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The ultra-luxury collectors version of an innovative new deck of playing cards redesigned for card players from the ground up.
The ultra-luxury collectors version of an innovative new deck of playing cards redesigned for card players from the ground up.
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Whispering Imps®: Limited Edition Gamesters Playing Cards

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Welcome to the Kickstarter page for the Limited Edition Gamesters.  

In January 2014, I partnered again with illustrator Mark Stutzman, and we began designing the second deck in the Whispering Imps® series: The Gamesters.

In January 2015, the Standard Edition Gamesters were completely funded by over 500 backers on Kickstarter!  The Limited Edition Gamesters are the ultra-luxury version of that very same design and incorporates what very few decks have achieved...a revolutionary new technique of stamping Gold & Silver foils directly on to the backs of each playing card, a milestone set by the Expert Playing Card Co. last year. 

The Limited Edition Gamesters will be available in two versions:

BLACK & GOLD EDITION (Key Features)

  • Black Back with Gold Foil "WI" Logos
  • Traditionally Cut (preferred by professionals)
  • Embossed Paper Stock with Premium Master Finish (for long lasting play)
  • 2 Embossed Layers of Foil on the Tuck Box (Gold Foil & Black Foil)
  • Limited to only 1000 Decks

RED & SILVER EDITION (Key Features)

  • Red Back with Silver Foil "WI" Logos
  • Traditionally Cut (preferred by professionals)
  • Embossed Paper Stock with Premium Master Finish (for long lasting play)
  • 2 Embossed Layers of Foil on the Tuck Box (Silver Foil & Black Foil)
  • Limited to only 1000 Decks

The Innovative New Back:

The back design for the Limited Edition Gamesters will be available in two colors, “Imp Red” & “Classic Black,” with the branded “WI” Logo stamped in foil directly on to each playing card in either Gold or Silver foil, centered at each end of the card. Both editions will be offered together in this project.

Classic Black with Gold Foil Logos stamped onto the playing card back
Classic Black with Gold Foil Logos stamped onto the playing card back
Imp Red with Silver Foil Logos stamped onto the playing card back
Imp Red with Silver Foil Logos stamped onto the playing card back

The Tuck Box

The tuck box is manufactured from ultra-premium, un-coated, heavy-duty, white paper stock. The Gold Edition tuck will feature a glossy black & gold foil finish, black inks and deep precision embossing. The Silver Edition tuck will feature a glossy black & silver foil finish, red inks and deep precision embossing.  The white decorative elements on the front of the tuck box will be embossed through the inked artwork creating a beautiful effect and adding depth to the box.

Red/Silver Limited Edition Gamesters Tuck Box
Red/Silver Limited Edition Gamesters Tuck Box
Black/Gold Limited Edition Gamesters Tuck Box
Black/Gold Limited Edition Gamesters Tuck Box

The Collectors Box Set

The Limited Edition Gamesters will be available in a custom two-deck collectors box with the branded Gamesters logo stamped in foil on the center of the box lid.   

2 Limited Edition Gamesters Decks in Collectors Box
2 Limited Edition Gamesters Decks in Collectors Box

The Face Cards:

The face cards of the Limited Edition Gamesters will incorporate the same innovative design used in the Standard Editions allowing right and left handed players to peek at their hand from any corner.

At just 2.5mm from the edge, a player can peek at their hand in the safest possible manner. Additionally, when cards are placed horizontally in front of a player, a quick lift of the cards and a player can easily refresh their memory.

For those who can fan a deck of playing cards, this unique indices system allows for a beautiful display of the face cards in either direction.  

The "Limited Edition Gamesters" King of Diamonds
The "Limited Edition Gamesters" King of Diamonds

Below is an example of how a Royal Flush might look with the Limited Edition Gamesters.

The "Limited Edition Gamesters" Royal Flush
The "Limited Edition Gamesters" Royal Flush

 Ace of Spades:

Traditionally, the Ace of Spades is the most beautiful and ornate card in a deck – the printing house was required to include information about itself, so they paid careful attention to fine detail and design. The Limited Edition Gamesters’ Ace of Spades sticks to that tradition and is inspired by many of the classic designs from the New York Consolidated Card Company that were printed in the late 1800’s.

The "Limited Edition Gamesters" Ace of Spades
The "Limited Edition Gamesters" Ace of Spades

 The Joker

The Limited Edition Gamesters come equipped with a Joker for those card games that may require the use of a “wild card.” This Joker portrays a sneaky Whispering Imp palming the Ace of Spades. The shadow behind “JOKER” reveals the word “POKER”. 

The "Limited Edition Gamesters" Joker
The "Limited Edition Gamesters" Joker

The Cut Card

Traditionally, “Cut Cards” are often blank, opaque cards used by most casinos as a method to prevent accidental exposure of the bottom card to players in a game. 

The Limited Edition Gamesters come with one Cut Card:

Face Side:  Red branded "WI" Logos with a famous quote from American gambling icon Benny Binion "Trust everyone, but always cut the cards."

Back Side: Completely blank

The "Limited Edition Gamesters" Cut Card
The "Limited Edition Gamesters" Cut Card

The Manufacturer 

The thin borders of the back, unique pip design of the faces and the stamped foil logos on the backs of each playing card for the Gamesters rely heavily on extremely precise registration and innovation in playing card printing technology, which is why the Expert Playing Card Company will print these ultra-luxury playing cards. I have seen the flawless registration, handled the pristine cards and felt the smooth edges of dozens of the decks they have produced, and I have 100% complete faith that to make the Gamesters the long lasting, premium quality deck they should be, the Expert Playing Card Company is the only way to go.

 Private Reserves

This information can be found on my website: http://whisperingimps.com/collections/whispering-imps-playing-cards/products/reserve

Risks and challenges

I do these projects because I am passionate about art, design, and playing cards. As a collector of playing cards for over 10 years, I take great care in making sure that the decks I produce are of the highest quality possible and that they arrive safely to each customer. In just over 1 year, I’ve produced 5 different versions of the original Whispering Imps®, totaling over 11,000 decks and have personally packed and shipped over 2500 orders; I do this because it is the only way I can guarantee each deck arrives in perfect condition. With the Gamesters I've teamed up with my friend Jackson Robinson at Kings Wild Fulfillment because he and I have the same quality standards when it comes to shipping playing cards.

When producing a deck of playing cards, I work closely with the manufacturer, overseeing every detail and confirming that the quality is up to my standards. I also check and recheck all the proofs, constantly searching for any flaws in color, contrast, border registration, and alignment of artwork. Additionally, I personally select the paper stock and finish of the playing cards, along with the paper stock, inks and foils involved with the manufacturing of the tuck box.

At this time, I do not expect any issues or delays in the manufacturing process of the Limited Edition Gamesters.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to message me, and I will respond to you. I am good about responding in a timely manner, but please know that I cannot control the rate at which I may be receiving messages and allow at least 24 hours for a response.

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