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“True courage is in facing danger.” – from Chapter 15, The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.

The Wizard of Oz decks are new custom playing card decks, inspired by L. Frank Baum’s fantasy novels.

There are 2 new playing card decks in this campaign!  Because this is one of the most famous stories in American culture, we wanted to really show off what a playing card deck can be. The decks feature new art, embossing and foil on the tuck case, and yes, even new technology in the playing card industry which allows you to really touch and feel the artwork on the actual back of the card with a new raised gloss feature.

The Bicycle deck has beautiful original wraparound art of the climactic moment in the story of Dorothy melting the Wicked Witch of the West with a bucket of water. The Bicycle tuck's wraparound art is unique and gorgeous, and the tuck features golden foil as well as embossing to accentuate the design.

About the Artist:  Suzanne van Pelt

Originally from Holland and now residing in Norway, Suzanne van Pelt is an extraordinary digital artist who specializes in and has received acclaim for her work in portraits and in fantasy art, which was perfect for this project. She has been published in Imagine FX, Advanced Photoshop Magazine (APM), various indie prints, and in Ballistic Publishing books. Her Deviant Art page has over 310,000 page views at last count (and rising quickly). Suzanne has been named alongside other popular artists like Daniela Uhlig, Wen-Xi Chen, Mark Brooks, Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau, Marta Dahlig and Charlie Bowater.  Suzanne was able to bring to life the most important characters from L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz book into a modern deck of cards that belongs in every household.

"You people with hearts have something to guide you, and need never do wrong; but I have no heart, and so I must be very careful.” – Tin Woodman, Chapter 6, The Wizard of Oz.

I wanted to show this card close up so that you can see the amount of detail created in each card. Instead of showing a large photo of each single card, the close-up of the Tin Woodman here will give you an idea of the preciseness and extravagance that went into the art on each card. You can see everything from the detail on the axe blade to the rust on his body, and even the joints on his fingers.

There are 2 separate decks here that you can acquire, both of which are very elegant. Both decks have beautifully embossed tuck cases. One deck is printed by world famous USPCC on Bicycle card stock, and the other deck has an emerald green background color on the actual card faces, as well as the new "Impressions" technology by MPC which allows the card back to be raised/lifted/glossy so that you can actually feel the embossing on the card back.

Wizard of Oz "Emerald City Edition" with glossy "Impressions" Back
Wizard of Oz "Emerald City Edition" with glossy "Impressions" Back

"It is a long way to the Emerald City... and you must pass through rough and dangerous places before you reach the end of your journey." - Boq, Chapter 3, The Wizard of Oz.

Here is a quick 40 second video to show a prototype of the glossy card back for the Emerald City Edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-C0x6LpGy8

Emerald City Edition - Emerald Green Borders
Emerald City Edition - Emerald Green Borders

Our other new deck is the “Emerald City” edition, with emerald green coloring on the borders and backgrounds of the cards. The Emerald City edition also has the new "Impressions" technology by MPC which allows the card back to be raised/lifted/glossy so that you can actually feel the embossing on the card back. It’s an amazing effect that you have to see to appreciate.

Oz Emerald City glossy raised embossed card back
Oz Emerald City glossy raised embossed card back

This Emerald City "Impressions" deck has an embossed tuck case as well, and features the Emerald City on the intricate wraparound tuck art. All of this original art is inspired by Baum’s fantasy novels. Not only is this the first time in playing card history in which the back of each card has the raised "Impressions" glossy effect, but this is a limited print run. There are limited sets of the raised glossy "Impressions" Emerald City cards in the quantities available. Because it is a limited edition deck print run of 2,500 or fewer, these can only be purchased through tiers instead of add-ons - that way the quantity can be tracked by everyone. (We will add on more tiers as needed to get to 2,500).

Every detail of this exquisite playing card deck has been thought out with immaculate detail. Characters have been put in all the right places. This new card deck has all new original work to showcase the characters from Oz that you are so familiar with. The portraits representing the characters are striking and unique. We have spent almost a year outlining, illustrating, designing, and putting together these dramatic card decks.

Another 40 second video of the Oz deck... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LMduqg7gC0

The card back tells the story of Oz. The shade and lighting found here is incomparable to anything you’ve seen before. You’ll see the OZ letters partly through the negative space in the tornado designs, along with the Good versus Evil symbolized through the Axe of the Tin Woodman against the Broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Character placement is of primary importance in a deck like this.

Part of the difficulty in creating a deck like this is choosing where the characters fit best. I decided to place important characters together where they match best.

For the Spades, we grouped together the evil characters. The Queen of Spades naturally became the Wicked Witch of the West, while her minions, the Flying Monkeys and the Winkie Soldiers, became the Jack and King of Spades.

 For the Diamonds, Dorothy was put together with two very important Oz characters, the Wizard and the Scarecrow. Dorothy made the arduous journey to see the Wizard, while the Scarecrow was the first companion she met on the Yellow Brick Road.

"Kill the Wicked Witch of the West," answered Oz. – Chapter 11, The Wonderful City of Oz

The Hearts are represented with the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Woodman, along with the Good Witch of the North, all of whom helped Dorothy.

The Clubs are made entirely of characters originally from Kansas, including Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and Toto.

“There's a cyclone coming, Em.” – Uncle Henry, Chapter 1, The Cyclone

Bicycle Wizard of Oz Playing Card Deck Features: 

  • Printed by The United States Playing Card Company
  • Bicycle playing card stock
  • Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wizard of Oz.
  • Illustrated by renowned artist Suzanne van Pelt.
  • 100% completely custom designed playing cards, including art, pips, royalty, backs, jokers, tuck cases, and everything else that you can put into a card deck.
  • Custom Tuck Cases, including embossing in order to further enhance the designs. Foil accents on the tuck case, as well as printing on the inside of the tuck case.
  • 56 cards including a full 52 card deck, plus 2 Jokers, a card outlining the characters, and a double backed card.
  • Standard sized poker deck of playing cards, 2.5" by 3.5"
  • Linen Finish, also known as Air-Cushion Finish.
  • Diptych Jokers which tell the story of a scene between Dorothy and the Wicked Witch when placed together, side by side.

"There is only one thing in the world I am afraid of: a lighted match.” – Scarecrow, Chapter 3, How Dorothy Saved The Scarecrow

Wizard of Oz Emerald City Edition - Playing Card Deck Features: 

  • Printed by MPC with new embossing technology to accentuate the art on the card back.
  • First playing cards in history with this raised technology on the card backs.
  • Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wizard of Oz.
  • Illustrated by renowned artist Suzanne van Pelt.
  • Emerald green backgrounds and borders to differentiate from the other deck
  • 100% completely custom designed playing cards, including art, pips, royalty, backs, jokers, tuck cases, and everything else that you can put into a card deck.
  • Custom Tuck Cases, including embossing in order to further enhance the designs.
  • 54 cards including a full 52 card deck, plus 2 Jokers.
  • Standard sized poker deck of playing cards, 2.5" by 3.5"
  • Linen Finish, also known as Air-Cushion Finish.
  • Wraparound art on the tuck case
  • Diptych Jokers which tell the story of a scene between Dorothy and the Wicked Witch when placed together, side by side.

Thank you so much for supporting this Kickstarter campaign. It means a lot that you are helping to produce these amazing playing card decks. We hope you enjoy having them as much as we enjoyed creating them.

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

http://vimeo.com/67736084
http://vimeo.com/67736084

Risks and challenges

This is my third playing card deck to produce, and the other two successfully funded here on Kickstarter and shipped ahead of time. :)

These Wizard of Oz decks are being printed by world-class companies, including The United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) with an additional glossy raised deck "Emerald City" edition printed by MPC. The artwork is already approved, so there should be close to zero delays or risks with this project. As always, it is possible that tuck / art changes slightly due to manufacturing / printing. 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 once again.

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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