Art of the Patent - Playing Cards

Created by Kevin Prince

Art of the Patent - Playing Cards
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476 backers pledged $23,221.00 on Kickstarter

Celebrate over 200 years of the most famous and bizarre patent artwork through playing cards! One line-art illustration per card.

Raised in Kickstarter
$23,221.00 / 476 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$8,340.50 / 476 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Shipping party!
about 1 month ago – Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 11:17:49 PM

This weekend was busy, with my wife and 9 kids all pitching in to help get these nearly 500 orders out to the post office.  Note that all US shipment will have been sent by Monday or Tuesday, so you should have them by next weekend or so.



Next up, all of the foreign orders... stay tuned! We're trying to get those out by next weekend.

Thanks for all of the great private messages... glad you all like what you see!

--Kevin Prince

Look what just arrived from the US Playing Card Company!
about 2 months ago – Fri, Jan 05, 2018 at 11:36:18 PM

Check it out... we have product!



They turned-out great!  I'm very happy with the printing quality.  

We will start shipping this coming week and expect all shipments to be finished in the next two weeks (well, all except for those who have NOT answered their Backerkit survey at  We'll be mailing your books (if you ordered signed books) separately to take advantage of Media Mail rates, and those might arrive more slowly.  

Thanks again for your patience! I think you'll be pleased with the results.  If you haven't received your orders within three weeks or so, please contact me.  I'll send another update out after about three weeks to remind you.  

--Kevin Prince

Surveys were sent... check your SPAM folder if you didn't get it
4 months ago – Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 09:45:55 AM

Hi all, 

The surveys for your Art of the Patent Playing Cards were sent by email yesterday, 10/29.  Be sure if you haven't received your survey to check your SPAM folder.  Sometimes Backerkit emails get classified as spam since they send out so many emails.  If you still don't see your survey, go to and they'll re-send the link.  

Remember you can add-on any of the products to your existing pledge, and so far we've seen a great response from about two-thirds of the backers! But the other one-third of you haven't completed the survey yet... so be sure to get these completed ASAP so we can get our proper counts and order the correct quantities of each item.  I'm amazed at the response, you guys!  You're great... thanks again for a fun project. 

--Kevin Prince

Sending surveys in the next few days
4 months ago – Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 01:18:52 PM

Soon, within a few days, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit survey. It’s important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information to fulfill your rewards.  

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. 

You don’t have access to this survey link yet, but it will be available soon via email! After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts.  

The card artwork is at the printers now, and everything is on-track.  Here is some information about how each deck turned-out, as well as the uncut sheet artwork.  You'll want to review this before selecting which decks you want in your survey.

"Classic" Blue Deck

Images are taken from patents featured in the book The Art of the Patent.  Face card art is taken from actual patents and selected purely for the drawing's artistic qualities.

"Classic" Blue Deck
"Classic" Blue Deck

"Famous" Red Deck

Images are taken from famous, well-recognized inventions. Face card art is of famous inventors, and rendered in a "line art" type of style commonly used in patent drawings.

"Famous" Red Deck
"Famous" Red Deck

 "Amusement Park" Green Deck

Images are taken from patents having to do with amusement parks, carnivals, and the like.  The face card artwork includes the traditional face card images, but rendered in either a stippled technique common with design patents, or in a line art style used more typically with utility patents, complete with numerical call-outs!

"Amusement Parks" Green Deck
"Amusement Parks" Green Deck

"Vehicles" Purple Deck

Images are taken from all types of vehicle-related patents, including automobiles, bicycles, spacecraft, airplanes, and some surprising vehicles. Face card artwork includes portraits of people famous for their impact on vehicle technology, and are rendered in a "line art" type of style commonly used in patent drawings.

"Vehicles" Purple Deck
"Vehicles" Purple Deck

Thanks again everyone, and watch your inbox over the next few days for the Backerkit survey.

--Kevin Prince

We did it! Art of the Patent playing cards are funded!
5 months ago – Sun, Oct 08, 2017 at 11:12:03 PM

Thanks everyone! We blew-away the $5K goal and even hit the last stretch goal of $20K. Way to go, and thanks for your support!  

Please note that we're going to use BakerKit for the surveys that will be emailed to each of you in a week or two, once the Kickstarter funding is finalized with all of the backers.  You'll be able to pick which decks you want for your rewards (from all four decks) and will also be able to add to your order any of the products: decks, uncut sheets, books, bricks, and brick-o-bricks!  US shipping is included (so if you got charged for US shipping I'll be issuing you a refund for that part of the charge; this issue only affected a few of the earliest backers).  Stay tuned... 

Also, thanks for your kind words about the terrible events a week ago in our city, Las Vegas. Our family is safe, and we know two couples that were there and who are physically safe... but emotionally they're wrecked by the things they experienced.  We appreciate you keeping up the prayers and good thoughts for the victims' families and everyone who was there.

--Kevin Prince