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New card deck will count 54 more ways that Tacoma is beautiful

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on May 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
May 15, 2013 12:51 pm

This just in from two of Tacoma’s creative advocates: Tacoma Makes plans a second deck of Tacoma playing cards, to be released this fall.

The back of the second deck of Tacoma playing cards, this time in red. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Makes. Design by Chandler O'Leary.
The back of the second deck of Tacoma playing cards, this time in red. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Makes. Design by Chandler O’Leary.

The first deck, which we’ll now call the blue deck, was produced last year with the help of a Kickstarter and did so well the Tacoma Makes organizers are ordering a second printing.

Maija McKnight, who founded Tacoma Makes with Amy McBride, told me in an email today that they have distributed more than 5,000 decks of the blue cards, which retail for $20 a pack. They have 400 left in inventory, she said, and have netted around $20,000 that will allow them to start the next deck, which will be red.

The blue deck featured the work of 14 local artists interpreting the story of Tacoma. The result was 54 pieces of art that fit in the palm of your hand. The red deck will feature new artists and new landmarks, making it a compliment to the first. The blue deck ended up being sold at almost 20 local retailers, who said they flew off the shelves.

Tacoma artists participating in the red deck will be: Rick Matthies, Sean Alexander, Karen Doten, Maria Jost, Chuck Knigge, Noah Struthers, Mary Mann, Jeremy Mangan, Stan Shaw, Marit Berg, Betty Ragan, Michaela Eaves, David Boe and Chandler O’Leary.

O’Leary designed the card box and backs, and she is the only artists participating in both decks.

I made Christmas gifts of these decks to many out-of-town family members last year, and they were a hit. The cards are made by the U.S. Playing Card Company, the same one that manufactures the traditional Bicycle sets, so they’re of good stock. As soon as my son is old enough to play more than 52-card pickup, I plan to school him in rummy.

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