One 1921 Morgan Otis FX and one TTGF

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Otis FX.  Magnetic flipper with shimmed expanded shell.  $375

TTGF.  Triple Threat with magnetic gravity flipper.  $500.

Also have one 1921 expanded shell set.  $400.

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Better pick a REALLY nice favorite deck to do your new awesome card cage some justice.

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One of your OWN, that is. 🙂

Well, I’m no interior deckorator,  har har, I just tried to pick some decent decks to display the versatility of cages.

I also mixed and matched some of the colors.  The most questionable for me might be the red and grey, but I like it…maybe a couple guys will like the scheme, or I can put them back as solid color sets.  I just need 2 guys to accept whatever scheme and the opposite of that, just so I dont get stuck with one set that nobody likes.  Ha.  In other words, if you get really weird, it’s fine with me, you just need to find another guy equally as weird as you.  Talk amongst yourselves.

Anyway, those are the 4 colors, I will do my best to accommodate your preferences in mixing them if you like, but hope you will just buy these the way they are set up.  Ha.  I have to send 4 of the blue sets back, they have a couple small flaws in the finish, so if you order blue, it will be about another week for those.

There were 22 of the colored sets… 6 blue, 6 red, 5 grey, 5 green.  I also still have 3 original ones that were not anodized.  Guys asked for those then didnt claim them, so they may go to anodize when I take the blue ones back if no one speaks up.

$375 each, plus shipping.

Just in time for Christmas, HO HO HO.  Momma is probably scavenging right now to find something that will trip your trigger.  Unlike Tickle Me Elmo though, there won’t be any more of these due to popular demand, and no tie or socks or underwear or substandard trinket are going to make you this  happy.

Don’t forget to add an RT pizza paddle.

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Rob Thompson’s Pizza Paddle



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2 OtisFX sets


(Shimmed expanded shell, magnetic gravity flipper)  $275 each.

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Western medicine seizes body of Otis…

Tired of seeing that depressing photo.  Ha.  But I’m leaving all the well wishes for a bit.  Thanks very much for all of your concerns.  Joel, will have you in my heart, good luck mister.




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Raw Alzheimers… er…. Aluminum…

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Ok, finally after near infinite hours on these…. my wife has even had silver hands for 5 days in a row.  :)  Seriously though, I’m so freaking happy to be going back to silver.

That said, I think all the hard work is going to be evident.  It appears there will be 29 total sets and I’ll keep a couple probably.  I have these boxed up and ready to go to anodize, so if anyone wants one before it goes to anodize, now is the time.

I’ll also say at this time I have not decided on the colors.  It will be a crap shoot.  I won’t know until I go down to the place and hold samples next to each other.  I may make some like grey and black for all I know, trying to decide what is best for the context of the thing.  Should it be edgy looking or soothing.  Some have asked for solid red and blue.  I may like the light pastel blue and pink, so be warned.

As we have been slaving over these for another 7 days, I’ve had to realize that I can’t sell these for “a little more than 300 bucks” as estimated.  The best I can do is $375, and if they were ever to be made again… not a penny under $500.  I highly underestimated all aspects of this project.  Ha. I paid $200 to have the blueprints made.  High quote just to make the 4 piece assembly was $320 each.  Cost of the little stainless hardware was $18 for the six shoulder bolts and $5 for the 2 knurled knobs, per set.  But what really put it over the top was having my wife sit there for a week.  The price of having a woman in the shop was simply not affordable.

I know, it’s very niche like, and maybe there aren’t 29 people in the world that would want it that bad, but I would buy one.   And on that note, last week I was speaking with the jerx Andy about purchasing 2 of his $300 books.  One for a friend and one for me.  I heard they were near selling out.  His second email response I found to be wonderful.

No hurry. I don’t have many left, but at that price the ones I do have are intended to last me a while. (My hope is it becomes the most sought after book of all time and, 40 years from now, I can live off a half dozen copies.) 

So anyway, if you want a raw aluminum card cage for $375, today is Tuesday, I’ll wait until Thursday to take these down to Denver.  Since I don’t know if these will ever be made again, and I’m guessing not, I’ll keep a couple here so that I could custom anodize them at a later date.

These are color pictures, btw, and if you buy the nice black superior decks from Kalush, your raw aluminum case will look this good too.  The bottom picture contains a sticker that an old friend in Ward recently picked up on her last trip to California for me.  I thought possibly appropriate, it was lying right on the same bench waiting for a place as a sticker somewhere.

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I’ll be Bach.


Arnold approved.

The world’s most elegant, effective, intricate card case ever designed.  Ultimate rigid construction made from high grade aircraft aluminum and stainless steel hardware.  WEIGHS in at 4.7 ounces!


This is a new pack with jokers.  You can see the clamping power, as it squeezes one side of the deck first and then the other as you tighten the thumb screws.

I’ve designed this so that it will accommodate a new pack with plenty pressure, so that entire box gets a nice flattening and squaring, and when you remove the extra cards it still has some nice pressure on the pack.  I’ve tried it on a variety of decks that I have here, it works just about perfect this way with all of them.

That is not including those fat decks like the Robusto.  But with odd decks you can probably remove or add a card or two to get the exact pressure you want.  For your bike, tally ho, bee, most Kalush decks, etc., you should be in the sweet spot.


Will squeeeeeeeze yer deck just like yer corn squeezins.

Here is the same deck in closed position.  It should exert very even pressure on the entire deck, but you can see the most focal area of rigidity is around the edge of the card and not your dick.  Sorry couldn’t stop that one.  I’m inbred.  Anyway, you see what I mean.  It’s very effective,  cards are happy after manipulation.

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