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Hey gang,

Just a quick heads-up that my pal's Kevin Reylek and Ben Kolozsi[/b] have teamed up again to produce two new versions of Choice Playing Cards Read on!

Choice Cloverback Playing Cards Designed by Ben Kolozsi

A beautiful update to the Choice lineup featuring 2 new colors - Classic Red and Casino Brown.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT...

In 2016 Penguin teamed up with Ben Kolozsi for a new version of Choice playing cards. Simply called "Blue Choice" they were a hit! They sold out quickly and these days the originals sell for high rates on eBay. We have constantly gotten requests from magicians, cardists, and collectors from around the world to print a new version.

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In creating this New Edition, we didn't want to just change the color - we wanted to make the deck perfect. It was already close, but we've tweaked the design to be perfectly symmetrical, and to blend the various elements together even more seamlessly. This tribute to one of the most popular and hard-to-find deck designs is better than ever.

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We tested a lot of colors, and at the end of the day red felt like the most appropriate followup to the Blue deck. We're printing these Cloverbacks in a Classic Red Pantone that will be familiar to all lovers of playing cards.

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The Blue Choice were hailed for their amazing handling and these new Cloverbacks are no exception! They will be printed by USPCC on a thin-crush Classic Paper that is a delight to use - the cards feel broken-in straight out of the box! If you've felt the Blue Choice or our Bicycle® Elite Edition Cards, you know how great these will feel! Of course, all of the cards come packaged in a classic tuck box.

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Like the Blue Choice Cardsbefore them, the new Choice Cloverbacks will include 3 Jokers with the Choice Clover Logo and a custom Ace of Spades.

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Each deck includes a blank-faced card that can be used for magic tricks or as a cut card during games. The faces use the classic Arrco design, for a familiar yet vintage vibe that makes the deck stand out but is still playable and performable.

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We also wanted to do something special to really follow the vintage inspiration of the decks, so in addition to the Classic Red we are also going to make a limited run of Casino Brown Cloverbacks!

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NOTE: THE BROWN DECKS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED 1,000 DECKS AND ARE ONLY AVAILABLE IN PLEDGE TIERS - NO ADD-ONS!

Only 900 Brown Decks are available via pledge tiers. With any print run at US Playing Card, there may be a slight over or under-run. Just in case there is an under-run, only 900 decks will be made available during this Kickstarter. The Red Decks will be a one-time-only print run, but are not limited to a specific number at this time.

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We have just a couple of stretch goals. At $13,000 we will add a custom tuck seal to the Casino Brown Decks. At $14,000 we will add a custom seal to the Classic Red Decks. We may unveil some other stretch goals as the campaign progresses, so stay tuned!

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Our add-ons for this campaign are simple. You can add-on additional Classic Red Decks only. You can add as many singles as you like, or add-on "bricks" of a dozen (12 decks). To add-on, just over-pledge by the amount desired. ( IE, if you have pledged for a 2-deck Casino Brown tier and want to add 2 Red decks, take the amount of your pledge for your country, then add the cost of 2 add-on Classic Red decks to your core pledge and that is your total).

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We will be using BackerKit to facilitate the add-on and survey process. Smile

RISKS AND CHALLENGES

We have a close relationship with USPCC and designer Ben Kolozsi, so we expect no issues with the design or printing of the decks. Because the decks do not use any unusual materials or processes, the printing should be very straightforward.

The artwork is complete and has already been submitted to the factory for approval. Any unexpected problems will be dealt with swiftly and we will always provide progress updates to our backers.

At Penguin we have produced and shipped over a dozen different deck designs, including 2 successful Kickstarter campaigns. We have learned from our past campaigns and have a great understanding of each phase of the process. We have been in business for nearly 15 years and have our own dedicated warehouse and shipping team, which means we have the resources and experience to ship your pledge rewards quickly, accurately, and with care.

Thanks for supporting our project! Smile

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