Golden Spike Playing Cards(2014) by Jody Eklund
These cards were funded through Kickstarter. You can find the page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/910678389/golden-spike-bicycle-playing-cards/description. The Kickstarter is headed by Jody Eklund, of the recent successfully kickstarted Innovation playing cards. 45,600 pledged over an 18,000 goal. 250%. Wow this guy sure knows how to lead a campaign.
I’m not sure how much these cards are worth, but I picked up the trio of them for around 40. Not sure where the Black Ink deck came from since I don’t see it on the kickstarter page.
Anways if you just want the basic deck at a lower price go here: http://blackinkplayingcards.com/collections/the-golden-spike. 6$ for a dented deck, not bad. 13-15 for clean leftovers.
That bike guy on the rail almost looks like the normal Bicycle Joker.
Okay…after digging around it seems like the black ink decks were a bonus add-on at 13$ a deck. Seems like I got the set then at no extra cost. I’ll do a separate post later when I crack those open.
So what do I like about this so far. Well, first off it looks like Ellusionist’s Vintage series, but better. It also smells vintage, but that might just be me. Its a solid Bicycle deck, but I probably wouldn’t use it for say, card sleights. Maybe a game of poker.
Fans and spreads are okay, not too exciting. I think its the pencil sketchlike artwork of the backs, aces, and royals that stands out. When you fan the deck, it feels like old money. On a side note, I should be getting a pack of Federal 52 in sometime. Looking forward to that one.
Someone spent some time on these characters. Grenville M. Dodge is my favorite. Look at him with that knife-y sword. So adorable.
Well, who knows how long it’ll be until I get to the other 2 Golden Spike decks. They seem too beautiful to open, but someone’s got to do it.