​The 12 Most Funded Kickstarter Playing Cards Campaigns Ever

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​The 12 Most Funded Kickstarter Playing Cards Campaigns Ever

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 pledges 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. Black Mint, The Princess Bride and MISC Goods have dropped outside the Top12. Joining the list are Bitcoin, Parlour and Jerry's Nugget Reprint Playing Cards.

12. 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

11. 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

10. The Parlour

The Parlour Playing Cards is a collaboration between Lorenzo Gaggioti of Stockholm17 and the Gentleman Wake. These exquisite deck playing cards are inspired by the age-old and admired decks. The Parlour features fully custom card backs, Ace of Spades, jokers and improved semi-custom court cards meticulously crafted by Lorenzo. Printed by Cartamundi and tucks by printed by Oath Playing Cards on deep navy blue, wine red, and black colored premium paper stock, with embossed metallic foil in red/blue/black and gold.

Funded on: May 16th, 2019
Total funded: $151,484
Total backers: 1,697

9. Bitcoin

A collab between Andrei Jikh, Patrick Kun and designer Billy French. Every aspect of this stunning deck is designed to mirror the Bitcoin currency - the value, the look, the feel, and ultimately - the story. Three decks were offered during the campaign, Black (standard), White (limited) and Green (KS exclusive) colorway. All three decks feature custom Ace of Spades, Jokers, and card backs. The court cards, however, are kept largely the same as standard Bicycle faces but with gold metallic ink as accents! Printed by Legends on the brand new soft Stud Paper with Cardistry Finish.

Funded on: October 21st, 2018
Total funded: $154,611
Total backers: 1,286

8. 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

7. 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

6. 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

5. 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

4. Jerry's Nugget Reprint

After years of Pursuit, Bill Kalush of Expert Playing Card Co. obtained an exclusive license from Jerry's Nugget Casino to print the iconic cards! This is the first official jerry's Nugget Decks in almost 50 years. These decks are not meant to be replicas of the original Jerry's. Due to changes in card stock, printing process, etc.. it is impossible to copy the original deck exactly. In honor of the decks' roots, the new Jerry's are printed at USPCC, the original printer of the Jerry's Nugget Deck in 1970. This time, it is printed on crushed Premium Stock and as such, has a different feel than the originals.  

Funded on: July 31, 2019
Total funded: $447,229
Total backers: 4,094

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 Kickstarter Playing Cards Campaigns Ever Reviewed by Ivan on 1/16/2020 Rating: 5

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