The Retro Deck was originally inspired by vintage matchbox art from the 1950s. We used that inspiration to explore our mid-century modern roots a bit further and created a deck of cards that is crisp, modern, and classic. The popularity of the mid-century modern era lies in its ability to find timeless elegance in the expression of form through function and we strove to meet those standards in this deck. The design, by Joe Morelli and Pocono Modern, is made of original art and graphic elements that come together to create a bold and striking set of playing cards.
There’s a great quote that says “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone.” Since we started Pocono Modern in 2007, we’ve experienced a handful of failures – and we aren’t too proud to admit it. But we still keep trying. So we're back here again to try this deck one more time.
Initially we failed to raise enough money to produce The Retro Deck as we dreamed it: a multi-deck set of complimentary playing cards. Some of you may remember that there were two different decks in the initial project: one with a colored background and one in white. We had many incredible supporters in our campaign (you know who you are), but we just couldn't seem to get this project over the finish line. Rather than letting that stop us, we were able to scrape together enough money to produce one of the two decks we campaigned for (check out the finished product here!) To date we have sold enough of them to cover our debt but not enough to produce the second deck. If we can raise enough to produce this second deck in white we will be able to realize the full set as originally intended.
The world of playing cards has seen many incredible designs in recent years. But we have yet to come across one as reminiscent of American mid-century modern design as this. We may not have Exploding Kittens, but we think the design speaks for itself. It's also worth noting, design aside, that these cards are incredibly easy to play with, which is a huge factor for us. And to keep it fun we’ve added a few extra perks to the deck, such as foil box seals and custom drink cards. These cards will give you a reason to jazz up your bar cart and invite a few friends over for game night, which is what we’re all about: creating beautiful products and even better experiences.
The Tuck Box
The tuck boxes have been designed with the same attention to detail as our decks and are meant to stand out on your coffee table, card table, bar cart, or desk.
As always, this deck will be printed by US Playing Card Company. They’ve proven to make great quality cards and they deliver on their promised timeline. We hope to have this deck funded and production completed by May 2015.
The Woodland Deck
Our very first deck of playing cards, which made its debut here on Kickstarter. This unique design comes from the original illustrations of Joe Morelli and features mid-century graphics and characterizations of animals found in the Pocono region.
The Collector's Box is constructed of high-density chipboard with a book linen finish and holds two decks of cards (decks are not included).
Keep your cards handy - and protected - on the go with our custom card clip. Made of lightweight, industrial-strength aluminum, the clip is engraved with original artwork from Joe Morelli and Pocono Modern and will keep your cards looking like new.
Full, uncut sheet of the deck signed by the designer himself.
'Four Aces' Rocks Glasses
What better way to break out your new deck than over a few cocktails with friends? And we want you to do it with the best of the best, which is why we've selected the designs from each of our aces for this glassware. Glasses come as a set of four.
Grey Retro Deck
Add on our previously produced Retro Deck with the colored background!
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About Pocono Modern
We originally founded our company in 2007 to build modern homes in the Poconos but started designing smaller goods in 2010. We currently design and produce furniture, artwork, accessories, and other home goods. This is our second deck of cards and with your support we hope to continue building our catalog of American-made products.
Thank you again for checking us out! If you choose to back us, we promise we will make you proud. Need a little proof? Just check out some of the press we received on our last deck, The Woodland Deck.
Risks and challenges
We have already been working with the US Playing Card Company to finalize costs and production times. We have produced a test sheet and the project is ready to start. Our only risk is putting the production at the mercy of the USPCC schedule. We have allotted an ample amount of time to fulfill the orders, but of course, are dependent on USPCC to deliver the goods. In terms of fulfillment, we have the staff and the organization to pack all of the rewards as we currently handle over 2,000 orders a year through our website and Etsy shop.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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