Red Fox Playing Cards

Created by Kelly ten Hove

Custom designed 100% hand-drawn playing cards. Version 1.0 is a unique marked deck for magic, cardistry and collecting. The purple version 1.1 pairs nicely for magicians, cardistry, collecting and is great for the card player. Printed by the USPCC.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Red Fox Playing Cards COVID-19 Shipping Update
18 days ago – Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 03:16:44 AM

I never thought I would be writing an e-mail about my playing cards that would involve also how we are affected by the COVID-19 virus, but here it is.

As many of you know, the cards arrived a few weeks ago, and at this time every package has been packed and is ready to ship or has already been shipped. This update will break it up into Canada, International, and USA orders.

Canada: Local Canadians who were part of the Kickstarter have received their cards prior to social distancing implementations. Canadian orders have been shipped and most (if not all) of the Canadians have received their orders in the mail.

International: Except for my one friend in Puerto Rico that is shipping out with the US orders (You know who you are 😉), all of the International orders have been mailed. A few of the orders that were expedited have arrived, but most orders will start to arrive within 2 weeks of this e-mail and up to 10 weeks, depending on what part of the world and whether the COVID-19 measures will slow down the mail. I have been told that packages will be traveling over the ocean by boat so please be patient, but know that they are on the way.

USA: To my friends in the USA, I have all of your cards packed and sitting in my living room right now. The original plan was to mail them today, but instead I am giving you this update. I’ll start with my original plan and how the COVID-19 affects it.

PLAN A: I secured a US return address from a friend, opened a US bank account and acquired a US credit card so that I could purchase US postage from my home in Canada to label the packages and drop off across the border at a US post office. The reason I chose to go this route was so that I could offer lower shipping to my US friends on the Kickstarter campaign, avoid any possible delays through customs for individual shipments, and avoid any possible customs/duty fees for any US orders. Basically to make it cheaper, quicker, and easier for you, as well as the possibility of more sales for myself, by offering the lower shipping.

REALITY: Now that I am ready to drop the orders off at a US post office, due the COVID-19 virus, for the fist time in history, they have closed the US/Canada border to all non-essential travel. This means that your cards cannot be delivered unless shipped from a Canada Post location which will essentially triple the shipping cost. With approximately 135 parcels this equates to over $1000 in additional expenses which was not in the shipping budget.

PLAN B: From everything I have read, the border closure is planned for 30 days, barring any changes, it should be open again in April. As soon as the border re-opens, whenever that is, within a day or two I will be able to ship all US orders from a US post office and they should arrive as quick as the USPS delivers (usually within 1 – 3 days). This means that if you can be patient along with me, as it stands currently your cards should arrive in about 5 weeks.

I know a few of you were really anticipating the arrival of these cards, and I apologize that you will be receiving them after the March arrival goal. An option would be to pay the difference in shipping to have it shipped directly from Canada to the US. If anyone is interested in getting an estimate on the cost and shipping time you can contact me directly.

In the meantime, you can drool over a picture of all the US orders. Nice white boxes, secured with bubble wrap, a red fox stamp and your Kickstarter order with free stickers and a free deck sleeve for all. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Red Fox Playing Cards


Ladies and Gents this is the moment you've been waiting for!
about 1 month ago – Thu, Mar 05, 2020 at 01:03:34 AM

That line in the title is from a soundtrack we listened to so many times while creating the Red Fox playing cards. We can listen to it one more time because the cards have arrived!

We have everything we need: the cards, the shipping supplies, stickers, miniature foxes in bottles, deck sleeves, 3d printed cases, poker chips, glasses, business cards, a nice red stamp for the shipping box and even a thank you card with a sneak peak at version 2!

We are so excited to start shipping this out to everyone! We will be spending the next few days packing boxes, filling out customs forms and paying for shipping. Local people will get their cards when we see you next, and mailed packages will be starting to go out next week!

I recently got back from the US after hooking up my trailer and picking up almost 5000 decks in total! That's almost 1100lbs of playing cards on my utility trailer that's rated for 1300lbs! I posted this on Instagram but the exchange with the US security was kind of comical. Border security: "Why are you coming into the US?" Me: "To pick up some playing cards." Border security:"Then why do you have a trailer?" Me:"To pick up some playing cards."

Here's a few pics of the shipment. Cards in the mail soon!

Red Fox Playing Cards Update
3 months ago – Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 06:26:21 PM

Thank you everyone for being so patient! Daily I have been working behind the scenes to get these cards but at the same time, make sure they are of the highest quality. 

The original arrival date mentioned on Kickstarter for these cards was scheduled for March. We are still on schedule for March. We have received news passed on from the USPCC that they will be ready to ship to us by the end of February and we are ready to start shipping them as soon as we get them. I am finalizing up the Backerkit additional purchases so that we can mail the cards ASAP to every backer once we receive them. 

We were planning on hopefully delivering them early but had a bit of delay due to us insisting on additional samples to ensure that everything will be of the highest quality when it comes to the colors and how they work with the reader glasses. This set us back a bit, so now we are on schedule instead of early, but assured that you will have the best product. 

We have our shipping boxes, 3D cases, Titan deck sleeves, red fox logo stickers, red fox stickers, reader glasses, business cards, miniature fox in bottles, and plenty of bubble wrap - just need a few thousand decks of USPCC branded cards instead of my one prototype for photos :) 

I've attached a picture of a typical order, as well as what you will receive even if you just purchased a single deck. As I get additional information about the shipping of the cards I will update you all again. 

Typical Order

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
4 months ago – Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 11:06:47 PM

Quick update to keep you all in the loop! 

240 Backers have completed their Backerkit survey! Great Job! A few still need to complete, you know who you are ;) 

  • Poker Chips are here! 
  • Deck Sleeves have arrived!
  • Tracking the stickers and they should be delivered Monday! 
  • Hard Proofs are in and looking great! 
  • 2500 of each deck and 25 uncut sheets of version 1.0 ordered - delivery estimated between end of January to mid-February. We promised a March delivery but can hopefully get these to most of you before February ends. 

Here's a few interesting things I have found while doing research on printing cards for your reading pleasure, as well as a few photos to peruse. 

I've had a few questions regarding what an uncut sheet vs hard proof is. A hard proof is a one-sided print of the deck provided on a thick paper (not card stock) to verify color and placement before printing starts. Even though they can print the hard proof at any time, the one we have will be the only one ever made for each of our decks. The uncut sheet (printed on both sides on card stock) is taken off the line during the print run. We have ordered a total of 25 for version 1.0 only, none will be made for version 1.1. I have provided an article that I have found to be an interesting read on the matter. (Feel free to go back the Backerkit survey and grab a limited uncut sheet). 

https://icollectplayingcards.com/uncut-sheets-the-unsung-heroes-of-the-playing-card-world

The machine that prints the cards takes a little bit of time to set up the printing plates and then a bit of a run to get the ink flowing. Once it's spooled up it is capable of printing on both sides of the card stock at a speed of about 600 decks per minute! The card stock is made of three layers, a white layer on either side of a black glue layer so that nothing can be seen through the card when held up to the light. These sheets will then be cut into strips, and then cards that will get packaged into the tuck boxes and wrapped in cellophane. 

Thank you everyone! So what's next?
4 months ago – Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 07:08:45 PM

Thank you everyone so much for your support on this campaign and making it such a success! Time to celebrate! 

Now we need to get you your cards! We are so excited about this, so what's the next step you ask? What about those little foxes in a bottle? (see #3) 

1. Kickstarter will be collecting the funds from all backers for their pledges. Please make sure your credit card information has not expired. 

2. We will receive our portion of the funds (Kickstarter will get a percentage for their services) on or around December 12 as it takes a few weeks for Kickstarter to finalize the collection of funds. 

3. IMPORTANT: You will be getting a link to the Backerkit survey on December 12.  For those that are new to Backerkit surveys, here's a little explanation. Backerkit is very straightforward with nice pictures to click on and a detailed breakdown of your pledge tier, amount towards shipping, and amount towards add-ons and their respective shipping. You will have a chance to verify exactly the add-ons you pledged for, as well to add additional add-ons and pay for them at that time. You will also be able to add special notes to me or you can contact me directly. So if you missed an add-on, don't worry, you will be able to take care of it when the Backerkit surveys come out on December 12. This includes the miniature fox in the bottle. There will be a limited amount available as there are only 16 produced, but the first number of people that add this to their total will be successful and receive them with their order. 

4. In the meantime we are busy behind the scenes! Here's some of the things we are working on. 

  • Red reader glasses are here and ready.
  • Miniature fox in the bottles are produced. They will each be given a tag to uniquely distinguish them, then they will be ready.
  • Business cards shaped like mini playing cards are here and ready.
  • The cards - both versions - have been submitted and digital proof has arrived. We hope to approve the artwork before the funds are received to stay ahead of schedule. After artwork is approved, the USPCC lead time is about 5-7 weeks before I will get the cards. Un-cut sheets for both decks will also arrive at the same time. 
  • Poker chips have been ordered and should arrive mid-December.
  • Stickers (one of each free for everyone) have been submitted. Once the artwork is approved, they should arrive early December.
  • 3D printed card cases will be ordered mid-December when the Backerkit surveys start coming in and we have a good idea of how many were ordered.
  • Clear deck sleeves (one free for everyone) will be ordered very soon and should arrive before mid-December. 
  • Deck in a bottle will be ordered after I receive the cards and am able to ship them off to Stanley to start his part of the production. 
  • Version 2.0 has been brainstormed and is in the pre-design phase.
  • We are also keeping busy with e-mails and messages and keeping up our Instagram, Facebook, main website (www.redfoxplayingcards.com), and continuing to film the magic trick tutorials for our magic trick tutorial website (to be revealed when you receive your cards). 

5. Add-ons for backers will be available on the Backerkit survey on December 12. If you have any friends that missed the kickstarter though, feel free to point them towards the Pre-Order Store: https://red-fox-playing-cards.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders