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We’re back! And this time we're going nautical. This has been a concept that we’ve wanted to do since the start. Our love of the sea comes from our childhood roots of sailing and fishing. This marks the start of a new era for Joker and the Thief.
Introducing Joker and the Thief’s SEAFARERS Playing Cards! From the darkest depths, from the furthest horizons.They come, great travellers of the sea. Sailing for eternity on strange waters. The Joker and the Thief Return.
Following the success of the Joker and the Thief reprints, we have decided we want to focus on more original designs heading into the future. Since the beginning of our brand, we have developed a list of themes that we’ve wanted to explore. Nautical is one of them, and the perfect opportunity arose when we began collaborating with Gustavo Magalhães. As a passionate artist hailing from Brazil, Gus was keen to bring the concept to life and carry the symbolism, characters and vibe over to Seafarers.
We wanted to create a classic deck of cards reminiscent of vintage United States Playing Card Co. designs. We intentionally went this route because of how classic designs survive the test of time. Gus was instrumental in striking the balance between classic design and our signature vibe.
The Back Design
Timeless and Writhing with Symbolism.
Creating the back design is always the first task we undergo. It is by far the most important element and shapes the rest of the deck. Not only does SEAFARERS have to live up to our original designs, it also needs to incorporate symbolic and thought provoking imagery, while maintaining a timeless air. Practicality is something that was of utmost importance for SEAFARERS. We want to see these put to use. That meant creating something elegantly understated - a design that can be greatly appreciated for its beauty.
SEAFARERS' back design is teeming with life. Serpents are deceptively lurk within the ropes representing looming mortality. This directly contrasts with the ascending sea eagles representing heavenly symbolism. The only one-way element, the anchor, grounds the entire design. This represents a tether to reality.
To select the colour of the back design, we travelled to the edges of the Great Barrier Reef here in our hometown Cairns, Australia. The water here shifts in colour from a rich estuarine green to a deep oceanic blue. After much consideration, we were able to match a beautiful green Pantone to our sample photo of the sea. It's our first green deck of cards, and the colourway is one of our favourite aspect of this design!
The Ace of Spades
A Statement of Elegance and Identity.
The ace of spades is the SEAFARERS’ heart and soul. It is easily one of our favourite aces since the original decks were released. Unique and Iconic.
The Court Cards
Unique Characters. Unique Stories.
The court cards are all completely custom - illustrated by hand, from scratch. Themes from the back design start to carry over and give life to these oceanic royals. They are unrestricted by borders, allowing us to take full advantage of the space of the card. By doing this, these courts develop their own distinct and individualistic characteristics. Each suit tells its own story, with each jack, queen and king being thematically and symbolically linked.
The Hearts - All of the heart cards feature the symbolism of octopus tentacles. Soon to be entrapped and forever possessed by the ocean - something the King of Hearts is eerily aware of.
The Clubs - A more sinister threat looms for the club courts. Vipers threaten each character. The Jack of Clubs deals with internal duality, one side of him has been bitten, the other awaits his fate.
The Diamonds - We like to think of these courts the navigators. Wanderers of the other side, each featuring skull motifs. The Queen of Diamonds, eyes closed, compass in hand navigates the waters of the dead, the Jack lights the way.
The Spades - The living. A direct contrast to the spade symbol, a motif of death. Entangled in the ropes, they are hardened sailors of the sea.
The Joker and The Thief
They Return, Marauders of the Sea.
The Tuck Box
Uniquely Finished and Peppered with Lavish Touches.
By far the most praised aspect of the line of Joker and the Thief decks are the luxury tuck boxes we craft. Always 100% custom, and often feature processes such as letter-pressing, hot stamp foiling, offset printing, embossing, interior designs, and custom seals.
It is a distinct quality of our brand that is now recognised worldwide, and is what sets a Joker and the Thief product apart from the rest.
SEAFARERS playing cards will feature the cleanest, most classic tuck box we’ve ever created.
SEAFARERS will undergo a unique process in comparison with our other decks. We begin by utilising a premium imported, uncoated matte paper stock, in off-white. Clove Street will then use vintage letter pressing techniques to stamp SEAFARERS' signature Sea Green coloured ink into the paper, both on the exterior of the box, and interior.
This leaves a unique texture, as the stock will be slightly de-bossed from the stamping process. We are deliberately not using foil on this deck (except for the seal) due to wanting to achieve a more vintage vibe.
With use, the tuck box's ink will slightly wear and develop a unique patina, similar to a pair of your favourite denim jeans! This adds a huge amount character to the deck you're using and also perpetuates its classic feel. It also makes the deck you're using deeply personal. So after use, no two SEAFARER decks will look the same. We are using a similar process to Dan and Dave's Drifters Playing Cards.
Through this process, SEAFARERS will provide you with understated elegance in a deck. This tuck case will look amazing on your poker nights, pulling them out to perform to a spectator, residing on a shelf amongst your prized collection, or featured in an opening shot of one of your Cardistry Videos.
To cap the deck, we're adding a perforated (for easy and clean opening) classic tax stamp-style seal in gold foil. This will be sure to add some of that signature Joker and the Thief flair.
Custom Tax Stamp Style Seal with Perforated Seal for Easy Access!
Designed with Handling Mind
Crushed USPCC Stock and Finish for Superior Handling!
All of our products are proudly printed in the USA! SEAFARERS follows suit and will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company. This means one thing: Effortless Handling!
SEAFARERS will feature a signature crushed paper stock and incredible linen finish, that everyone has come to know and love. This means that these cards are thin, snappy and crisp whilst maintaining durability. SEAFARERS are the dream of Cardists, magicians, and players worldwide, due to both their feel and aesthetic.
The Bells and Whistles!
All the features you want, know and love!
- 100% Custom Pips and Fonts
- 100% Custom Court Cards, Back Design, Ace of Spades and Jokers
- Designed in Brazil - Produced in Australia
- Printed by USPCC - Made in America!
- Crush Paper Stock and Finish
- Incredible Handling!
- Thin Borders & Metallic Inks
- Custom Tuck Case Produced by letterpress studio Clove St. Press in San Diego, USA
- Letterpress stamping and debossing on both the Interior and Exterior
- Premium Quality Imported Dyed Paper for Tuck Case
- Perforated, Custom Foil Tax-Stamp Style Seal
Who We Are
Around 3 years ago, the original Joker and the Thief deck launched right here on Kickstarter, because of a couple hundred people, this brand became a reality. Following that success came more successful campaigns, and here we are 6 decks later.
Because of your help, we have been able to line up some incredible future projects, including this campaign. In July, our first humanitarian project will take place, we are incredibly excited to show you the difference Cardistry can make in the world.
Joker and the Thief is run by 21 year old, James Milaras. Who has an incredible passion for all things playing cards. You play poker? We have a deck for that. Are you a Cardist looking to stand out? Our cards are your cards. If you sit by a fire, with beer in hand and play cards with your pals, a Joker and the Thief decks is exactly what you need. Having fun, it's all we're about!
A huge thank you to our friend and artist of SEAFARERS Playing Cards, Gustavo. And another big thank you to one of our besties - the hugely talented Sean O. for producing the trailer for this project.
Limited Edition Pins
We make the coolest pins! Show your gear some love! Made from cast zinc alloy, complete with high quality fastener and dope packaging.
Uncut Sheet + FREE DECK!
Authentic uncut sheets of SEAFARERS Playing Cards. Snatched from the press prior to the cutting stage. A Rare and Exclusive collector's item! Oh, and it comes with a FREE DECK of SEAFARERS Playing Cards!
Ready for Framing. Measures 22 inches by 26.5 inches (55.88cm x 67.31cm). Super Limited to 10 sheets!
The aim of our campaigns are to be run as simply as possible - creating a seamless, uncomplicated process designed to eliminate any confusion you may have. This campaign will solely focus on the playing cards and the small extra rewards.
Since we are based in Australia, the campaign is funded in $AUD. We have supplied a conversion to $USD in each pledge option, for your convenience. The more decks you back, the cheaper they become! We are also offering a limited amount of early bird specials. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to message us, we are always happy to help!
We are aiming to ship these decks within the month of November. Please note, Kickstarter campaign ships dates are ONLY an educated estimate - it is not uncommon with crowdfunding campaigns to be slightly delayed. This can be the nature of manufacturing products - unexpected delays are possible. However, our updates section is where we will be updating you as soon as we have new information. If delays do occur, we will be letting you all know. Transparency is key!
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Risks and challenges
We have launched 6 successful Kickstarter campaigns, we are not new to this process. We are confident that this Kickstarter campaign will be an even smoother process than our last projects.
As with any project, there are risks and challenges involved. We have learned from past experiences how to improve each of our campaigns. 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. As soon as United States Playing Card Company has finished manufacturing the cards, the stock will then be sent from Kentucky to Art of Play's warehouse in San Diego, California. There, the cards will be unboxed, placed in the custom tuck boxes and then resealed by Art of Play. The stock is then shipped to you directly from Art of Play's warehouse. The shipping of the stock to Art of Play may take up to 2 weeks, and an additional 2 weeks for assembly to take place. There is always a possibility that this process may be slightly delayed, but in case this happens, you will be updated.
- Your orders will promptly be packed and sent out to wherever you are in the world. You will also receive a confirmation email with tracking information.
- We expect the cards to be shipping out to you within the month of November, 2019. If earlier you'll be updated. Please know that Kickstarter projects can be delayed, so November is simply a guideline, not a set delivery time.
- As soon as we hit our goal, we will give USPCC the all clear to start printing.
- When the campaign is successful and has concluded, half the job will be done. It will take 6-10 weeks for manufacturing time. There is always a possibility that a manufacturing delay can occur. United States Playing Card Company works hard to ensure that no issues come up, and if they do, they are resolved quickly.
- As soon as we hear something new, you will too. Our updates section will be our platform to announce anything new to you. It is common for us to be quiet on our updates during the main manufacturing process. This is normal as we sit in a waiting period. You will be updated as soon as we have new information.
All other rewards will be produced by using outsourced manufacturers. All accessories and minor rewards will also be shipped by Art of Play.
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