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Print-on-Demand Playing Cards
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www.gobretail.com or click on a product line button to your left to continue shopping
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continue to be updated here as per usual.
The Guild of Blades Retail Group is pleased to announce it is now offering Print-on-Demand Playing Cards. We can produce standard 2.5" x
3.5" playing cards with rounded corners. These cards are printed onto a 12pt Caronlina Cover Stock weight using our high quality Xerox
Workcentre and then cut with a computerized die cutter to guarantee uniform size and corner rounds. We can print both white bordered cards
and cards with full bleed edges and can provide a variety of packaging formats and services to accompany your card printing.
How Do These Cards Differ From Regular Playing Cards?
It should be noted there are two principle differences between POD Playing Cards and traditional playing cards produced on offset presses.
These are as follows:
1) Paper Stock: Traditionally playing cards are printed on specialized clay coated stocks designed specifically for playing card
printing. The clay coating gives the cards some "bounce", allowing them to snap back more easily after being bent during shuffling. Sadly,
clay coated stocks simply do not work well on the digital printers most oft used for doing POD style printing. The Carolina cover stock we
print on has some bounce being a cover stock and because the stock has a gloss coating on both sides, however, that bounce is perhaps only
half that of the clay coated stocks. Not all playing cards are printed on the same paper stocks. A game like Magic the Gathering is printed
on a two ply stock for extra durability and bounce giving it a thickness roughly equal to a 16pt cover stock while a card like Yugio is
printed on a much thinner weight stock. The 12pt Carolina cover we print on is the maximum thickness most digital printers can handle and is
roughly equal to the card thickness of a Yugio or other comperable card games.
1) Gloss Coating: Without running the cards through a traditional 5 color (or more) offset printing press, we have no cost effective
means to apply a post printing glossy layer such as a flood varnish or UV coating. However, the cover stock we have chosen to for printing
on was specifically chosen because it has a nice glossy coating on both sides. This means the cards still have a glossy appearance, however,
the printing is printed on top of that glossy layer, so where you have a sizable patch of printing that is a dark and solid color, the gloss
appearance shows less. The difference is not very noticable, but to someone experienced at printing, close scrutiny of the print would show