Your man here is a HUGE Sherlock Holmes fan. Back in 1989, my then-girlfriend got me The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for a birthday present and I was hooked. Of course, when I say, “got,” I later learned that she most likely shoplifted it. Turns out, when your girlfriend asks you to pick her up from her community service, it may not be for a speeding ticket even if that’s what she claims. Yeah, that shoulda probably been a red flag. But I digress.
As a long-time fan of the world’s most famous detective, I was pretty excited to get an e-mail last week from Jackson Robinson announcing his new Kickstarter project–a Holmes-inspired playing card deck.
Readers of this humble blogger may recall that it was Jackson Robinson’s Federal 52 (Part II) deck that inspired me to start collecting playing cards. There are a good number of card decks on Kickstarter at any given time. In the short time I’ve been paying attention, taking my own tastes into account, I’ve noted that there are a bunch of pretty bad designs and a few really outstanding decks. Without turning this into a fawning love-fest, I think Mr. Robinson is at the top of the playing card pyramid on Kickstarter. Or, in other words, “Dude can draw.”
The project kicked off yesterday at noon (CDT) and the $30K goal was hit in less than two hours (give or take). As of this writing, the deck is funded at $53K. Given the huge success of Federal 52 (Part II) and the intense popularity of Sherlock Holmes these days, I think it’s safe to predict that this project will be off the charts when it wraps up on December 7th .
And if one deck isn’t enough for you, Jackson is rocking two different styles. I can’t decide which one’s my favorite. The Baker Street edition appears above. Here’s an example from the Holmes Edition:
So, whether you’re a Sherlock fan, a playing card fan, or both, check out this project and get to backin! Until next time…stay nerdy my friends.
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