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Tacoma places illustrated by Tacoma artists - all together on a deck of playing cards. Sweet!
Tacoma places illustrated by Tacoma artists - all together on a deck of playing cards. Sweet!
400 backers pledged $21,532 to help bring this project to life.

New Deck of Tacoma Playing Cards (and celebration events!)

As a Kickstarter contributor we were able to create a deck of Tacoma Playing Cards that features 14 local artists illustrating Tacoma’s icons, history and places.  

And because of the popularity of the cards (and your continued support) we were able to create a second (red) deck of Tacoma Playing Cards that will be delivered in late/September – early/October. 

The decks are available for pre-sale through next week ($15) and will be mailed as soon as we receive them from the printer and will then be available throughout town at our retail partners. We wanted to take a moment and invite you to a few events celebrating the project, the artists and the arrival of the second deck of Tacoma Playing Cards. 

Currently on view at the MetroParks STAR Center (3873 S 66th Street) is a selection of original artwork that is featured in the inaugural blue deck of cards. You can stop by anytime to see these wonderful works in person, and are also invited to attend an artist’s reception on Thursday, September 26, 6:30 – 8 pm. (Facebook event page:

Then on Friday, October 4, 6-9 pm at the Old Post Office, 1102 A Street first floor we will have on display all the original artwork featured in the Red Deck of Cards for one-night only. Participating artists will be in attendance, along with beer/wine, playing cards, posters and all-round fun (Facebook Event Page:

We hope to see you at one or both of these events and thanks again for your support! We couldn't have done this without you!!!

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Announcing new deck of Tacoma Playing Cards!

We are so happy to announce the creation of a new Tacoma Deck of Cards!

Through your support through Kickstarter, and the incredible community support that we received through the sale of the cards  we have raised enough funds for the creation of the “Red Deck”!

Fourteen local artists have been invited, are working on their designs. The artists are Rick Matthies, Sean Alexander, Karen Doten, Maria Jost, Chuck Knigge, Noah Struthers, Mary Mann, Jeremy Mangan, Stanley Shaw, Marit Berg, Betty Sapp Ragan, Michaela Eaves, David Boe and Chandler O’Leary. Chandler O’Leary is the artist and designer of the playing card box and back of the cards as well as the only artist that also participated in the inaugural blue deck of cards. 

The estimated delivery of the new deck of cards is mid-October 2013 We wanted you to be the first to know as none of this would have been possible without your support!

On our Tacoma Makes website we set-up pre-sales of the red deck ($15 including shipping) as well as a limited pre-order of an uncut sheet of cards (22” x 26.5” in size) from the US Playing Card Company. An uncut sheet is pulled straight off the printing presses before being cut into a deck and is a unique collector’s item as well as a great way to display all of the cards.    

Additionally much of the original art from the inaugural Blue Tacoma Playing Cards is still available as well as several images that are available for purchase in a giclee fine-art quality print for $40.   

We will be posting images of the new artwork created for the deck as it gets completed both on our website and also on  Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for your support of the Tacoma Playing Cards!  

And thanks to all the folks that told us a red-deck is an absolute necessity for playing Bridge!

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Tacoma Playing Card Rewards Reminder


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Claim your Tacoma Playing Card rewards!

One week ago today we were celebrating the arrival of the Tacoma Playing Cards and this past week we have been working hard to get them into your hands!

We are happy to write this update to let you know that all the rewards have been picked up at the opening party, have been mailed (if postage was added), or are now available at Kings Books ( 218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma) for you to claim. The rewards will be available for pick-up throughout the month of November during open business hours (11 am – 7pm). If you cannot pick-up the rewards you can also purchase shipping:

You are also invited to join us for a special "Game Night" this upcoming Thursday, November 8 at 7pm at Kings Books. There will be tables of different card games (cribbage, thirteen, and of course poker) being played with the Tacoma Playing Cards. We’ll have prizes, munchies, and artists in attendance.  For those folks that wanted posters, our delivery just arrived and the posters will be table prizes throughout the night.

Also note, that the original artwork that is featured on the Tacoma Playing Cards is on display at the Amocat Café through December 1st. It’s amazing to see the art in person and an incredible opportunity to be able to purchase a collectible iconic work by talented Tacoma artists.  Information on all of the artwork is also available on our website.

Please feel free to drop a line if you have any questions or concerns at If you are interested in receiving additional decks, you can purchase through our shop or the fine local retailers listed below. Photos and updates frequently posted on our Facebook page as well.

Thanks for your support to make the Tacoma Playing Cards a reality!!!

Amocat Cafe 625 St. Helen's Tacoma, WA 98402
Artco Crafts 5401-401 6th Avenue Tacoma, WA 98406
Hello Cupcake 1740 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402
Kings Bookstore 218 St Helens Ave Tacoma, WA 98402
LeMay - America's Car Museum 2702 East D. Street Tacoma, WA 98421

LeMay Family Collection Foundation at  Marymount 325 152nd ST E Tacoma, WA 98445
Old Milwaulkee Café 3102 – 6th Ave Tacoma, WA
Pacific Northwest Shop 2702 North Proctor Street Tacoma, WA. 98407-5228
Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402
Throwing Mud Gallery 2212 North 30th Street Tacoma, WA 98403
University of Puget Sound Bookstore 1500 N Lawrence Tacoma, WA 98416 -1038
University of Washington Bookstore 1754 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402
Watermark Gifts 1115 A St Tacoma, WA - 98402-5003

The Tacoma Playing Cards have arrived!

The Tacoma Playing Cards have arrived! Your support through Kickstarter made the Tacoma Playing Cards to be a reality! Thank you so much! We’ll be celebrating and distributing rewards on Friday, October 26, 7-9 pm at Amocat Café.

Come one, come all! 

 If you can’t make the festivities, you are invited to join the fun (and pick up rewards) at Game Night at Kings Books on Thursday, November 8 at 7 pm. Kings Books will serve as the distribution location for all of the rewards for the remainder of the month (through December 1). 

 If you signed up to have the rewards mailed, they will go out USPS the first week of November. 

If you’d prefer to have these mailed to you, but didn’t sign up during the Kickstarter campaign you can purchase through our website: 

• $20 - $50 Level Supporters: Local pick-up or $2 U.S. shipping, $4 for Canada, $7 for international shipping. 
• $75+ Level Supporters: Local pick-up or $5 U.S. shipping, $8 for Canada, $12 for international shipping (this includes shipment of a poster) 

Following the event tomorrow night, all the original artwork will be for sale (information available here: -- currently password protected) 

Please feel free to contact us ( if you have any questions or concerns and see you on Friday night!