Imagine, if you will, the scene. You’re in a playing card making factory. Perhaps not unlike that of the United States Playing Card Company (but for the purposes of copyright etc. somewhere totally different…) You are watching the presses print sheets upon sheets of playing cards, that are then taken from the presses to be brought to the cutters. They are then cut into the playing cards and stacked, neatly, to then be packed into tuck boxes and sealed in cellophane, to then be sent out to the retailers or Kickstarter creators, to then be distributed amongst the purchasers……. It’s all very exciting isn’t it…?
But then you think. Oh, actually, I’d quite like a deck of those cards. So you say to the printer “I say my good man. Could I possibly trouble you for a packet of those smashing cards?” And he says “Why, yes, of course, no problem. Just let me go and cut them and stack them and pack them for you.” So away he goes and he comes back a few minutes later with your little deck of cards and he says “That’ll be $5.99 please.” So you pay him (because if you didn’t that would be stealing) and you are very happy in your wee world of playing card collecting-ness because you’ve just procured a deck of cards that was packaged especially for you.
Then, a thought occurs to you. And you say “I’m awfully sorry to be a further burden to you my good fellow, but could I possibly have a deck for my dear friend Jyl, because she does so love a good deck of playing cards..?” And he says with a cheeky point of his finger and a crafty wink “For Jyl… anything”. And he proceeds to take an uncut sheet off the presses to go and cut it into cards to be packed. But you are running short of time, so you say “Actually, if you don’t mind, I’ll take it like it is. Don’t bother yourself to cut it up. How much is that please?” And he says “No problem…. $27.99….” WHAAAAATTTTTTTT?????
Ok, regroup. Compose yourself. What has happened is actually quite normal in The World Of Playing Cards. Because, although you have actually saved the printer time and energy by not having the sheet cut and packed for you, you have in fact created a very (and I mean VERY) limited edition piece of wall art that many collectors would pay waaay more than $27.99 for.
Why?? Well, it’s simple. Playing cards are made to be played with. Uncut sheets… well….aren’t…. They’re made to be framed. Put on the wall. And viewed as art. With this in mind, most uncut sheets are Limited Editions. So uncut sheets are RARE. This makes the ‘art’ rare… which then makes it valuable…. see where I’m going with this…? If you buy an uncut sheet as part of a Kickstarter campaign, then you KNOW for a FACT that there are probably less than 100 of these babies produced. In the World. Ever. That makes them rare. That makes them valuable. We’ve been here, right…? This isn’t a poster or a print of an original. It IS an original, it’s one of THE originals. Because you see, it isn’t printed on just regular paper. It’s printed on actual, quality playing card stock, front AND back. It started it’s life with all intents and purposes of becoming an actual deck of cards.
Here’s something else. An uncut sheet can also act as an educational tool. Like the Chord Cards deck by LoAd K. Each card represents a different guitar chord, with the strings and finger placements clearly marked. The card is slid in between the neck and the strings and you can see where to put your fingers for each chord. Which is great for learners. But the uncut sheet can be put on the wall for reference once you’ve got the hang of the chords using the deck.
And here is an uncut sheet of a deck called US Presidents by Collectable Playing Cards. The deck features all 44 Presidents with 4 popular First Ladies as Queens. The cards aren’t in chronological order, but it still goes to serve as an educational aid. This uncut sheet is available from Collectable Playing Cards for $24.95.
And what kid’s bedroom wouldn’t benefit from something like this on the wall? The Rainbow Illusion deck by Landry Sanders is bright and colourful, and would probably help to get your kids interested in sitting round playing card games with the family instead of being glued to the TV or games console. I love this uncut sheet…
Looking at it this way, you can see that an uncut sheet can be so much more than just a good investment or an instructional poster. It’s a first class piece of art that you literally can’t pick up at any Walmart for the same price. It’s a talking point for sure, whether your guests are ‘into’ playing cards or not, your uncut sheet will definitely be an attention grabber.
So, next time you see a Kickstarter campaign that you like with uncut sheets available, why not take the plunge? Just go for it. You might think that it’s a lot of money to pay for a deck of cards, but remember…. it’s not a deck of cards… it’s a Limited Edition piece of art that, at the most, maybe another 99 people IN THE WORLD possess. There are even times when maybe only another 20 or 30 people have pledged for the uncut sheet. Then that’s even more rare. And even more valuable. So just have a wee think about all this before you dismiss or ‘diss’ the uncut sheet next time……
Have a look at the following uncut sheets and see if you can’t imagine them framed and up on your wall…… Some of the sheets in this post are available to buy, some are on current Kickstarter campaigns, and some are from campaigns that have already ended but the decks and sheets are still in the production stages.
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