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AVES is a beautiful new deck of playing cards, inspired by birds from all over the world. Printed by USPCC & Bicycle branded.
AVES is a beautiful new deck of playing cards, inspired by birds from all over the world. Printed by USPCC & Bicycle branded.
780 backers pledged $23,924 to help bring this project to life.

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The name for the deck, "Aves" comes from the proper scientific classification for birds. "Aves" is also Latin and Spanish for "Birds."  These fine art playing cards were hand drawn by a world-class artist before being turned into digital art prior to being transformed into gorgeous playing cards, just for you.

The Aves bird deck will be printed by the USPCC (United States Playing Card Company) on magnificent Bicycle card stock.

Karina Eibatova is the artist for this deck, and she spent months illustrating this. She studies nature, including birds, and from her efforts has come an absolutely stunningly elegant natural bird deck. Karina is an illustrator and fine-artist, born in Leningrad, USSR (St. Petersburg, Russia), and is currently based in Vienna, Austria.

Artist Karina Eibatova
Artist Karina Eibatova

Karina specializes in drawing, illustration, murals, video, calligraphy and typography. She has had exhibitions in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Gerlesborg, Sweden, and Vienna, Austria. She is 1 of 3 people in a creative artist group called the Dopludo Collective.

Some of her other clients include: Sunday New York Times (USA), Wired Magazine (England), Iloveyou Magazine (Berlin, Germany), Monsterthreads (Sydney, Australia), and Atlantic Records (USA). She recently completed painting a mural inside a luxury hotel in Barcelona, Spain.

Bicycle AVES Deck Playing Card Features: 

  • Printed by The United States Playing Card Company
  • Bicycle® branded
  • Hand drawn and designed by artist Karina Eibatova
  • Deck produced by LUX Playing Cards
  • 100% completely custom designed cards, including art, pips, royalty, backs, everything.
  • Custom Tuck Case with textured linen cover
  • 56 cards including a full 52 card deck, plus 2 Jokers, a LUX card, and a double backed card.
  • Normal sized poker deck of playing cards.
  • Linen finish. Also known as Air-Cushion finish for fine handling.
  • Printed on premium Bicycle card stock.
  • Artwork inspired by birds of nature.

The tuck cases are amazing. We wanted the cards to be held in something as stunning as the cards themselves, so we are using a unique textured, linen cover for the tuck case, which reminds me a lot of the lines and hatch work on the Madison Rounders / Dealers tuck cases. The raised texture on this tuck goes really well with the theme of the deck.

 The nests in the corners are part of the 2 small side flaps that fold down under the initial opening. Each part of the tuck case is being used to show off the art.

The card back is extremely detailed, and features feathers from many bird types tied together with a beautiful, one of a kind coordination. The cards fan really well with this colorful, elaborate design. Even with a large picture, the intricate designs are amazing.

There is amazing attention to detail on each different royalty card, all of which are illustrated by hand.

The level of sophistication on the illustrations is incredible. You won’t know whether to play with them or hang them on your wall.

This Bicycle playing card deck will feature 56 cards, including a full 52 card deck with 2 Jokers, a LUX ad card, and a double-backed card, all carried in a unique textured linen finished tuck box.

The United States Playing Card Company has already approved the artwork, so this deck is ready to fly into your hands.

The Aces are striking. You’ll see they still carry the Bird theme while retaining a unique individuality.

This is my second playing card deck to produce, and the first one successfully funded here on Kickstarter. We waited to launch this deck until the first playing cards - The Illusionist Deck - had shipped.

Thank you for helping to make this deck of playing cards a reality. Please share this project on Facebook and Twitter so that others can share in this beautiful art.

Pips - 4 of a kind.
Pips - 4 of a kind.

 Below are a few pictures of the hand-made LUX leather playing card holders. They each hold one deck of cards, as seen in the photos. There are only a total of 12 of these: 6 red and 6 chocolate brown, so when they're gone, they're gone!

 Special anodized aluminum card cases are also available as an add-on. You can simply add $9 to your existing pledge, and you can choose either the black or gold versions. They are light-weight and will protect your cards from almost anything. Only 100 total of the special anodized aluminum card cases were made of each color.

 Wooden Coins

Instead of a metal coin for this project, we wanted to do something more in touch with this playing card deck, so we are going with custom engraved wooden coins. These 2 inch diameter wooden coins are absolutely amazing in their detail. Each wooden collector’s coin is laser engraved for the highest possible resolution.

Wooden Coins Set of 5 Complete
Wooden Coins Set of 5 Complete

I’ve even added the tip of a pencil to a picture to show you just how detailed the engraving is on these wooden collector’s pieces, which can also be used as a dealer coin when playing poker or card night.

  The coins come in a set of 5: the Swan pictured here (Queen of Spades), as well as the Peacock (Jack of Hearts), Penguin (King of Clubs), Owl (King of Hearts), and Pelican (Queen of Diamonds). You would simply add $30 on to your base pledge to have us ship this 5 collector coin set to you. The back of the coins are represented by the 4 different card suits in their own unique Bird designs, plus a coin made up of 2 feathers represented on the tuck case and card back design.

Original Art, 1 of a kind. Signed by artist.
Original Art, 1 of a kind. Signed by artist.

The original art would look great in a 5 inch by 7 inch frame. The suit designs (Diamond Feather, etc) are smaller by nature than the birds, but are still amazing in their detail.

Pelican and Diamond Feather with Ruler
Pelican and Diamond Feather with Ruler

Uncut Sheets are available as an add-on. An uncut sheet is approximately 26 inches by 22 inches, and it is the printed sheet of cards that is pulled from the rack before it was cut into a deck of cards. It is a great display piece. One side has the card backs while the other side has the front (faces) of all of the cards.

Art prints of any bird design are also available as an add-on. Art prints are 14 x 22 inches, and finished on a linen stock, so they'll look amazing. Make sure you get one of these amazing fine art prints for yourself or for a friend.

To manage your pledge, just add-on an additional dollar amount to your base pledge if you want Add-on items from below. You will receive a survey at the end of this campaign so that you can detail what your pledge was for, and you will receive any extra items that you want (wooden coins, extra card decks, uncut sheets, art prints, card deck holders, etc.) Thank you!

Add-Ons
Add-Ons

Bicycle branded playing cards have the Bicycle logo across the front of the deck, as in the pictures above. Unbranded cards do not have the Bicycle logo across the front. Having different tuck boxes is a great way to show off the art.

Below is a video on How to Manage Your Pledge for add-ons.

 http://vimeo.com/67736084

Risks and challenges

This is my second playing card deck to produce, and the first one successfully funded here on Kickstarter, and shipped on time. :)

This Bicycle Aves deck is being manufactured and printed by The United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) and the artwork is already approved, so there should be close to zero delays or risks with this project. We don't foresee any production delays, but if they happen, we will keep everyone updated and work through it. We will put all of our efforts into fulfilling everything in a timely fashion.

We will always be transparent and open with you. It's our highest priority to have everything in your hands as quickly as possible!

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    1 Unbranded AVES Deck. Domestic shipping is included/free to anywhere in the USA for all items in this project. International shipping adds a fee.

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    2 Mixed AVES Decks – 1 Bicycle Branded Aves Deck and 1 Unbranded Aves Deck

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    Initial prototype deck. Has slightly smaller fonts on the cards, and the main Ace pictures are slightly smaller. We redid them to make them larger for the current decks, so these will never be printed again. Only 12 ever created. Says "BIRD" on the prototype tuck box.

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    One prototype deck with larger fonts than the initial prototype deck, closer to the final design. Collector's item. Prototypes are printed to enable to see designs and layout. Your prototype comes with unopened cards, only 12 ever created. Says "BIRD" on the tuck.

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    Uncut Sheet of the Bird Deck PLUS 2 mixed AVES decks (1 Bicycle Branded and 1 unbranded).

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    1 Art Print PLUS 2 mixed AVES decks, Bicycle branded and unbranded. Art print can be anything (Ace of Clubs design, a Bird design, back of card design, etc).

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    The custom designed RED leather playing card holder, debossed with the LUX logo, made exclusively for the AVES release. It’s original and striking, & handmade in the USA. PLUS 3 AVES decks, your choice Bicycle branded or unbranded.

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    The custom designed DARK BROWN leather playing card holder made exclusively for the AVES Bird Deck. Debossed with the LUX logo. Handmade in the USA. PLUS 3 AVES decks, your choice Bicycle branded or unbranded.

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    6 decks mixed (half a brick): 3 Bicycle Branded Aves Decks and 3 Unbranded Aves Decks.

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    6 decks (half a brick): 6 Bicycle branded AVES decks.

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    Wooden Coins, Complete Set of 5. PLUS 4 mixed AVES decks (2 Bicycle branded, 2 unbranded).

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    4 Art Prints. The Ace design from each of the 4 Suits. PLUS 2 AVES card decks, 1 Bicycle Branded and 1 unbranded.

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    1 full brick = 12 decks (6 Bicycle Branded AVES Decks and 6 Unbranded AVES Decks).

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    1 full brick = A dozen eggs = 12 decks AVES Bicycle Branded.

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    Original fine art of the Jack of Spades bird design by the artist. This is the stunning, detailed original pencil drawing that created these AVES Playing Cards. Only 1 exists, will not be redone. Signed by artist. Also comes with 2 Bird decks, 1 Bicycle branded and 1 unbranded. Only 1 available.

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    Original fine art of the Queen of Hearts bird design by the artist. This is the stunning, detailed original pencil drawing that created these AVES Playing Cards. Only 1 exists, will not be redone. Signed by artist. Also comes with 2 Bird decks, 1 Bicycle branded and 1 unbranded. Only 1 available.

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    Original fine art of the Jack of Diamonds bird design by the artist. This is the stunning, detailed original pencil drawing that created these AVES Playing Cards. Only 1 exists, will not be redone. Signed by artist. Also comes with 2 Bird decks, 1 Bicycle branded and 1 unbranded. Only 1 available.

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    Original fine art of the Jack of Clubs bird design by the artist. This is the stunning, detailed original pencil drawing that created these AVES Playing Cards. Only 1 exists, will not be redone. Signed by artist. Also comes with 2 Bird decks, 1 Bicycle branded and 1 unbranded. Only 1 available.

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    Original fine art of the King of Clubs bird design by the artist. This is the stunning, detailed original pencil drawing that created these AVES Playing Cards. Only 1 exists, will not be redone. Signed by artist. Also comes with 2 Bird decks, 1 Bicycle branded and 1 unbranded. Only 1 available.

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    Original fine art of the Ace of Spades bird design by the artist. This is the stunning, detailed original pencil drawing that created these AVES Playing Cards. Only 1 exists, will not be redone. Signed by artist. Also comes with 2 Bird decks, 1 Bicycle branded and 1 unbranded. Only 1 available.

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    Original fine art of the Ace of Hearts bird design by the artist. This is the stunning, detailed original pencil drawing that created these AVES Playing Cards. Only 1 exists, will not be redone. Signed by artist. Also comes with 2 Bird decks, 1 Bicycle branded and 1 unbranded. Only 1 available.

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    2 full bricks = 24 decks (12 decks AVES Bicycle branded, 12 decks unbranded).

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    2 full bricks - 24 decks AVES Bicycle branded.

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Funding period

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