So I received my deck. First thoughts were the packaging. For an international shipment I was quite shocked to only see a padded envelope with a piece of flimsy cardboard folded over the deck with some bubble wrap as a way to ship a "collectors deck" as Paul stated. Having to spend $40.55US for one deck it should be coming in a small box not a padded envelope. I'm not saying my deck came damaged, but a bit more protection is all I'm saying.
Second, being on his site at the time of launch/pre-order I would've thought I'd see a much lower number other then being in the 280+. I've been thinking about supporting Paul on his Patron as he offers the following.
I want to know exactly what he means by "we will set aside the lowest serial number for all level 20 patrons". At what number does that start at cause I'm sure Paul keeps the lowest numbers for himself and/or for a private reserve batch. So does it start at 50,75,100?? Maybe Paul can shine some light on that.
I mean, if I support your work for years to come and give you a nice meal for $240/year I'd hope that I could continue to get the same serial number for all your future decks you release as a level 20 patron. Is that even possible considering you fulfill everyone's order yourself? Paul recently made a statement on FB regarding fulfillment and why he chooses to not use a fulfillment company.
So now on to the positives of the deck. As I don't open my decks I must say that Paul was right about the shine, the deck SHINES and definitely stands out within my collection. To me, it was worth the $30 that everyone was a bit nervous about prior to seeing pictures including myself.
What I would like to know is the handling. It was said the Chinese factory was the reason for the dislike to begin with as they were known to produce cards that didn't fan or spring well. Has anyone open their decks and worked the cards in to give an option? I'm really curious to this.