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Muertos Playing Cards a custom deck inspired by Day of the Dead, the tradition of playing cards and my childhood. Printed by USPCC
Muertos Playing Cards a custom deck inspired by Day of the Dead, the tradition of playing cards and my childhood. Printed by USPCC
Muertos Playing Cards a custom deck inspired by Day of the Dead, the tradition of playing cards and my childhood. Printed by USPCC
2,793 backers pledged $159,706 to help bring this project to life.

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Muertos - Day of the Dead Playing Cards

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Muertos is an original set of American playing cards designed by Steve Minty and produced by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). It is independently crafted and honors the holiday that celebrates life and death; Dia De Los Muertos. The Muertos deck takes the classic aesthetics of Dia De Los Muertos and is updated with the tradition of playing and my experiences growing up. It depicts the social classes and history of the culture while simultaneously giving off a contemporary elegant luxurious feel.

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Color Deck Un-Cut Sheets!

Each is signed by me! The price remains the same as the other un-cut sheets ($25 for Domestic, $40 for international). I know it's very last minute but I wanted to offer something that would be cool! I will only make enough of these to fill orders and nothing more. Don't worry if you can't pledge for it now, it will be available in backerkit!

125k Unlocked!

 Now every back with at least 1 pledge of each Color Deck (Love Deck, Celebration Deck, & Sun Deck) will receive a pair of Red Love Dice and Celebrate Dice free of charge! This is a highly exclusive order and the dices will not be available for add-ons or swaps.

Dealer Button!

New dealer button that will be free with the 100, 300 & 500 Poker sets. Each dealer button is made from Acrylic and is approximately 4"x3". This dealer button is not available as an add-on!

 Optional Poker Chip Denominations!

Backers with the 100, 300 and 500 Pokerchips Set will now have the option of either getting their chips in non-numbered denominations or numbered denominations! The collector's set will still retain the non-numbered denominations. When you add a 100, 300, or 500 Poker Chip Set, message me your choice of either numbered or unnumbered denominations!

Enhanced Suit Design!

Numbered cards will now have updated suit designs to enhance visibility and functionality!

Different Backs for Color Decks vs Night Decks and Mourning Gold Decks!

 

Back designs for the color decks (Love Deck, Celebration Deck, Sun Deck ) will have a similar yet different design. The design integrity remains the same but certain details have changed. This increases variety and value!

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I grew up in Los Angeles and at a very young age, I was exposed to a lot of different cultures, especially that of the Mexican heritage. There are many aspects of the culture that I become accustomed to, but it wasn’t until I started looking into my fear of death that I was introduced to the holiday known as Dia De Los Muertos. The imagery and symbolism of Dia De Los Muertos is incredibly beautiful and has a lot of whimsy and playfulness to it despite it involving the very somber topic of death.

My goal when creating the imagery for the Muertos deck is to honor the message that Dia De Los Muertos celebrates. From Aztec influences to José Posada’s works and even the Mexican-American Wars, I aimed to capture the social classes and implications that are set within the history of the culture. By encompassing all of it and expressing it in my style and my background, I feel it’s true to me and a product I am very proud of.

In the next couple of weeks, I hope to get work with you to release more awesome rewards and make Muertos come to life together!

Muertos Night Deck back design
Muertos Night Deck back design
Muertos Night Deck Aces
Muertos Night Deck Aces
Muertos Night Deck Spade Face Cards - (Left to Right) El Padre, La Hermana, El Soldado
Muertos Night Deck Spade Face Cards - (Left to Right) El Padre, La Hermana, El Soldado
Muertos Night Deck Hearts Face Cards - (Left to Right) El Catrin, La Viuda, El Bandito
Muertos Night Deck Hearts Face Cards - (Left to Right) El Catrin, La Viuda, El Bandito
Muertos Night Deck Clubs Face Cards - (Left to Right) El Caudillo, La Bailarina, El Campesino
Muertos Night Deck Clubs Face Cards - (Left to Right) El Caudillo, La Bailarina, El Campesino
Muertos Night Deck Diamonds Face Cards - (Left to Right) El Azteca, La Catrina, El Caballero
Muertos Night Deck Diamonds Face Cards - (Left to Right) El Azteca, La Catrina, El Caballero
Joker cards feature the Calaveras (sugar skull) and the Muertos Insignia.
Joker cards feature the Calaveras (sugar skull) and the Muertos Insignia.

The pips on numbered cards has been updated to a design that reflects the symmetry of traditional decks but is new and refreshing. 

Muertos Queen of Clubs - La Bailarina
Muertos Queen of Clubs - La Bailarina
Muertos King of Diamonds - El Azteca
Muertos King of Diamonds - El Azteca
Muertos Tuck Box Layout and Layers
Muertos Tuck Box Layout and Layers


The Muertos Night Deck come packaged in a black and grey embossed box featuring gold foil accents, and a grey tax stamp seal.

Muertos tuck box grey seal
Muertos tuck box grey seal

Once $40,000 Stretch goal funding is reached, the limited Muertos: Mourning Gold Edition will be unlocked as an add-on.

Once $60,000 Stretch goal funding is reached 1 additional Mourning Gold Edition deck will be free for all backers with 3 Night Decks or More! Additional International Shipping for this extra deck will be on me!

Muertos Mourning Gold Deck
Muertos Mourning Gold Deck
Muertos Mourning Gold Deck Ace
Muertos Mourning Gold Deck Ace
Muertos Love Deck
Muertos Love Deck

 The Muertos Love Deck is based on the blood that runs in our veins. They say that Blood is thicker than water and so is the love of family. Dia De Los Muertos brings family closer together to honor the dead and I couldn't help but use that as my source of inspiration.

Add the Muertos Love Deck for $15  

($17 for International Orders.)

Muertos Celebration Deck
Muertos Celebration Deck

The Muertos Celebration deck is based on the vibrant fun decorations of Dia De Los Muertos. From Papel Picado to Flower decorations, I looked to them all as a source of inspiration. These decks will be Kickstarter Exclusives!

Add the Muertos Celebration Deck for $15  

($17 for International Orders.)

Muertos Sun Deck
Muertos Sun Deck

 The Muertos Sun Deck is based on the gifts of Marigold and the sky. Also known as cempazuchitl, cempasuchil or zempasuchitl, Marigolds are used during Dia De Los Muertos so that your deceased loved ones can find their way back home.

Add the Muertos Sun Deck for $15  

($17 for International Orders.)

Unlocked: Golden Muertos Seal Stretch Goal
Unlocked: Golden Muertos Seal Stretch Goal

Update: Golden Muertos Seal has been unlocked! 

When the project reaches $20,000, each tuck box will come with a gold custom seal with grey accents. 

Muertos Engraved Wooden Poker Chips
Muertos Engraved Wooden Poker Chips

Instead of doing common ceramic or plastic poker chips, I decided to go with wood. The tactile feeling of engraved wood is great on the senses and is sure to stand out from the rest. These poker chips come in 3 sets, 100 pieces, 300 pieces, and 500 pieces.  Each denomination is made from a different wood type: White Ash, Cherry, Walnut, Mahogany, and Purple Heart. The 100 set comes with the first four denominations, while the rest comes with all five. Each set comes with an elegant polished wooden engraved case. Only 10 of each set will be made and will come with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Once it's gone, it's gone forever!

Add a 100 set for $250. ($285 for international orders.)

Add a 300 set for $500. ($545 for international orders.)

Add a 500 set for $750. ($800 for international orders.)

Now available! Muertos Poker Chips Collector's Set. Each set comes with 1 chip of each wood type + 1 Hardwood engraved display!


Add the Muertos Poker Chips Collector's set for $25

($35 for International Orders.)

Muertos Poker Case
Muertos Poker Case

New Reward Add-on! This beautiful wood engraved poker deck case holds 2 signed decks. 

Add a Poker Case for only $75.

($100 for international orders.)

Muertos Wooden Deck
Muertos Wooden Deck

  I don’t believe this reward has been done before, but I am very proud to offer this reward to the $500 and $1000 level backers. The cards are exquisite and feel remarkable in your hands. 

Due to the nature of wood, inconsistencies may occur.
Now Available! Muertos Black & Gold Dice
Now Available! Muertos Black & Gold Dice
Add a pair of dice to any reward for only $5

($7 for international orders)

Now Available! Muertos Marbled Ivory Dice
Now Available! Muertos Marbled Ivory Dice

 Add a pair of dice to any reward for only $5

($7 for international orders)

Stay true to Dia De Los Muertos with the In Memoriam Pledge.
Stay true to Dia De Los Muertos with the In Memoriam Pledge.

Pass on the legacy of your loved one by having a custom Muertos Style portrait on an extra card that comes with every Muertos Night Deck. Only 1 available.

Black “Muertos” Tshirt (Available in S,M,L,XL, XXL).
Black “Muertos” Tshirt (Available in S,M,L,XL, XXL).

Add a “Muertos' Tshirt to any Reward for just $15.

($20 for International orders.)

11” x 17” Muertos Hand-Pilled Screen Printed Poster. Numbered and printed on high quality paper stock.
11” x 17” Muertos Hand-Pilled Screen Printed Poster. Numbered and printed on high quality paper stock.

Add a “Muertos' Poster to any Reward for just $20

($30 for International orders.) Frame not included with prints.

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

Add a Muertos Coin to any Reward for just $10.

($12 for International orders.)

Once funding has reached $30,000, 1 Muertos coin will be free for all backers with a pledge of 3 decks or more!

How to get your sweet add-ons:

1. After you have pledged to the project there will be a blue Manage your pledge button on the right hand column as seen above.  

2. Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total of the add-ons you want to add. Unless you want to change your tier at the same time, Do not change the tier you are currently pledged at. If you do change your tier, just add the total of add-ons to your new tier level. (If you are an international backer, please be sure to pledge the international amount)   

3. You then have to confirm your new pledge amount and will be sent to Amazon for checkout completion! 

4. Important! Be sure to message me about your add-ons so I can be sure to mark it down! It creates a lot less confusion at the end.

Video Credits:

Videographer: Alvin Dharmawan
Music: "Laid Back Guitars" - Kevin MacLeod

Risks and challenges

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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