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Federal 52 Part 2 - A NEW Bicycle Playing Card Deck.

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Jackson Robinson

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A NEW Bicycle Playing Card Deck designed by Jackson Robinson inspired by US bank notes and currency.
Backers: 2705
Average Pledge Per Backer: $70

Funded: $188,005 of $16,000
Dates: Jun 15th -> Jul 25th (40 days)
Project By: Jackson Robinson
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Latest News

Final Stretch Goal Change!

July 25th - via:
In response to many comments, I have made a slight change to the final $200K stretch goal.  If we break $200K I will: 1. Include the diptych joker in the LE Reserve Note Deck 2. Make the 18 x 24 inch screen printed poster of the same image... (Read More)

Final Hours, Final Stretch Goal, Final Cross Plug

July 25th - via:
Wow you guys have been incredible! Thank you again for all of your support! For the final stretch goal. If we can break $200K! 1. The Limited Edition Reserve Note Deck will have a new unique double joker design. This design will be an epic two card... (Read More)

Home Stretch! Queen of Diamonds!

July 24th - via:
Home StretchHey everybody! You guys are doing awesome! Thank you so much for you incredible support and encouragement. We are headed into the final hours now, so lets spread the road. Please post a link to the project on your facebooks, twitters, and... (Read More)

The Secret to Running a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

July 24th - via:
What is the difference between a successful Kickstarter campaign and one that isn’t? Jackson Robinson seems to be the right person to answer that question. (Read More)

Ace of Clubs! Backerkit

July 21st - via:
Here is the newest card, the Ace of Clubs. Click here for higher res image Introducing BackerkitBecause we are coming close to the end of the project I just wanted to start getting all you guys familiar with Backerkit. Backerkit is an awesome post... (Read More)

All Federal 52 2 Inch Dealer Coins Now available to add on!

July 20th - via:
I'm excited to say thank you so much for your incredible support! We just broke $160K Starting now ALL 4 of the Federal 52 2 Inch dealer coins are now available to add on to your existing pledges.  Add $15 / $17 International per coin All 4 coins... (Read More)

Reserve Note Ace of Hearts

July 20th - via:
Here is the latest card, Reserve Note Ace of Hearts. Be sure and "like" the Kings Wild Project Facebook page to be kept up to date with everything that is going on with KWP. Click here... (Read More)

Latin Suite Names, $160K Stretch Goal Update!

July 18th - via:
My good friend Thad, who has been helping me as an editor for the Federal 52 Part I & II, also has been my Latin research King. One of his multiple majors was Latin and I set him to the task of finding me the historically accurate translation for... (Read More)

Reserve Note Ace of Spades!

July 16th - via:
Here it is, the Reserve Note Ace of Spades! I'm really excited about this card. It has taken me while to wrap this card up. I think I probably scrapped it like three times and started from scratch. I wanted this Ace to be very different than the... (Read More)

Jack of Hearts - William H. Seward

July 13th - via:
The Jack of Hearts features a portrait of William H. Seward, and is found on the Series 1891 $50 note. William H. Seward was the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. A determined opponent of the spread of slavery... (Read More)

Queen of Hearts!

July 12th - via:
The queen of hearts pictures a very unique portrait. The engraving found on a Series 661 1950 $1 Military Payment Certificate is that of the Ancient Alexandrian female philosopher Hypatia, by a Victorian artist Alfred Seifert. Click Here for Higher... (Read More)

New Commemorative Poker Chips now available!

July 10th - via:
Commemorative Poker ChipsI decided to release these a little early and give us a little boost of energy. These are the final three commemorative Poker chips. These are similar to the poker chip designs that will be available in the future poker chip... (Read More)

Silver Certificate Ace of Spades

July 8th - via:
Silver Certificate Ace of Spades Click here for higher res  (Read More)

Jack of Clubs! Time-Lapse! New Stretch Goals!

July 7th - via:
First off, you guys are awesome! James Madison / Jack of Clubs The Jack of Clubs features a portrait of James Madison found on the Series 1934 $5000 Note. The $5000 Note was the only bank note the ever featured Mr. Madison.  Click here for higher... (Read More)

Stickers Unlocked! The Man Pack

July 6th - via:
Stickers Unlocked!Thank you everybody for all of your awesome support, without you none of this would be possible. After counting the votes the Federal 52 Seal has won. Every backer that is receiving any physical reward from the project will also... (Read More)

Beautiful Fascinators Take 2!

July 5th - via:
I posted an update plugging this awesome campaign ealier in the project but wanted to do so again.  This project is to help support the Art program at Title One School that has an yearly art budget of $1.50 per student. Art and Art departments are a... (Read More)

Jack of Diamonds! Happy 4th of July!

July 4th - via:
Jack of DiamondsIn 1896 3 bank notes were created that are considered to be the most beautiful and some of the most prized US notes ever. These series of three notes have become known as the "Educational Notes". Each note depicts various allegorical... (Read More)

Medallion! New Coin Cover Add on!

July 3rd - via:
I received the medallion this morning that I will be inlaying into the deck cases. The quality and detail of the coin completely blew me away. I had to search through about 7 different companies to find one that could make a real 3D relief medallion... (Read More)

The Federal 52 Strong Box!

July 2nd - via:
You only thought today was going to be a quite! One of the most exciting aspects of Kickstarter is being able to connect with other creative people that you can collaborate with to create awesome rewards. I have had the idea to create a safe like or... (Read More)

Next Stretch Goal!

July 1st - via:
Hey guys! Thank you so much for your incredible support. I've been getting tons of request to do stickers as a stretch goal and as always I am happy to abide to your wishes. The next stretch goal will be unlocked at $145,000. This is how this next... (Read More)

King of Diamonds!

June 29th - via:
Thank you! Stretch Goal UpdateFirst off, I am blown away at how amazing you guys are. Just to answer the question that everyone has been asking me, yes, I am currently working on some new stretch goals. I'm still ironing out some details before I am... (Read More)

Wooden Card Cases Unlocked!

June 28th - via:
Federal 52 Card Cases UNLOCKED! You guys are AWESOME! I am happy to announce that the hand made Federal 52 Wooden cases have been unlocked. There is a ton of info I need to get across so I'll make this short and sweet.... (Read More)

Silver Certificate Jokers! Whispering Imps' Final Days!

June 28th - via:
Silver Certificate JokersThe Jokers of each deck have been so awesome to design. They are my chance to do pretty much whatever I feel like. The jokers are also one of the main ways that I make each deck in the Federal 52 series unique (because each... (Read More)

Deck Case Update! Calaveras Playing Cards!

June 27th - via:
Hey guys! Just wanted to give you a few updates and important info about the Federal 52 Deck Cases. As of now we have 16 "Black" Limited Edition Reserve Note decks still unreleased. If and when we break $125K I will send out another update with... (Read More)

Queen of Spades! Spades!

June 25th - via:
Just like with the first project the hardest part was to find great portraits of female figures. Although many don't exist on major bank notes many exist on Military Payment Certificates. Military Payment Certificates are bank notes issued in times... (Read More)

Jack of Spades!

June 24th - via:
Reserve Note Jack of SpadesThe Jack of Spades for the Reserve Note deck features a portrait of William P. Fessenden. Fessenden served under President Abraham Lincoln as the United States Secretary of the Treasury. It was during this period that some... (Read More)

Brick Boxes Unlocked! New Stretch Goals!

June 23rd - via:
BRICK BOX UNLOCKED!110K DONE! Thank you guys for your awesome support!  The Federal 52 custom brick boxes have now been unlocked! Add $20 / $33 International to your pledge per box.Brick boxes DO NOT include any decks. New Stretch Goals! Hand made... (Read More)

King of Hearts! Brick Box Pictures.

June 22nd - via:
Naturally I have a soft spot for President Andrew Jackson. The crazy and eccentric president was on more bank notes than just the $20. Known for his crazy white house parties and his role in the War of 1812, Jackson seemed like a good fit to be the... (Read More)

Federal 52 Part 2. A talented machine to make cards about money and money about cards

June 22nd - via:
It’s almost impossible not to remember the Federal 52 project, one of the most successful of the year. I had the opportunity to interview its creator, Jackson Robinson, during the campaign. (Read More)

Kickstarter Project: Federal 52 Releases Black Back For Limited Edition Reserve Note Deck

June 21st - via:
t is no secret that Jackson Robinson’s Federal 52 is one of the summer’s hottest playing card projects. In fact, it might just be the hottest of the entire year. Since the launch of Federal 52 Part II last Saturday (6/15), backers and funds just keep going up and up. And with that, the project just keeps getting better and better. When the Limited Edition Reserve Note deck was first announced there was chatter about the actual cards – “How and will they be different from the unlimited Reserve Note deck?” However, Jackson quickly calmed down the horde of supporters and let everyone know that the only difference with the Limited Edition and the unlimited decks would be the actual tuck case or box. Until now…. (Read More)

Money makes Money and that's Money

June 21st - via:
Jackson Robinson does good work. His last Kickstarter project, an amazing hand-drawn card deck inspired by money, finished with $149,156, and, as promised during that campaign, he's launched a sequel to that project. (Read More)


June 20th - via:
First off I'm sorry for being such a dork! I said "I'm Pumped" 12 times in the video. :P >>>>>>Click here to see the new Black Reserve Note Back Design<<<<<<< 1. "Black" Reserve Note Poster Now Available! ... (Read More)

Only the tip of the ICE berg! Huge news to come!

June 20th - via:
When I first embarked on this journey, on the ship the S. S. Federal 52 I I "only thought!" I loved currency. But as over 250+ hours passed designing the Federal 52 and the Gold Certificate, My love and passion for the this art form grew into... (Read More)

Federal 52 I Part 2

June 20th - via:
Following the success of the original Federal 52 deck, designer Jackson Robinson is back with new additions to the series. The Reserve Note deck, the Silver Certificate deck, and the very limited edition, black Reserve Note deck. The decks were promised to backers after the original deck was funded in the first 24 hours, so here they are. (Read More)

King of Clubs

June 19th - via:
Click here for higher res image Click here for higher res image One of the most enjoyable parts of these projects is being able to bring you guys along, and include you in the creative process. I happy release the first new court card, the King of... (Read More)

Beautiful Fascinators!

June 18th - via:
One of the most enjoyable parts about being a creator is that you have the ability to help other creators realize there dreams. I found (and backed) an awesome project called Beautiful Fascinators. This project is to help support the Art program at... (Read More)

First Stretch Goal! "Black" Reserve Note Screen Printed Poster.

June 17th - via:
I can't begin to explain how floored I am at the incredible response. Your excitement is one of the most rewarding parts about the creative process.  I wasn't expecting to start releasing the Stretch goals so early so I'm having to play a little... (Read More)

How to manage your pledge, and add, add ons.

June 16th - via:
Once again guys thank you so much for your incredible support! The progress is absolutely face melting. I've been getting a ton of questions from backers who are new to Kickstarter. So I made this quick video on how to manually manage your pledge to... (Read More)

Federal 52 Part 2 playing cards now on Kickstarter

June 16th - via:
I’ve become very weary of Kickstarter projects lately, but Jackson Robinson seems to deliver (remember his first project – Federal 52?). Here’s the 2nd part of his gorgeous Federal 52 playing card project, inspired by currency design. (Read More)

WOW! First of many updates!

June 15th - via:
Thank you! I can't even begin to explain how incredibly blown away I am at the positive response. Thank you guys! For all of my repeat backers this will come as no surprise but for the new backers welcome to the beginning of a exciting journey. I've... (Read More)

Kickstarter Project: Jackson Robinson Launches Federal 52 Part II Playing Card Project, Reaches Goal Within Minutes

June 15th - via:
Jackson Robinson, creator of the Federal 52 playing card project, launched part II of the Federal 52 Playing Card Series today (12pm pacific time) on Kickstarter after a month of teasers. At launch the funding instantly took off and successfully reached goal after being live for less than 20 minutes (18min 42sec to be exact). Federal 52 Part II includes the Silver Certificate deck (Bicycle Branded and Unbranded) and the Reserve Note deck (Bicycle branded and Unbranded) that was first introduced during part I of the project but never released. The project also includes the Limited Edition Reserve Note deck which was unveiled shortly after plans for Part II were released. (Read More)

Kickstart Project: Federal 52 Reserve Note Tuck Case, Q&A With Jackson Robinson

May 21st - via:
Federal 52 Part 2 is approaching quickly. In mid-June Jackson Robinson will open the gates to the highly anticipated second part of the Federal 52 Playing Card Series. I spoke with Jackson this week and was given the images containing the Reserve Note tuck case design. (Read More)

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