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Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Deck of Cards, a fan-made deck of playing cards which parodies the Underwoods and others as an Old English Court. This full 54-card deck is printed on high quality 310g linen playing card stock. Each deck comes in a tuckbox, made especially for the set. The deck features Frank, Claire, Linda, President Walker and you get to pick the rest!
How it works.
Love a character, hate a character? Want a character to be included in the deck? Backers of this project will decide who becomes the Jacks (both red and black suites) and Jokers. It's up to you! If the project is successful, all backers will receive a poll asking which character they want to take which spot, and the winners will be printed in the final deck. (If you have a strong opinion about who the Jokers and Jacks should be, there's a reward tier where you can pick whomever you want. After all . . . democracy is overrated.) Backers will also vote
The cards & rewards.
Details & Design.
We wanted to incorporate the classic old English style of playing cards with a modern twist and, of course, the House of Cards ensemble.
This is a small, independent print. These ain't no corporate cards. USPCC? What are we, Remy!? This is how we can keep the funding goal lower than most playing card projects and assure that -- even with a smaller audience -- you get your cards!
We have tried to keep the price reasonable and, at the same time, get the highest quality printing available to us. The cards will feature the following:
Jacks and Jokers selected by you, the backers.
Linen finish for that classic playing card feel.
High quality and durable playing card stock.
All in a special-made tuckbox.
This deck of playing cards was designed through the collaboration of several multimedia students in Portland, Oregon.
Risks and challenges
The largest obstacle is the high cost of printing high quality playing cards (and then shipping them). $1,000 is the minimum required to run a first print of the cards, with tuckboxes, and assure that we can ship them to a number of backers.
We have years of experience in design, publishing and printing, and this design -- which we hope you will help make a reality! -- is a big labor of love. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
As a small, fan-made project, we're simply interested in printing a cool design and getting it to people who will appreciate it. We have very little interest in a huge print of cards with a big card manufacturer, or any profit whatsoever. We're using an online service to print the cards, unless it becomes possible for us to print through a local shop here in Portland (which would be more expensive, but we'd love to support local business).
Of course, with all fan-art projects, copyright concerns can arise. When we launched this project, we were sharing some designs we loved on a small scale as an homage to the show. We never expected such sudden and massive attention (thanks!), and to make sure we don't encounter confusion around rights and official associations, we're keeping an ear to any and all concerns.
After research, especially into projects similar to ours on kickstarter etc., we have zero reason to think there will be any misunderstanding, and we're actively probing official sources to make sure you all get to share in these lovely designs. Kickstarter passed our project through their approval process without a hitch, and we're actively seeking further confirmation that our designs fall under fair use.
This isn't meant to compete or overlap with any official merchandise, and if our contact with official channels shows any concerns, then we'll gladly take down the project and no-one will ever be charged for their pledges, so you take on no risk as backers.
DECK + NOTEBOOKS! You will receive one deck, and a set of four "Deck of Cards" pocket notebooks for writing down your nefarious plots. You will also receive a thank you note, written on an Underwood typewriter. US shipping included.
DECK + ALL OF THE LIMITED PRINTS! You will receive one deck, and limited signed prints of each of the six face cards, as well as a thank you note, written on an Underwood typewriter. US shipping included.
GOLD DECK! You will receive one of only five decks redesigned to include as much gold as possible. This reward is only for the most aristocratic of backers. You will also receive a gold thank you note, written on a gold Underwood typewriter. US shipping included.
EVERYTHING! For making such a generous contribution to the goal, you will receive one deck, all of the limited signed prints, the set of four "Deck of Cards" notebooks, and the framed tile of any card of your choosing! (Of course, you'll also receive a thank you note, written on an Underwood typewriter.) US shipping included.
THE JOKER SPECIAL! You choose who you want the jokers to be -- whether they be a character from the show, or somebody else, or even yourself -- and you will receive two of these specialty decks. (If you'd like more, Pledge an additional $10 for each additional deck.) US shipping included.
THE JOKER AND JACK SPECIAL! You choose who you want the jokers AND jacks to be -- whether they be a character from the show, or somebody else, or even yourself -- and you will receive four of these specialty decks. (If you'd like more, pledge an additional $10 for each additional deck.) US shipping included.
MEECHUM DECK! Since launching, we have received some very aggressive mail from hardcore Meechum fans, who have complained about Meechum's exclusion from the deck. FINE. YOU WANT MEECHUM? WE'LL GIVE YOU MEECHUM. THE KINGS? MEECHUM. THE QUEENS? MEECHUM. THE JACKS? MEECHUM. THE HEARTS WILL BE LITTLE MEECHUMS. We will design a deck where EVERYTHING is Meechum and send you eight copies of it, as well as two regular decks. (Also a thank you note written on an Meechumwood typewriter.) US shipping and international shipping included.