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Katherine
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hi all,

I am interested to know what a standard size is, does anyone know of a table that lists game card sizes.

I checked BGG but card sizes are not mentioned unless it is to critize (too big, too small etc).

I haven't gone into archive ... last time I did that I got the black hacker screen. not a pretty sight.

thanks

MusedFable
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Poker sized cards (the most

Poker sized cards (the most common size of card) are 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (88.9mm x 63.5mm).

Bridge sized cards are a little narrower at 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches (88.9mm x 57.15mm).

The smallest cards I've seen are "half cards" at 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 (63.5mm x 44.45mm). They're poker sized cards cut in half.

There are sizes in between, but they aren't usually on playing card stock.

MatthewF
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Exactly

MusedFable covered it perfectly. I can only add that most places that print cards professionally tend to do them in groups of 54 or 55, depending on the die and the press, so a game that has an 89-card deck, for example, might well be produced, but there would be some waste/additional collating.

fecundity
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Card size...

MatthewF wrote:
I can only add that most places that print cards professionally tend to do them in groups of 54 or 55, depending on the die and the press, so a game that has an 89-card deck, for example, might well be produced, but there would be some waste/additional collating.

Some game companies do a run of a second game in what would be the waste space from a print run.

Also, in response to the original question: Japanese card games use a slightly smaller (metric) size. For the purpose of a prototype, you should use whatever works well for your game. A publisher may want to change the card size regardless.

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