When my step-son was around 5 years old, he was obsessed with Uno. I grew up playing card games of all sorts with my grandmother and wanted to foster that same love of cards with him. We carried around a couple of decks of cards, bound with rubber bands, stuffed back into the box, or just scattered in the bottom of a my wife's purse. When it came time to play - often somewhere without a level, solid surface for the draw and discard piles - the stacks of cards fell over, blew away or slid down into the crevice of the car seat.
For Christmas that year, I made the original version of the Card Caddy in my workshop out of scrap wood. It was bulky and clunky, but it was a big hit and solved my frustrations. After a couple of iterations, I've put together an improved version and would like to the share the idea with card lovers everywhere.
Whether you're a harried parent who wants a mobile entertainment option other than "a device", a hardcore Trading Card Gamer who has a lot invested in your deck, or just someone who likes to have a deck of cards handy for a game-on-the-go, the Card Caddy is for you.
Our expected reward fulfillment timeframe is 2.5 months after end of the campaign:
- Funds transfer: 2 weeks
- Reward production: 6 weeks
- Reward processing: 1 week
- Shipping: 1 week
If we're successful, the main reward will be the limited edition Card Caddy. The rewards will be engraved with "LIMITED EDITION - ORIGINAL BACKER" and once the Kickstarter rewards have been fulfilled, we will grind the text off the mold and these will never be made again! The Kickstarter limited edition will come in two colors: Green and Black and will also never be made in this color combination after the campaign is over. You'll be able to mix and match the colors (green + black, all green, or all black). Some stretch goals will add color choices. Here's how the limited edition looks in the CAD version:
Here's a summary of the various rewards we're offering:
Shipping per Card Caddy will be $4 to US, $5 to Canada and $8 to EU (with reduced rates for the multiple packs)
Much thanks go to Phil Malone whose expert design and advice were invaluable in taking this product to the next level.
Kendrick Bender's AV expertise kept me from making a video made completely of boring slides.
Josiah Weeks designed the fabulous logo for the Card Caddy.
And, of course, my family whose support and excellent acting in the video made this all possible.
$10,000 - TWO new colors unlocked (at the end of the campaign, I'll conduct a survey to select the new color from a pallet of around 8 new colors)
$11,000 - TWO more new colors unlocked
$12,000 - TWO more new colors unlocked
$15,000 - Double Decker Version unlocked -this will raise the height of the original version to accommodate two standard decks or 75 double-sleeved trading cards. If unlocked, this will be a new reward that will become available for around $14
$20,000 - Triple Decker Version unlocked -this will raise the height of the original version to accommodate three standard decks or 100 double-sleeved trading cards. If unlocked, this will be a new reward that will be come available for around $15
For all the latest news and announcements:
Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
We have our manufacturer lined up and ready to go, so unless the initial run is much larger than expected, the turnaround time is short and predictable. One issue that may arise is if the injection-molded parts come out different than the 3D-printed ones (texture, shrinkage, etc). We have made a few versions with acrylic resin and silicone molds and they have operated just fine. If there are issues with the confirmation prototypes, we are working with a company that specializes in rapid turnaround, so we should be able to adapt our design quickly and order new versions. We've also incorporated additional time into our schedule to account for unforeseen contingencies.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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