About this project
The playing cards for cardists, collectors, magicians, card players, artists, enthusiasts and everyone in between. Designer playing cards with attitude.
In April 2015, over 500 people from all over the world contributed to the Kickstarting of the Joker and the Thief Playing Card Company. We released our debut deck - a completely custom, foil-covered deck of playing cards that oozed attitude. The design that you helped create was a hit, and is now loved by people around the world, all thanks to you!
We're extremely proud of the original deck and its general reception. It won a place on Kardify's Top 12 Decks of 2015! We were interviewed by ABC Local Radio Australia and the Local Newspaper. The original deck recently won third place in United Cardists' "2015: Deck of the Year Contest" for three categories - Best Ace of Spaces, Best Jokers and Best Tuck Box. The deck also landed a spot within the Top 100 Hot New Releases in Toys and Games on Amazon, as well as being featured on Art of Play, Cardvolution, and Gambler's Warehouse - three of the biggest playing card retailers on the planet.
We’ve been absent for a while, but now we’re back! The Joker and the Thief return with a striking and luxurious colour way – White and Gold.
Joker and the Thief: White Gold Edition
Sharp. Streamline. Sublime
In collaboration with our artist Pedro Oyarbide, we originally sought to create a deck that was distinctly unique amongst other decks of playing cards on the market. We focussed on 100% custom illustration, striking details, eye-catching packaging and deep connotation evident through symbolic design.
To add to the mythology that the Joker and the Thief Playing Cards evoke, we decided to create a white and gold edition. This creates a third dimension of meaning, contrasting the darkness of the original deck with the light colour scheme of the second edition. This builds upon the conflict between life and mortality that is apparent on the back design. The Joker and the Thief emerge from the shadows more beautiful than ever.
The Back Design
A thought provoking dynamic of mysticism and myth.
The first step in creating the original cards was to create a unique back design. One that not only had an intricately beautiful design but one that both appealed aesthetically and sentimentally. It had to be thought provoking. From the first sketches to the end product, it slowly developed its own flair, and this continues throughout the deck!
The back design is one way; it is perhaps one of, if not, the most unobtrusive and functional major one-way design on a deck of cards.
This allows for a unique story and symbolism to be evoked; metaphors of life and mortality, thievery, lies, deceit, power, mysticism, struggle, and love. We see the opposition of the King and Joker, the way they oppose each other, each being attacked by a viper, a symbol that despite their contrast, both share the same fate. The chained hands, both of flesh and bone, represent mortality. They hold cards; life holds the ace of spades, the death card, and the skeletal holds a card with a skull on it, representing the inevitability of death. The chains and manacles link the Joker and the Thief, and the daggers represent the danger of their opposition.
The Joker and the Thief: White Gold Edition features an inverted back design sporting bright gold metallic ink for gorgeous shimmer in sunlight.
The Ace of Spades
Iconic. Draped in Gold.
A bold statement. The ace of spades is the source of the original deck's identity.
The Court Cards
The court cards are all completely custom, illustrated from scratch. The themes that you see on the back design can be seen here. You may even start to see a story forming as you shuffle through them. We have created something different. We have done away with borders to free the courts - to make use of the space and to make each of them distinct and prominent characters.
The Joker and The Thief
The Two Troublemakers Return.
The Tuck Box
Peppered with Lavish Touches.
By far the most praised aspect of the original deck of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards was the tuck box, which was adorned with a heavy amount of silver foil hot stamped on both the exterior and interior of the box. Now we have dressed the second edition in a beautiful white and gold colour scheme.
With gold foil stamping, embossing, a perforated blood red tax stamp seal now featuring gold foil, and a new uncoated matte finish for the white stock - this version is bound to stand out amongst your collection. Impress your friends with a deck that many are calling a conversation starter!
This tuck case will look amazing on your poker nights, pulling them out to perform to a spectator, residing on a shelf amonst your prized collection, or featured in an opening shot of one of your Cardistry Videos.
Beautiful and extravagant tuck boxes are going to be a consistent feature of the Joker and the Thief brand moving into the future.
Designed with Handling in Mind
Lightened and Improved. Taking full advantage of design and composition.
As a more refined version of the original deck, the White Gold edition had to be lightened, and stripped back. By inverting the back design, it not only created an elegant aesthetic, but it also significantly cuts the amount of ink saturation within the card stock. This takes full advantage of the composition of Classic Finish. By stripping back a significant amount of Joker and the Thief’s ink, this deck should possess a far snappier; far more responsive and papery feel in comparison to the original deck.
The Bells and Whistles
All the features you want, know and love!
- Thinner Borders
- 100% Custom Pips, Fonts, Court Cards and Art Work
- Updated Colour Scheme
- Gold and Silver Metallic Inks (Faces and Backs)
- Interior Tuck Case Gold Foil Stamping
- Exterior Tuck Case Embossing + Hot Stamped Gold Foil Coverage
- Dramatic Ink Saturation Reduction
- CLASSIC Stock and Finish for Improved Handling
- Matte Finish Tuck Case Paper
- Traditionally Cut for Smooth Edges
- Perforated Blood Red Tax Stamp Style Seal now with Gold Foil
The Expert Playing Card Company will manufacture the second edition of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards. This ensures that you receive the highest quality product possible, and a deck of playing cards that is both incredibly durable and handles amazingly.
Joker and the Thief: White Gold Edition will sport the highly acclaimed CLASSIC Stock and Finish. To take full advantage of this type of stock and finish, this edition will feature a reduction of ink saturation due to its inverted back design. This, along with being traditionally cut, ensures snappier, smoother, crisper and more responsive cards for maximised performance.
This praised finish has both the snappiness and durability of EPCC's previous decks combined with the more papery feel and slick finish of a traditional USPCC deck. It is the best of both worlds.
To ensure that your decks arrive safely and quickly, Art of Play will be returning to fulfil the Joker and the Thief: Gold Edition deck. We were extremely impressed by the quality of Art of Play's services during our last Kickstarter campaign. Each deck was sent out securely and quickly, with no delay and no mistakes. As one of the most trusted brands in the industry it is an easy choice for us to turn yet again to Art of Play.
If you are not familiar with Art of Play, they are the sister company to Dan and Dave Industries and have distributed pledges for campaigns such as Fontaine Cards, Saturns by Franky Morales, Mirage by Patrick Kun and many others.
Because Art of Play is handling the distribution of your playing cards:
- You have peace of mind that your decks will arrive safe and sound
- No Shipping Errors
- Art of Play ship globally
- You receive a tracking number sent directly to your email address
- Take advantage of Free Shipping options within the USA
- Now with even FASTER shipping worldwide on bulk decks with FedEx!
*Please note that Art of Play are based in San Diego, USA.*
Who We Are
Firstly, I'd like to thank you for visiting the campaign page for our second project. My name is James Milaras, and I am the co-founder and owner of the Joker and the Thief Playing Card Company.
Secondly, we're very thankful here at Joker and the Thief for you guys, our backers! Last year, you made something very special happen. My best friend and business partner, Reuben, and I wanted to create a special deck of playing cards. Creating a deck of cards was our dream ever since we first got into cards. Our backers made that a reality! You will always be apart of team Joker and the Thief.
Reuben Nutt, while still collaborating with us has since moved town to pursue other interests. His continued efforts in creating beautiful video and photographic content for Joker and the Thief has been outstanding. Of course a shout out to our beast of an illustrative team member, Pedro Oyarbide, for his amazing work on this project as well as an upcoming monster of a project.
With that said there is even more cool stuff from us this year! Joker and the Thief: Dystopia is coming (*winks*). If you don't know who we are, here's a little something that will bring you up to speed with us!
Joker and the Thief was founded by two Australian Cardists, videographers and photographers that have huge love for all things playing cards.
Back in 2012, we started up a YouTube channel called Joker and the Thief Card Deck Reviews. Through this we collaborated with Art of Play. We got together on our weekends, and in our spare time to go out and location scout to shoot. We then edited in house, usually side by side, listening to music and fuelled by snacks. We had minimal equipment and a very small budget (if there really was one) Oh the joys of indie film making!
We sought to change the way deck reviews were made and in doing so, many adventures were had along the way. Since we didn't have a car at the time, our bikes and our legs were the main source of transport in our city, if we were to shoot on location. With little time, little transport, a budget of... not much, and our favourite Youtubers, Film Makers, and Cardists as our inspiration, we slowly but surely developed our skills. We had some truly memorable moments along the way. We always knew that we were going to create a deck of cards... one day. And here we are - Round 2!
We've done this once guys! We can do it again. Let's smash 100%! Pledge today.
Testimonials and Ambassadors
Uncut Sheets. Extremely limited. A perfect collector's item and rare piece of art to frame and hang on your wall. Oh, and it comes with a FREE DECK of Joker and the Thief: White Gold Edition Playing Cards.
Photographic Poster of the Original Joker and the Thief Playing Cards. A3. Gloss Finish. Signed, and numbered. Ready for Framing.
The aim of this campaign is to keep everything as simple as possible. We want to create a seamless process that is uncomplicated so that we can eliminate as much confusion as possible.
Since we are based in Australia, the campaign is funded in AUD (Australian Dollars). In each pledge option we have supplied a conversion to $USD for your convenience.
This campaign is for the Joker and the Thief: White Gold Edition Playing Cards, with an aim to produce a limited run of 3000 decks. We're not creating stretch goals and combos. We're keeping this campaign simple and transparent. We like being on the same page as you!
If you'd like to back more decks or other rewards with your decks we have a simple add-on guide for you to follow! Its straight forward and easy to use.
- The more decks you back, the cheaper they become.
- We are offering 100 individual decks for all you early birds out there and other limited rewards.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to message us or consult our FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
**If you are a wholesaler and would like to inquire about stock for your store, send us a message here on Kickstarter or send an email to Jokerandthethief1@gmail.com. This time we have also supplied a pledge option for wholesalers for your convenience.
Here's a guide on what to do if you have one pledge option such as an uncut sheet but want to get more decks!
Want an uncut sheet or a poster, or have a single deck and want more decks? Follow our add-on guide - please make sure that you shoot us a message specifying exactly what you would like then go ahead and adjust your pledge with the according shipping price included on a list below.
Example: U.S. Backer wants to add 6 more Decks of Joker and the Thief: White Gold Edition Playing Cards to their current pledge.
Current Pledge: $20AUD ($15USD) - 1 Deck of Joker and the Thief: White Gold Edition Playing Cards
ADD: $99AUD ($75 USD) (6 Decks) + $13AUD (6 Decks Dom. Shipping total) to current pledge for a total of 7 Decks at $120 AUD.
Example: International Backer wants to add 6 more decks of Joker and the Thief Playing Cards to their current pledge.
Current Pledge: $20AUD ($15USD) - 1 Deck of Joker and the Thief: White Gold Edition Playing Cards
ADD: $99AUD ($75 USD) (6 Decks) + $34AUD (6 Decks Int. Shipping total) to current pledge for a total of 7 Decks at $141AUD.
Just add these shipping prices to the price of your preferred pledge option and you're on your way! We hope that clears things up for you guys!
Get in Touch with Us!
We'd love to connect with you!
Risks and challenges
Now that we have launched a Kickstarter campaign successfully, we now don't have to worry about inexperience. We are confident that this Kickstarter campaign will be an even smoother process than our last project.
As with any project, there are risks and challenges involved. We ensure that our methods are simple. Outsourcing will once again allow for a very smooth and successful campaign.
- We are enlisting Art of Play to handle the shipping of your decks. So as soon as the Expert Playing Card Company has finished manufacturing the cards, the stock will then be sent to Art of Play's warehouse in San Diego, California. The shipping of the stock to Art of Play may take up to three weeks. There is a possibility that this process may be slightly delayed, but in case that this happens, you will be updated.
- Your orders will promptly be packed and sent out to wherever you are in the world. If you have ever received a package from Art of Play, you will know that their packages are secure and every deck arrives in immaculate condition. You will also receive a tracking number for your rewards!
- We expect the cards to be shipping out to you in [Insert Date]. If earlier you'll be updated. We'd rather over-promise than under-deliver.
- As it stands, the files have been at EPCC prior to the launch of this campaign. So, as soon as we hit our goal, we will give Expert the all clear to start production.
- When the campaign is successful and has concluded half the job will be done. It may take 3-4 weeks for manufacturing time. There is always a possibility that a delay or a problem can occur in terms of manufacturing. Expert Playing Card Company has an excellent work ethic and will work hard to ensure that no issues come up, and if they do, will be sorted quickly.
- It is important to note that we also receive physical and digital proofs from Expert that must be approved. Since we are based in Australia allow for up to 2 weeks for us to receive these proofs and confirm them. We need to make sure that you are guaranteed quality.
- As soon as we hear something, you will too. Our updates section will be our platform to announce anything new to you.
- For those who pledge for posters, they will be produced, signed, packaged and shipped in house. We will make sure that your posters are sent out as early as possible.
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