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STRANGER THAN FICTION Sideshow performers spotlighted on beautiful custom playing cards! Printed by the Expert Playing Card Company.
STRANGER THAN FICTION Sideshow performers spotlighted on beautiful custom playing cards! Printed by the Expert Playing Card Company.
253 backers pledged $9,844 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello and welcome to the Sideshow. Our team of human oddities and artists have designed a very special, limited edition deck of playing cards inspired by the beautiful lost art of sideshow banners. Long before television and the Internet, sideshow barkers demanded our attention with a commanding voice and “never before seen” hand painted banner art! Bright colors and striking designs promised “100% ALIVE” entertainment, immediately appealing to the curiosity of all that walked by. Our barker will gladly show you the way in!

***Updated October 21, 2015 ***Lobster Boy has joined the Sideshow!!

Our Sideshow deck will only be printed once so it's a true "LIMITED EDITION", exclusive to Kickstarter. To make things just a bit more special, we're including a numbered "Lobster Boy" collector trading card with each deck!
Our Sideshow deck will only be printed once so it's a true "LIMITED EDITION", exclusive to Kickstarter. To make things just a bit more special, we're including a numbered "Lobster Boy" collector trading card with each deck!
"Backer Submitted" Stretch Goals!
"Backer Submitted" Stretch Goals!

Str8Games presents 54 custom playing cards, poker chips, ceramic plaques, coins and unique keepsakes designed exclusively for this Kickstarter event! This will be a single print run, making it just as unique as the talent on the cards. Together with your help we’ll put on quite a show! 

Our first three acts include Spidora and the beautiful and exotic Amazon Snake Charmer Rose! In case she gets hurt, we have a doctor on staff… a Witch Doctor that is!
Our first three acts include Spidora and the beautiful and exotic Amazon Snake Charmer Rose! In case she gets hurt, we have a doctor on staff… a Witch Doctor that is!
If you grabbed your heart in disbelief when you saw Spidora, feast your eyes on our very own World’s Smallest Man, King of Swords and Tattooed Girl! She’s a sultry vixen, covered head to toe in ink from around the world and 100% ALIVE!
If you grabbed your heart in disbelief when you saw Spidora, feast your eyes on our very own World’s Smallest Man, King of Swords and Tattooed Girl! She’s a sultry vixen, covered head to toe in ink from around the world and 100% ALIVE!
Our next performers are ready to take center stage!  Blockhead means business and Quarter Man will dance his way into your pocket book.  Finish off the act with Alligator Girl’s beautiful voice and sinfully scaled skin.
Our next performers are ready to take center stage! Blockhead means business and Quarter Man will dance his way into your pocket book. Finish off the act with Alligator Girl’s beautiful voice and sinfully scaled skin.
Everyone knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend and you might have to make a deal with the devil to afford them.  Well, the Son of the Devil is waiting in the wings, along with Popeye and the shockingly desirable Electra.
Everyone knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend and you might have to make a deal with the devil to afford them. Well, the Son of the Devil is waiting in the wings, along with Popeye and the shockingly desirable Electra.
Carat Card Case Shown Here!
Carat Card Case Shown Here!
Get your FREE "Uncut Sheet" digital download of our artwork, for personal use only.
Get your FREE "Uncut Sheet" digital download of our artwork, for personal use only.

The Sideshow deck will be printed by the Expert Playing Card Company with the following features:

• 52 custom playing cards, 2 custom jokers, and 1 custom back design.

• Poker-size dimensions (2.5 x 3.5 inches)

• Master Finish  

I had a single deck printed by another company to see if I liked it!  This is just a mock up of the box art!
I had a single deck printed by another company to see if I liked it! This is just a mock up of the box art!
Expert Playing Card Company
Expert Playing Card Company

How about a game of poker after the show?  We’ve designed 6 custom chips to accompany your Sideshow deck, along with a metal “ALIVE” dealer button for your home game! Our Sideshow chips are made of ceramic polymer and weigh 10 grams, measuring 1.5” in diameter. Our “ALIVE” dealer button comes free with every 100 chips. They measure 1.75” and weigh 24 grams. All items are exclusive to this kickstarter campaign and will not be available for purchase after the show!

FREE "Alive" dealer button with every 100 chips purchased!
FREE "Alive" dealer button with every 100 chips purchased!
Choose from 6 different denominations!
Choose from 6 different denominations!
Chips weigh approximately 10 grams ea.
Chips weigh approximately 10 grams ea.
The ceramic poker plaques are a Sideshow exclusive and fun addition to your set!
The ceramic poker plaques are a Sideshow exclusive and fun addition to your set!
JUST ADDED! Full color Sideshow metal "cut" card!!!
JUST ADDED! Full color Sideshow metal "cut" card!!!

Want more? Please see the chart below and add the corresponding price of the item(s) to your current pledge amount. In the post-campaign survey, you'll be able to specify your add-on items. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns! We're committed to staying in constant communication with our backers so we can make this project a success! 

Updated "add ons" October 3rd, 2015!
Updated "add ons" October 3rd, 2015!
JUST ADDED! Stretch goal "Plank Owner" chip for our first 200 backers! Please check out our recent UPDATE for details!!
JUST ADDED! Stretch goal "Plank Owner" chip for our first 200 backers! Please check out our recent UPDATE for details!!

Str8 Games is a fun, new division of Straight 8 Custom Photography. We are veteran owned and operated and have provided our clients with excellent products and customer service for over 4 years. Please visit us on social media to see more of our work! INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | Str8Games INSTAGRAM 

Special thanks to the crew at UnitedCardists.com, Mr. William Kalush from the Expert Playing Card Company, and Mr. Boyer from PlayingCardForum.com for your feedback and assistance! We'd also like to thank artist Julian Faylona for his hard work and dedication to this project.  

Julian hard at work!
Julian hard at work!

Good people here:

http://www.playingcardforum.com/index.php?

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Risks and challenges

We've spent months analyzing countless playing card campaigns to prepare ourselves for this event! The artwork is 100% completed to the specifications of the Expert Playing Card Company. Our talented illustrator Julian worked tirelessly to finish all artwork before the campaign even began!

Our poker chips, ceramic plaques and aluminum coins are manufactured in the United States. We’ve purchased samples to review their quality and vendors are standing by to fulfill orders.

All “add-ons” will ship in 3 weeks or less to our backers once surveys have been completed. The Expert Playing Card Company estimates the cards will be ready to ship in 65 days. We will make frequent posts on their progress and promptly answer any questions you may have! Str8 Games is committed to both the project AND your customer service throughout this event.

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    (BACKER SUBMITTED TIER) 1 Carat Card Case, 1 Sideshow Deck + High Resolution "Uncut Sheet" Artwork PDF (for personal use only), 25 Sideshow Poker Chips
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    FAN REQUEST SUPER PACK : SIDESHOW HALF BRICK (6 Sideshow Decks + (1) Uncut Sheet + (1) Metal "ALIVE" Coin + (50) Poker Chips)
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    BACKER SUBMITTED TIER #2: (1) Sideshow Deck + High Resolution "Uncut Sheet" Artwork PDF (for personal use only), (100) Poker Chips + (1) Metal "Alive" Coin
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