Kickstarter: Bicycle Titanic Playing Cards by RJ Tomlinson

06 Oct

Creators of several successful playing card projects on Kickstarter continue to design beautiful decks with interesting cultural and historical background and propose them to playing card collectors. They decided to create a new series of playing card decks which will focus on several historical events where life and death was a major factor. The first decks in this series refer to the tragedy of RMS Titanic.

On her maiden voyage, April 10th 1912, the Titanic carried 2,224 passengers and crew towards New York City. As fate would have it, she would never make it to this destination. Late in the evening hours of April 14th she hit an iceberg. Within three hours, she sank to the bottom of the ocean taking with her 1,514 victims.

Decks are planned to be printed by USPCC and Expert Playing Card Company (Deluxe Edition). Poker size.


Creators decided to do something unique and at the same time pay tribute to those that lived and died during appropriate historical moment. They are creating seals to resemble White Star Line luggage tags and filling these tags with the name, age and sex of every passenger of the Titanic. So, in addition to serial numbers each deck will display one of 2.000+ passengers that sailed on the Titanic.


There will be 908 Crew Member decks available and 706 3rd Class decks available. While 3rd Class and Crew Members make up more than 65% of the total decks available, 1st Class will only consist of 325 decks and 2nd Class will only consist of 285 decks.

You can request any passenger from Titanic. Check this link to get more information about them.

Also creators decided to tie the editions of planned decks to historical facts. There will be several editions of these Bicycle Titanic playing cards.

Death on the Titanic Tuck Case


Only 1,514 will be sealed and made available on Kickstarter because each deck will represent one of the 1,514 victims of the Titanic disaster.

Life on the Titanic Tuck Case


Only 710 will be made available because each deck will represent one of the 710 survivors of the Titanic disaster.

“With USPCC you’re required to order a minimum of 2,500. In addition to that they are contractual able to go plus or minus 10%…. meaning we could end up with anywhere between 2,250 to 2,750 decks. Since the Titanic had 2,224 passenger and crew, we would hope to hit closer to the 2,250 mark. In the event, we end up closer to the 2,750 mark we can do one of two things. 1. We can leave these decks without seals or 2. We can include people that helped in the building of the ship and/or others connected to the ship. For example, Milton Hersey had a ticket for the Titanic but was unable to make the trip. No matter what…Nobody will be duplicated.” ~ RJ Tomlinson

Titanic Unbranded Edition


There will be limited quantity of unbranded decks (without “Bicycle” brand on them) with standard seal.

Titanic Deluxe Edition


These playing cards will have completely new set of courts and will be packed in unique side-open tuck cases with embossing and gold foil on them. These decks will be printed by Expert Playing Card Company.

Bicycle Titanic Playing Cards – Deluxe Edition: the Jack of Spades


“Luggage” style stickers that display the serial number (of the deck), ticket number and price for the ticket (during the time the Titanic set sail) are used for the Deluxe Edition. These seals will not display the name of each person. They will have the actual ticket numbers used for each family that sailed. For example, John Jacob Astor, his wife and maid all sailed using the same ticket number (PC 17757) which cost £247.



You could pledge here: [Funded on October 29, 2014]

This project will be funded on Wed, Oct 29 2014.


Back design inspired by the dome above Titanic’s grand staircase

To continue the uniqueness of their project the creators invented additional way to personalize each deck even more. For $6 you’ll receive a custom “boarding pass” for the person your deck is dedicated to. This boarding pass will be printed as a playing card (same size as your deck with linen finish). It will come with a plastic individual card holder for display. You can also choose to add the card within the deck itself. This add-on (boarding pass) card will be printed by MPC (not USPCC). The boarding pass will include age, sex, ticket number, cabin number, occupation, etc. Note, the creators are allowing multiple boarding passes.


Bicycle Titanic Playing Cards: Court Cards


Wallace Henry Hartley

(2 June 1878 – 15 April 1912) was an English violinist and bandleader on the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage. He became famous for leading the eight member band as the ship sank on 15 April 1912. He died in the sinking. After the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink, Hartley and his fellow band members started playing music to help keep the passengers calm as the crew loaded the lifeboats. Many of the survivors said that he and the band continued to play until the very end. None of the band members survived the sinking, and the story of them playing to the end became a popular legend.

Archibald  Butt

(September 26, 1865 – April 15, 1912) was an American journalist and United States Army officer. After a short career as a newspaper reporter, he served two years as the First Secretary of the American embassy in Mexico. He was commissioned in the United States Volunteers in 1900 and served in the Quartermaster Corps during the Philippine Insurrection. He gained notice for his work in logistics and animal husbandry, and received a commission in the regular United States Army in 1901. After brief postings in Washington, D.C., and Cuba, he was appointed military aide to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. He died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Bicycle Titanic Playing Cards: Jokers




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