on a wall, Stand-it up, or swap the hardware to Lay-it down flat or with a 1” incline for easy viewing.

  The void between the laser-etched wood panels is separated with brass and bronze hardware, allowing eyes to revolve around the display and take in the details of the deck box edges. Decks can easily be lifted out exposing the full etching of Quadtych behind. This stunning piece will be consecutively numbered during assembly process and will be retired within 1 year from its release.

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.

 Uncut Sheets - $40 ($50 international)

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

Liar's Dice Pledge

This pledge will include two beautifully handcrafted leather dice cups. Made of 9 oz. vegetable tanned leather. Hand tooled and dyed. Stitching done by hand using red braided and waxed cord. Branded with BV logo. Numbered starting at 001, artist marked and hand stained.  (Artist: Michael McCloskey). This pledge will also include 10 Brain Vessel branded dice and instructions on how to play Liar's Dice. The pledge also includes a set of each four decks.

Zebra Wood Collector's Box Pledge

This limtied edition exotic wood box is hand-fabricated from 3/8" thick zebra wood with zebra veneer on top and undersides. There are interior dividers to separate the decks. The two parts of the box fit together with a stepped seal. All edges have been slightly eased and the finish is two coats of high gloss wipe on tung oil (which can be reapplied by the customers if needed). This pledge also includes a set of each four decks.

Will fit the four tuck boxes
Will fit the four tuck boxes

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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."

 "The northern breath takes hold of our path and sets our course upon Port Royal. Our booty held firm beneath deck from the plunder. I find our sights crossing flotsam upon the blue. What might these barrels hold? Sometimes, the boon of treasure seeks out the seeker. Might we fall into further riches this eve? I'll trust the fates and hope for rum."

 "Time never serves a man's life justice. Too many fall short on their potential in service upon the sea. Hardships that test the spirits worth, and trials that demonstrate the grit of a man's heart are commonplace here. So, I called rescue when we spotted the seaman upon a dinghy. In turn for our service, what goods he has to offer us will be welcome, but that is not why we help him. Everyone needs company upon the seven seas. Tonight, we drink to our future. May we reach it together, for stronger we are as a crew."

 "Lady Morrigan. She held old salt in her cold eyes, a champion of the blue, one hand outstretched to the heavens, another claimed by watery grave. She came to us a hunter, her valued weapon a sack of gold coin, weather worn and made from the skin of whale. Leading us to her quarry with a solitary limb, our better judgments laid to rest by the promise of more riches, we accept the hunt and join her fleet."

 "Below the decks of our employers sloop, I find ill omen carved deep into oaken flesh. Though I believed we hunted the whale, I now know this was diversion well played. I must gather my crew, who now spreads among her ranks. I must warn them of the coming danger. Our quarry is no mere creature, and our lot is the benefit of sacrifice unto the beast."

 "Night falls upon us, and with it comes the promise of rising storms. Cannon charges have been set inside the belly of three fluyt whose ranks lay centered within the fleet. When panic calls Morrigan's men to action, we shall break formation, fire from three locations upon her warships hull, and cripple them as wounded prey to the danger ahead. May our actions favor the present, lest we damn our futures to the hunt of betrayal. "

 "The ghost ship has taken the bait and we watch from afar as Morrigan's crew are sullied by the curse of the lich. I take point upon the crow's nest to ensure this truth, and my crew scramble to stay afloat ourselves as the storm ravages both Heaven and Earth, a God's war fought above the dark cloud. As we fight to keep our three vessels together, I find myself praying for redemption. What hears my call rises from the depths, the sea boils with the breath of Hell, and my men ready the cannons..."

 "Once more, the waters deliver us challenge. This storm, which seems to have no end, awakens beasts of the blue; a fierce whale who attacks our ships. Perhaps Davey Jones is not through with us yet. We keep to our wits, separating an unmanned vessel from our fleet after harpooning our monstrous burden upon it. I watch as the creature shreds its wreckage. Now, two ships left, we set our sights upon safer waters as we push through the storm. Our enemies lost in the distance and fortune dead ahead. Nimble-fingered Cosmo, my boatswain, has presented me with a boon from our time with Lady Morrigan, a treasure map."

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 Stretch goal.

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.

"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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    FISHERMAN: You will receive ONE deck. You will be able to choose either one Pirate Deck, one Sea Creatures Deck, or one of the Master decks.

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    THE SHARK: You will receive ONE Bicycle Branded, Colorized Sea Creature Deck.

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    SEA DOG: You will receive one Pirate Deck and one Sea Creatures Deck.

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    PRIVATEER: You will receive one Master's Deck East and one Master's Deck West.

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    MASTER'S COLLECTION: You will receive all four decks: Sea Creatures, Pirates, Master Deck East, and Master Deck West.

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    SEA DOG SHANTY: Half brick (6 decks) of either Sea Creatures, Pirates, or split, half and half.

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    PRIVATEER'S PLUNDER: Half brick (6 decks) of either Master Decks East , Master Decks West, or split, half and half.

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    MASTER EXPLORER: You will receive a limited edition hand signed and numbered Quadriptych Print. You will also receive all four decks: Sea Creatures, Pirates, Master Deck East, and Master Deck West.

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    MASTER'S COLLECTION x2: You will receive eight decks: 2x Sea Creatures, 2x Pirates, 2x Master Deck East, and x2 Master deck West.

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    THE WEATHERED STORM: You will receive the Quadriptych Wood Display as well as all four decks: Sea Creatures, Pirates, Master Deck East, and Master Deck West.

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    ARMED TO THE TEETH: You will receive a brick of decks, this contains 3 sets of all decks: Sea Creatures, Pirates, Master Deck East, and Master Deck West.

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    MAN O' WAR: You will recieve a limited edition, handcrafted, exotic zebra wood display box. You will receive all four decks: Sea Creatures, Pirates, Master Deck East, and Master Deck West.

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    THE WORM: You will receive all four decks: Sea Creatures, Pirates, Master Deck East, and Master Deck West.

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    MASTER'S COLLECTION (EARLY BIRD): You will receive all four decks: Sea Creatures, Pirates, Master Deck East, and Master Deck West.

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    MASTER'S COLLECTION (EARLY BIRD 2nd WAVE): You will receive all four decks: Sea Creatures, Pirates, Master Deck East, and Master Deck West.

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    LIAR'S DICE: You will receive two hand crafted Brain Vessel branded leather dice cups and 10 Brain Vessel branded dice. You will also receive all four decks: Sea Creatures, Pirates, Master Deck East, and Master Deck West.

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