Founders Playing Cards are an independently created and crafted American deck, honoring twelve of the most inspiring & influential founders of the modern day United States, designed in a neoclassical style reminiscent of architectural, monumental & engraving work from the documents & currency of United States' history.
Currently a Kickstarter project, the The Department of Design has exceeded it's funding goal of $13k and it is not hard to see why. The cards are beautifully designed and a lot of thought has been put into the concept and the development of the deck. For example, the classical world of pre-America used each suit to represent a different social class. The Founders deck is structured on a model using these classical archetypes of Nobility (Spades), Clergy (Hearts), The People (Clubs), and Merchants (Diamonds). Each Founder is seen brandishing their own unique element, representative of their role as a founder and the legacy they have left behind as our inheritance.
There are two unique Jokers, featuring Uncle Sam carrying the Stars & Stripes in flight upon his Eagle, while clutching a banner bearing the latin phrase ‘Annuit Cœptis’ (He favors our undertakings). One card views this scene from a distance, while the other is simply a close up on Uncle Sam’s face and crops the background. These cards come packaged in a red, white & blue embossed box featuring gold foil accents, and a red tax stamp seal.
The Department of Design plan to release further editions such as Red, White & Blue Inaugural Editions, a Greenback Edition (with Engraved Face Cards & Green Backs), and an Executive Edition (a Blue & Gold luxury set).
The first deck is due out to the backers on July 2013.