Family owned and operated Collectable Playing Cards has been around for quite some time. The online retailer carries everything from Magic to Playing Cards and accessories.

CPC (Collectable Playing Cards) has also developed a very strong Custom Playing Card following, producing decks ranging from fun and unique to elegant. With a very successful run of Kickstarter projects, CPC is now bringing a new exclusive to the playing card community...The 1000 Deck Club.

The 1000 Deck Club will feature ONLY decks produced in limited runs of approx. 1000 decks, the inaugural release is the Crystallum Deck, a custom deck developed by CPC in house and depicts a crystal design concept.



The 1000 Deck Club is estimating 6-8 projects per year exclusively for the club and will have a limited purchase quantity of only 6 decks of any one given release per member. These exclusive decks will only be available to CPC Club Members.



CPC Club Memberships start at $14.95 per year, which includes access to the 1000 Deck Club.

CPC also offers a variety of other decks, from the well over a dozen successful in house projects to other popular industry designers and brands. The retailer also sells magic and accessories to cater to all your playing card needs.  

As an added incentive for our readers, we have our usual "Kardify" coupon code that can be used at checkout to receive 10% OFF your entire order, as well as a special CPC Club Membership discount. Use coupon code "kad10" to receive $10.00 OFF any CPC membership!

This means you can sign up for a CPC Membership for as low as $4.95!

We wish CPC continued success and are looking forward to the second deck to be added to the 1000 Deck club sometime in November!

Vistit Collectable Playing Cards and take advantage of the savings!


REMINDER!
Don't forget to keep an eye out for the Kardify/CPC Monthly Deck Display Giveaway starting October 1st on the Kardifys Facebook page!







With the increased interest in crowd-funded playing card projects particularly on Kickstarter, we are publishing a monthly tracking report as part of our popular Analytics series. The goal is to give an analytical insight into the month-on-month performance of projects and how these numbers are tracking cumulatively year-to-date.

Interestingly, August seem to have mirrored the benchmark shape from last year. The number of successful projects have decreased this month, breaking the momentum from the previous months. Backers continue be selective with the projects pledged. The year-to-date (YTD) numbers continue to surpass 2013 numbers. The chart below describes how 2014 is tracking against the numbers from 2013 as benchmark.



Playing Card Projects 


The number of unsuccessful projects remained constant at around 20% in August while % of successful projects ended with a low of 20%.

Here is what July looks like in numbers:



Relatively quiet month in August with the exception of 26th August where six projects were launch at the same time.



Here's a look at how projects performed over the month, largely unchanged from last month.


Funding


A total of $559k was raised by all projects in August, marginally higher that July's number of $553k.



Here is a look at the top 5 most funded playing cards:


The top 5 successful playing cards projects for the month contributed a whopping 82% to the overall funding of successful projects!

The average YTD funding goal of successful project remained stable at around $10.1k.


Backers 


This month, approximately 12.3k backers were recorded across all projects. The average pledge per backer for successful projects continue to decrease. This month it stands at $50.92.

Line chart below is a month-on-month comparison for 2014 with the 2013 curve used as benchmark. It is interesting to note that there is an uptick in the average spent per backer from July to August continuing the higher $/backer trend from last month. Backers continue to be selective with their pledges.



Top 5 funded Projects by backer numbers below:



Launched Projects 


Here are the top 10 most funded projects launched in August:


From the numbers this month, backers continue to be selective with the projects they back. This is evident from the number of successful projects in August and the high $/backer spent on successful projects. Things will definitely pick up in September with the conclusion of a number of big name projects.


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Designed by world-class artist Karina Eibatova and produced by LUX Playing Cards,  Aves is a beautiful deck of playing cards inspired by birds from all over the world. These fine art playing cards were hand drawn before being turned into digital art prior to being transformed into gorgeous playing cards.

Each individual cards is a work of art by itself and these 56 custom cards are amazingly detailed and meticulously illustrated by hand. The card back features feathers from many bird types tied together with a beautiful, one of a kind coordination. With this colourful and intricate design, the cards will be perfect for fans and even eye-catching enough for cardistry.

We managed to have a quick chat with Bryan Sloan of LUX Playing Cards about his interest in playing cards, the artist and inspiration behind the Aves deck and his thoughts about the growth of crowd-funded playing cards.



Can you tell us about yourself and your interest in playing cards?
I love many of the custom decks that have been released recently. There is a fine line between a “good” deck and an amazing deck. It’s important that unique design elements are added to each deck to give people something new. I’m not interested in producing something that’s already been developed. Each new deck idea needs to be creative and unique.  

Please describe the Aves Bird deck and why you’re passionate about it?
The Aves Bird deck is really unique in that it is more of a fine art deck. Many decks we see now are not just “graphic design” decks, but revolve around a specific theme. It’s amazing to see some of the wonderful art by many different artists. The first time I saw the illustrations for this Aves Bird deck, I knew it was special, so I wanted to help develop it.


Stunning artwork! Can you tell me more about the artist for this deck?
Karina Eibatova is the artist for this deck, and her illustrations and designs speak for themselves. She has clients literally all over the world, from luxury hotels in Barcelona to the Sunday New York Times (USA), Wired Magazine (England), Iloveyou Magazine (Berlin, Germany), Monsterthreads (Sydney, Australia), Atlantic Records (USA), and others who appreciate her work. I’m glad I was able to work with her to bring the designs to playing card enthusiasts and art collectors at this point in her brilliant young career.


What was your most brilliant breakthrough when designing a card deck?
For some of the playing card decks that are currently in the works, I’ve taken things that I’m passionate about and found a way to incorporate that theme into a new deck of cards. An idea can strike at any time, so I find myself rushing to write down thoughts and concepts that will work. I’ll say that character placement is important, and I’m looking forward to the fruition of a couple of decks that are in their completion stages.


This is your second Kickstarter project. What are a few key elements and principles you incorporated into your projects that you think future Kickstarter creators could benefit from knowing?
I think it’s important to stay focused on the main theme of the cards, and to stay true to your vision. With a fine art deck like this, I was happy to include the original art as part of this Kickstarter campaign, as it enables art enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to own something that is truly one of a kind. Being able to display original art in your home is rare, especially when the material has become so popular.

What are your thoughts about the continuous strong growth of playing card projects on Kickstarter?
I think the art form of playing cards will continue to evolve. From simple decks to more elaborate art, to the tuck cases becoming more complex, there is a lot that has changed. Collectors and enthusiasts can continue to be more selective in what they choose to buy. With so many card projects being launched, only the highest quality decks will become funded. It’s nice to see the interest and passion for playing cards increasing, as it’s a favorite pastime for many people. The technological advances in the last year alone are amazing, as it deals with what can be done to the actual card and the tuck cases.


Finally, what are your favourite playing card decks?
Wow, what a tough question. There are different reasons why I like different card decks. One of my favorite tuck cases is Whispering Imps. I love the red embossing on black paper. Theory11’s Monarchs tuck is pretty outstanding. Kings Wild’s “The Crown” deck is fantastic. I’m a fan of the subtle background in the cards, as well as the art and pip layout. I’m really looking forward to seeing Jody Eklund’s Golden Spike cards in the near future. The detail on the portraits looked amazing. Anything by Lorenzo Gaggiotti is going to be stellar. His Heretic deck was a great concept, and the design detail is unbelievable in everything he does. Dan and Dave’s Stranger & Stranger Ultimate Deck is another that I can appreciate; the sheer magnitude of variance in the art is phenomenal. As for playability, I love Tally-Ho.

Thanks for your time, Bryan and congratulations! At the time of writing, the project is 218% funded with 8 days to go. If want to support the Aves playing cards, you can find it on Kickstarter here

Pledge starts from $12 and the deck will be printed by the USPCC. There are multiple add-ons available such as uncut sheets, art prints, deck holder and wooden coin.


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Masterfully designed by Daniel Kroemer,  the 1910 Brew House Playing Cards is a beer themed deck of cards inspired by vintage beer ads, artwork from signs and brewery glasswares.
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We asked Daniel how he came up with the idea,

“I've always loved beer advertising. Fuel was added to that fire even more when I began working at The Design Pub. I've collected old beer memorabilia for quite some time now, along with signs and brewery glassware. A little fun fact about myself is that I have a collection of over 1,000 different glasses from all over the world, all because I love the artwork involved with each of them. I noticed a lack of any classy beer related playing card deck on the market so it seemed like an opportunity to create my own."

The 1910 Brew House Playing Cards will be launching in the next few days on Kickstarter. Don't miss out!

To keep up to date, follow Daniel Kroemer on Instagram.




The long awaited release of David Blaine's Gatorbacks did not disappoint. The foiled and embossed custom tuck box and design work by long time Blaine collaborator Mark Stutzman produced a truly beautiful and functional deck of playing cards. Metallic inks were used throughout the deck and familiar Blaine court cards return on this deck which was produced by the USPCC.

The deck also features a custom Ace of Spades depicting an alligator rising out of the water to in an attempt to catch a bird. Also in the deck are two custom Jokers, one with an alligator and one with a young girl walking an alligator on a leash. It's been assumed the alligator is David's pet alligator and the young girl is a depiction of his daughter.

The Original Gatorback release sold out within hours to both fan fair and a bit of controversy. When visiting David Blaine's shop, there is a Black backed version of the Gatorback's that still says "Coming Soon", so the assumptions been made that another version will be released in time.

Overall the Gatorbacks have become a "Must Have" by many playing card aficionados. Available from JP Playing Cards. Use the code KARDIFY10 during check-out to get 10% off for orders over £50.

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