Founders Playing Cards

A project in Washington, DC by The Department of Design

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Founders are an original set of American playing cards created by the Department of Design and printed by the US Playing Card Company.
Backers: 1138
Average Pledge Per Backer: $33

Funded: $37,092 of $13,000
Dates: Feb 11th -> Mar 13th (31 days)
Project By: The Department of Design
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Latest News

Surveys & The Store

April 4th - via:
So, the surveys have not gone out yet. We've gotten some good suggestions from a few of you that it makes more sense to hold off on sending them out until we are a bit closer to actually getting the orders fulfilled and shipped. This way, we can hope... (Read More)


March 18th - via:
We have submitted our design to USPCC. We have decided to hold off on the survey for a few days. After hearing the input from a few backers and seeing the amount of people that have yet to have their payments go through, we wanted to make sure we... (Read More)

Thank You All!

March 14th - via:
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The Final Hours

March 13th - via:
So, as many of you have requested it, we've decided to open up the option for add-ons in these final hours. For each Inaugural Coin you'd like, simply add $13 to your reward, or you can choose an American Ace Tshirt, for the same price, just $13. We... (Read More)

The Founders Diamonds

March 11th - via:
Diamonds, once known as the suit of Coins, or Pentacles, represent the classic urban third estate, the Merchant Class. The Founders version covers the era from the ‘Square Deal’ to the ‘New Deal’, WWI, WWII, and the peace and prosperity that... (Read More)

The Founders Clubs

March 10th - via:
The Clubs were originally known as Wands or Batons, representing the number 3 and thus the classic Third Estate, the largest class of people comprising the Commoners, the Peasants, the Working Class. We have decided to refer to this suit as simply... (Read More)

The Stretch Goals

March 6th - via:
Before we announce the goals, we just wanted to acknowledge what may have been a small, but significant error on our part ... we forgot to mention that all shipping within the USA is included. We apologize for any confusion, and hope things are a bit... (Read More)

The Founders Hearts

March 6th - via:
Hearts (originally Cups) classically represent the Clergy. Each of the figures selected for this suit are children of the Enlightenment, and lived as leaders and visionaries with a devout sense of duty and purpose to all mankind. . . . The King of... (Read More)

The Founders Spades

February 28th - via:
Before they were the Spades they are now, this suit was known to the classical world as Swords (many Latin and most Tarot cards still employ these old suits). Representing the number One (1) and Nobility, the Founders Spades display the era of the... (Read More)

The Future Founders

February 27th - via:
So before we get to the rest of the Spades, we wanted to share this look at some of the alternate back designs for the other editions we have planned.  Let us know which is your favorite, and we may try to figure out a way to include it early as... (Read More)

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