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One-of-a-kind, luxury deck of hand illustrated playing cards showcasing stunning works of art on every card                                                                            FULFILLMENT COMPLETED
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LATEST UPDATES:

Update#20: Pre-press update and a gift for all backers. Check update#20 here.

Update#19: Prototype decks available now. Check update#19 here. 

Update#18: Now you can add Kalevala limited edition, Bharata v2 & Bharata Tarot as add-ons to your pledge and they are available to kickstarter backers with free shipping. Check update#18 here. 

Update#17: Heritage Gilded edition deck has been sold out. Check update#17 here. 

Update#16: Stretch goal unlocked - Heritage Gilded edition deck will have Letterpress tuckbox now. Check update#16 here. 

Update#15: Stretch Goals Announcement. Check update#15 here. 

Update#14:  Augmented Reality (AR) test. Check latest update #14 here. 

Update#13:  An extract from the book "On The Cards" can be found here. Check latest update #13 here

Update#11: Display decks available as an add on! AUD$11 per deck. Please check the latest update #11 here. 

Update#10:  Gorgeous Letterpress printed tuckbox upgrade for Heritage gilded edition deck. Check update#10 here. 

Update#9: New reward tiers opened with correct (and lower) shipping costs for non-US backers. Please check update #8 & Update #9 for more details. 

Update#6: Hand numbered decks exclusively for Kickstarter backers - Check update here.

I'm Djinn-Jerr-Beehar of the Royal College of Whig-el-Wog & along with my fellow Aces, I welcome you all to Jumbuckfoo. I am a Djinn, and my appropriate home is a gin bottle. After more than a century or so in Djinnland, I was found by Sunish last year and I expect that you must listen to him now. You must remember, please, that I can read your thoughts -- I am a card -- I am the Ace of Spades.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Acknowledgement of Country

"Dreamed up on Wurundjeri Country of the Kulin Nations (Naarm/MelbourneAU),  we respectfully acknowledge traditional owners of the land and  recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to all elders, past, present and emerging. And extend that respect to all First Nations people."

My name is Sunish Chabba, and I, along with my friend & illustrator, Ishan Trivedi, are proud to introduce you to  "A Motley Pack - Transformation Playing Cards". 

This project is based on a rare & almost forgotten work of art & high creativity titled "On the Cards; Or, A Motley Pack" by the Australian writer, dramatist, journalist and publisher Garnet Walch that was published in Melbourne in 1875.  Published as a Pantomime in the form of a Christmas Annual, the book consists of 40 transformed playing cards illustrated by Australian poet George Gordon McCrae. WoPC notes that  George McCrae also wrote novels, stories, poetry, travel sketches and illustrated books. Some of his sketches may have been inspired by his travels to Mauritius and the Seychelles, as well as by Aboriginal people. 

"The dedication is worthy of Mark Twain or any of the other great humorous writers, and we doubt if any of them has hit upon such a quaint conceit."  - The Herald (Melbourne, VIC / Wed 29 Dec, 1875) 

I've always been fascinated by Transformation decks (playing cards) which are a unique deck of playing cards where the pips have been incorporated into a larger artistic image.  Some have estimated that around 70 different transformation decks were created throughout the entire nineteenth century, which by modern standards is a relatively small number. Transformation playing cards are a true collector's crave and weaving a whole story around those cards in the form of the book takes the creativity & innovation to another level. 

Newspaper clipping from "The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld) Wed 19 Jan 1876
Newspaper clipping from "The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld) Wed 19 Jan 1876

I have been working on this project since last 1 year and with the help of State Library Melbourne (Rare Archives), I present to you "A Motley Pack - Transformation Playing Cards" - a set of two playing card decks where the 40 cards are completely redrawn from the original book & we have taken liberty by adding the rest of 14 cards which were missing from the book so as to make the whole deck of playing cards complete. This has been done taking into account the art around 19th Century, and I hope you will like the work. It has been a great privilege to be able to work on such a project. I wish you all will come along to back the project and help restore this unique project, and a part of Melbourne's history as well as playing card history, in particular. 

And without further ado.....Djinn will share rest of the details :)

The figure to the extreme right of the picture is yours truly, the Grand Vizier, then in the zenith of his youthful beauty - I wore spectacles at that time.  Moving on, this kickstarter project consists of two playing card decks and a book.

                                                                      Mockup (not to scale)
Mockup (not to scale)

A MOTLEY PACK - ROYAL EDITION 

FEATURES:

  • A full transformation deck
  • 56 unique cards with 100% custom and hand-drawn artwork
  • Premium Stock (Bee Casino Grade stock which is the highest quality card stock available @ United States Playing Card Company)
  • Embossed linen air cushion finish with performance coating
  • Poker Size (3.5" X 2.5")
  • 52 Cards + 2 Jokers + 2 extra cards
  • Custom tuck case with hand-drawn artwork
  • Made in USA by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC)
  • Reaching the funding goal will ensure a print run of 1000 decks
  • Free shipping to US & lower shipping rate for International backers

ARTWORK

Royal Exhibition Building Card Back (hand-drawn and inspired from chromolithographic prints)
Royal Exhibition Building Card Back (hand-drawn and inspired from chromolithographic prints)

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A MOTLEY PACK - HERITAGE GILDED EDITION 

FEATURES:

  • A full transformation deck
  • 56 unique cards with 100% custom and hand-drawn artwork 
  • The cards have no standard index, especially the spot cards (2 to 10) that are without the number similar to the illustrations in the Original book
  • Poker Size (3.5" X 2.5") 
  • 52 Cards + 2 Jokers + 2 extra cards
  • Elegant tuckbox with embossing & Matte soft touch stock. Letterpress tuckbox stretch goal unlocked now as the we've reached AU$26,000.  
  •  Handnumbered on the tucks for all decks pledged on Kickstarter. Remaining decks will not be numbered. Lower numbers will be allocated to Kickstarter backers with #1 also falling in the kitty of one of the lucky backers. 
  • Inner tuck printing 
  • Gold gilded edges with antique look (similar to Kalevala deck)
  • Reaching the funding goal ensures a print run of 500 decks. 
  • Premium embossed black core European card stock with linen magic finish 
  • Printed by WJPC (same printing company did Bharata Series 2 & Kalevala receiving rave reviews on handling & card stock)
  • Includes free shipping worldwide (and this will be fulfilled through SFC who has fulfilled and shipped all my previous products)
Gold gilded edges with antique look(Kalevala deck). Heritage deck's gilding will look same as above.
Gold gilded edges with antique look(Kalevala deck). Heritage deck's gilding will look same as above.

ARTWORK

                                                        Classic Casino Style back (full bleed)
Classic Casino Style back (full bleed)

ON THE CARDS - LIMITED EDITION (BOOK)

"The dedication is worthy of Mark Twain or any of the other great humorous writers, and we doubt if any of them has hit upon such a quaint conceit."  - The Herald (Melbourne, VIC / Wed 29 Dec, 1875) 

Presenting  "On the Cards" - Kickstarter Exclusive limited edition (with all illustrations in color), the book (120-130 pages, 6" X 9") on 100 GSM Matte Art Paper  which is same as seen on Artbooks with softcover (gold foiled). It will also have gold gilding on the edges of each page. 

This exclusive limited edition book's print run is expected to be 500 if the funding goal is met.   I've hand-typed the whole draft using the copy supplied by the State Library and have even printed a prototype. The only thing left now is formatting & review.

If you'd like to read a sample page from the book, please click here. The Djinn is out of the gin-bottle and is having a conversation with Charley.  

Even if you are not a fan of Pantomimes, as a collector you will still like the book for sure.

To add a book to your pledge, increase your pledge by AU$35 (USD $25) for USA or AU$49 (USD $35) for International.

FEATURES:

  • Reproduction of the original book published in 1875 with illustrations in color
  • Softcover, 6 in X 9 in, 120-130 pages
  • Cover gold foiled & embossed
  • Printed on 100 GSM Matte Art paper which is same as that of premium art books
  • Gold gilded edges
  • This exclusive limited edition book's print run is expected to be 500 (which is the minimum order quantity at the printing vendor) if the funding goal is met
                                                                           Book's mockup
Book's mockup
         Prototype samples for book & decks (Prototype book is printed by Lulu on normal stock)
Prototype samples for book & decks (Prototype book is printed by Lulu on normal stock)

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UNCUT SHEETS

A great piece of Art. Authentic limited edition uncut sheets of playing cards pulled straight off the factory press. Ready to be framed on the wall.  Will be shipped in a sturdy round tube. 

The fulfillment company will take every precaution to safely pack these, however minor scuffs, scratches, or creases may occur at the far edges of the sheets. These blemishes are unavoidable and are usually easily covered after it is framed.

To add uncut sheets to your order, increase your pledge by AU$49 (USD $35) for USA or AU$70 (USD $50) for International. You will specify which uncut(s) you want in the survey at the end of the project or you can message me here as well. 


                                                             Uncut Sheet - Royal Edition
Uncut Sheet - Royal Edition
                                                               Uncut sheet - Heritage Edition
Uncut sheet - Heritage Edition

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SHIPPING

As there are two printing companies involved based out of different countries, I will be using the services of Gamblers Warehouse as well as SFC this time around similar to my previous project (Kalevala). All of my previous projects were fulfilled worldwide by SFC and most of you will remember the Kryptonian bubble wrap packaging on each deck :) and Gamblers Warehouse has fulfilled numerous playing card projects on Kickstarter. Given both's expertise in fulfillment & shipping, I expect the fulfillment experience to be smooth similar to my past projects.

Please note that you will receive the mixed tier decks separately as Royal edition & any associated addon like uncut sheet, book etc. will be sent by GW while Heritage Gilded edition will be sent by SFC. Both  GW & SFC will utilise fully tracked service as I understand tracking is very important to you as backers. 

***Continuing the tradition of low or free shipping as seen in my previous Kickstarter projects, you'll still get to see it here too with the limited edition tiers where heritage edition tier includes free shipping worldwide*** 

Please feel free to PM me for any question related to shipping or fulfillment. 

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE PROJECT? 

Back us. Tell all of your friends to get their own deck/s and the book. Share!

Help us spread the word via the “Share this project” button above.

WHY KICKSTARTER 

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that helps bring creative projects to life. Think of Kickstarter as a place where you can help support a project like this and in return you are offered a series of rewards depending on your pledge. Once you've chosen what type of reward you would like to receive, Kickstarter will ask you to register in order to record your pledge. They will safely set up your payment but you will ONLY be billed at the end of the campaign IF this project reaches its funding goal. Remember, if the project isn't fully funded during our Kickstarter campaign, you won't be charged a dime (and, unfortunately, the decks won't be published). You can always go back and change or cancel your reward level before the campaign ends. You can check more info about it here.

With the funding goal achieved, I will be able to take the idea to production and get these 2 beautifully crafted decks across to all of you out there. Let's make this rarest of the rare & forgotten piece of work a reality. Thank you!

ABOUT GPCC

We're losing our connection to the past. I don't want to document it or even glamorize it. I just want to pay tribute to it.  

Guru Playing Card Company, Melbourne aka GPCC has produced 5 successful kickstarter projects till date with a unique accomplishment of delivering premium quality products to backers across 25 countries with the shortest lead time while maintaining a great connect with backers at every phase of the Kickstarter campaign to production & fulfillment.  I stand behind the production & delivery of the products shown above and I am sure you will be delighted with the outcome. 

While working on digital projects in my other life, it still means so much to have a tangible and crafted item in your hands to marvel at. 

THANKS

Heartfelt thanks to the staff at State Library Victoria, Garrett Long, Simon Wintle, EndersGame, Dominik (Instagram: forest_of_spades) and forum members @ United Cardists who have provided valuable contribution & feedback in the design process leading up to the Kickstarter launch. I don't think I would have been able to launch this on Kickstarter without your key inputs.  

I remember and pay homage to Garnet Walch, Geoffrey Gordon McCray & F.F. Bailliere for creating such an original work of art in the form of the book in 1875. J.K. Moir - Collector par extraordinaire who had donated this book to state library Victoria in 1940 without which I won't have been able to recreate such a rare, forgotten and classic piece which I believe was way ahead of its time when originally published. 


KEEP IN TOUCH

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Risks and challenges

I've successfully produced & fulfilled 5 projects on Kickstarter (Kalevala Playing Cards (inspired from Finland's National Epic), Divine Art Playing Cards - Limited Edition, Bharata Playing Cards, Bharata Tarot Major Arcana, Bharata Playing Cards- Series 2). All of these were delivered to backers way earlier than the estimated date & I am proud to say that my projects on Kickstarter have got one of the shortest lead times in this as well as the whole Games category as such on Kickstarter. This coupled with frequent communication through updates ensure that you as backers are on the journey towards making the project a reality. I'm confident that this project will be able to meet and/or exceed the expectations from backers similar to my past projects.

If there are any speed bumps during production, I will do my very best to communicate with you about what is going on and how I plan to resolve any issues. Risk mitigation while maintaining constant communication with the backers will be my strategy for this project as well.

Note: Presented artwork is subject to minor tweaks and updates. I've already started working with the pre-press coordinator (at the printers) to make sure the design files & artwork is all okay with respect to the production.

The finished product may vary slightly from the art shown here. As it goes through the printing process, minor revisions may need to be made, and I will keep backers informed of such cases.

You, as a backer, are responsible for import duties, VAT or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities in your respective country as well as providing correct address information in the survey after the campaign has ended.

Thanks for visiting the project page. Please feel free to reach out to me for any question.

-Sunish

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