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Classical Japanese culture inspired limited edition custom luxury playing card decks designed by Steve Minty
Classical Japanese culture inspired limited edition custom luxury playing card decks designed by Steve Minty
1,201 backers pledged $51,762 to help bring this project to life.

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 Hana Signature Edition: Coming soon to a super limited kickstarter! Stay tuned!

 

Jack of Spades revealed!
Jack of Spades revealed!

 

 

 

New Antique Cards unlocked! There are two available design options for the engraved card: Silver or Gold design. Each are regulation poker card sized (2.5"x3.5") but will be hefty at 3.5mm thickness with an antique finish. The card will feature the Ace of Spades of the respective deck. Only a limited amount will be made so it will be the perfect addition to the collection! 

Add an engraved card to any reward for only $25 or $40 for both! You will be able to specify your selection after the campaign ends.

Note: There might be some slight changes in the design if necessary 

Jack of Clubs unveiled
Jack of Clubs unveiled


New Stretch Goal unlocked! Backers who pledge 3 or more decks will receive 1 free coin! 

To commemorate, a new coin add-on is also unlocked:

This Antique Silver Coin 1¾” Engraved Commemorative Coin features the samurai in the front and the Silver Hana Flower Kamon insignia on the back.Add a silver coin to any Reward for just $12

Our third stretch goal got unlocked! Now every deck seal will be printed on foil! These seals features the Kamon inspired insignias of each respective deck!

 

 

Queen of Hearts unveiled
Queen of Hearts unveiled



We've unlocked our second Stretch Goal! That means ALL OF THE TUCKS WILL BE FOILED AND EMBOSSED! As some of you may now from my previous decks, the foiling and embossing is superb and a very nice touch to the decks.

Our first stretch goal has been unlocked! That means ALL OF THE CARDS will be printed with color with metallic ink accents! The HANA Luxury Playing Cards Gold edition will have gold metallic ink and the Silver Edition will have silver metallic ink!

 

 

 

The Hana luxury playing cards is an original set of decks designed by Steve Minty. These decks are inspired by the unique elegance of traditional Japanese culture. Elements from aspects of textile, art, and social structures are incorporated into this deck along with my design sensibilities to make these different from what I have done before.

As always, I work on projects that I have a connection to on a personal level. I knew since I first started designing playing cards that I wanted to work on a deck that revolved around Japanese culture. To do so, I traveled to Japan to research as well as gain some insight and inspiration. It was an unforgettable experience but I merely scratched the surface. In the span of 3 years, I spent countless hours on research, scoured through books ranging from Japanese society to samurai armor and even attended a few museum exhibits for the sake of this project.

Initially, I wanted to do something bold and very eye catching but I was not pleased with the looks I came up with as it was too garish. I took a step back and rethought my process on how to approach this project and through many drafts, I came up with what you see now.

This deck is more art centric than the decks I have done previously. It draws upon the history of playing cards in Japan as well as the art that makes them special. Aspects of Feudal Japan, Hana Fuda, Kimonos, Ikebana, Ukiyo-e among others are incorporated into the decks. I hope they have been not been lost in translate but most importantly, I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Below are examples of how the decks will look as well as court cards. Throughout the campaign, additional court cards will be revealed and explained on why they were chosen.  

 

 

 

 

 Close up on the details for the art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example of coins from the Muertos Campaign
Example of coins from the Muertos Campaign

This Gold 1¾” Engraved Commemorative Coin can be used as a dealer button, card guard, display piece, or decision maker. The front side features the Geisha and the back features the Hana insignia!

Add a Gold Coin to any Reward for just $12

Measures approx 22" by 26 1/2" Shipped seperately in a 25"x3" tube

Add an Uncut Sheet to any reward for $40. You can specify which Uncut sheet you prefer after the campaign ends.

($65 for international orders)

 

 

 

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UNLOCKED! ($25,000) - Cards with be printed with metallic inks! (Gold and Silver respectively)

UNLOCKED! ($30,000) - Tucks will be embossed and Foiled!

UNLOCKED! ($35,000) - Seals will be printed on Gold Foil!

UNLOCKED! ($37,500) - All backers with 3 or more decks will receive a free coin!

UNLOCKED! ($40,000) - Antique Metal Card unlocked!
MORE TO BE ADDED!

 

 

 If you are a proud backer of Hana Luxury Playing Cards, you can support the project changing your profile image (Kickstarter or Social Media) with our badges!

You can download them here: https://www.facebook.com/mintyplayingcards/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1192970624157972

 

 

Risks and challenges

This campaign will be my fourth after the highly successful Muertos, Olympia, and Anubis and Osiris Campaigns. Although there were some technical difficulties with the one of the printers and other issues, I've taken what I've learned from that experience and will apply a more efficient and effective process to allow for another successful campaign. As always, I have done a lot of research and followed up on a lot of companies to ensure that this project goes as smoothly as possible.
There may be the risks of the unforeseen but I have prepared myself enough with knowledge and research to minimize it if necessary. I listed the delivery date conservatively in order to not rush the production of the product. As a designer and consumer, I know that it is necessary to have a high-end product and I am committed to delivering the best product possible.

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