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The 12 Most Funded Playing Card Projects on Kickstarter


The custom playing cards market has boomed over the past year, investment in crowd-funded decks have surged and new designs and concepts are pushing the boundaries of the simple constraints of one tuck x four suits x thirteen cards.

There’s no doubt that crowdfunding has had an impact on the playing cards industry. For those unfamiliar with crowdfunding, in a nutshell, is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money (backers) to support projects initiated by other people or companies. The pool is used as capital for products and/or services offered as rewards to backers- only if the funding goal is achieved. Each project has a variety of different pledge options (reward tiers) where larger pledge are rewarded with increasing incentives.

Kickstarter has been the most popular platform for crowdfunding playing card projects. In this "Top 12", we’ve collated 12 of the most funded playing card projects on Kickstarter to date.


12. Black Mint


The Black Mint Playing Cards are designed for the workers. These playing cards provide a merger of form and function. The elegant back design is aesthetically appealing to the eye without attracting any unwanted attention, and yet mask an incredibly intuitive marking system for the clever magician to take advantage of. The Black Mint deck will be printed by the United States Playing Card Co. on the highest quality card stock and expected to ship to backers June 2016.

Funded on: March 2nd, 2016
Total funded: $125,808
Total backers: 2,140


11. The Princess Bride

From Albino Dragon, this playing card deck is themed after the 80's cult classic The Princess Bride. The campaign consists of 3 unique decks, each richly illustrated by a different artist. Each deck features intricately designed backs and court cards with characters based on The Princess Bride.

Funded on: November 26th, 2013
Total funded: $136,009
Total backers: 2,525


10. MISC Goods


Launched on Kickstarter in 2012 to unprecedented success - first playing card project to hit the $100k mark. A fully custom designed deck by Tyler Deeb. Stunning design, beautiful artwork - a 10,000 print run at The United States Playing Card Co. Each deck is numbered by hand.

Funded on: November 1st, 2012
Total funded: $146,596
Total backers: 4,022


9. 3D Metal


Back in 2013, designer Dale Mathis broke new ground with this unique eye-catching deck of playing cards. Dale has designed a clockwork-like contraption that is complete with movable gears and a mechanical card frame to this unique eye-catching tuck case. Inside, the cards are printed by the United States Playing Card on standard Bicycle playing card stock and embossed finish.

Funded on: November 16th, 2013
Total funded: $148,637
Total backers: 1,226


8. Federal 52 


Designed by Jackson Robinson of Kings Wild Project, the Federal 52 is the original deck released in the Federal 52 series. Inspired by modern U.S. bank notes, this deck features new, hand-drawn renditions of the presidents and other key figures found on U.S. currency. The deck features an embossed tuck box with green foil seals, Bee casino stock & magic finish. Winner of United Cardists Deck of the Year Award 2013, six categories including Deck of the Year.

Funded on: April 22nd, 2013
Total funded: $149,156
Total backers: 2,798


7. Muertos - Day of the Dead


One of the most successful deck in 2014, Muertos is an original set of playing cards designed by Steve Minty. It is independently crafted and honors the holiday that celebrates life and death; Dia De Los Muertos. The Muertos deck takes the classic aesthetics of Dia De Los Muertos and is updated with the tradition of playing and my experiences growing up. It depicts the social classes and history of the culture while simultaneously giving off a contemporary elegant luxurious feel. Printed by the United States Playing Card Co.

Funded on: July 20th, 2014
Total funded: $159,706
Total backers: 2,793


6. The Apothecary 2


The beautiful Apothecary 2 Playing Cards are meticulously designed by Alex Chin of Seasons Playing Cards. Both Verana Virtues, and Seronda Sentiment playing cards are based on the idea of capturing these invisible concepts like a feeling, or an idea, and then transforming them into very real items.

Funded on: February 18th, 2018
Total funded: $184,339
Total backers: 2,348


5. Federal 52 Part 2


The high-anticipated follow up to the Original Federal 52 campaign. The Federal 52 Part II campaign consists of a total of 6 decks. The deck includes branded and unbranded version of the Silver Certificate, the White Reserve Note, and the Black Reserve Note.

Funded on: July 25th, 2013
Total funded: $188,005
Total backers: 2,705


4. Arcana


The most funded deck of 2015, Arcana Playing cards blend the traditions of standard playing cards with the secrets of the Tarot. This stunning deck is intricately illustrated by Chris Ovdiyenko. The royals are illustrated with an unprecedented amount of detail in an engraved style. Elements in the deck include 12 uniquely crafted Courts and Aces, 4 Major Arcana cards (The Fool, The Lovers, Death, and The Tower), and standard pip number cards. Also, Arcana features a natural pearlized tuck, with embossing and a luxurious blue foil on the tuck interior.

Funded on: February 10th, 2015
Total funded: $190,592
Total backers: 3,199


3. Mint 2


MINT 2 Playing Cards are a follow-up to the popular Launch Edition MINTs. The new decks come with a new enhanced design and fresh new flavors- the Standard Edition Blueberry MINT, and the Limited Edition Frost Mint. Both decks feature a refined card stock for optimal handling, MAJOR improvements to the MINT marking system and slight enhancement to the back design pattern for a cleaner look.

Funded on: July 31st, 2018
Total funded: $564,565
Total backers: 5.671


2. The Name of the Wind


Funded in 2013, this is Albino Dragon's take on Patrick Rothfuss's award-winning novel, The Name of the Wind. The team worked closely with Patrick to create a deck that is as much a work of art as it is an homage to his amazing literary work. Beautifully illustrated by Shane Tyree.

Funded on: July 13th, 2013
Total funded: $589,660
Total backers: 11,332


1. The Name of the Wind Art Deck


The Name of the Wind Art Deck by Elodin Enterprises is a beautiful deck of cards meticulously hand-illustrated by fantasy artist, Echo Chernik. The decks feature characters from The Name of the Wind, the first Kingkiller Chronicle novel. Author Pat Rothfuss and Echo have been fans of each others' work for ages, and while they've brushed up against each other before, this is the first time they've been able to team up to bring something beautiful into the world. Printed by Expert Playing Card Co.

Funded on: September 16th, 2017
Total funded: $630,300
Total backers: 10,090

The 12 Most Funded Playing Card Projects on Kickstarter Reviewed by Ivan Choe on 8/01/2018 Rating: 5

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