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cheap card printers?

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anyone know of a good cheap printer for a new card game. I'd like to do a short run of around 200 - 500 to test it. The cards are 2.75" by 4.25", basically an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet cut in 8. I need typical 10 or 12pt stock with 2 side glossy. no boxes...well maybe boxes depending on the prices.

also, I keep reading about this xyron laminator. Does it do a quality job? Does it look professional?


oops forgot

There are 100 cards in a deck. no instruction sheet.

thanks again

Re: cheap card printers?

mattlehman wrote:
anyone know of a good cheap printer for a new card game.

Matt - you are going to have a tough time with this one. I don't think that I've ever seen any of the big houses doing print runs that small at any price. Your best bet will probably be to work with a local printer who could use their 'business card' process to get something close to what you're looking for.

Good luck,


cheap card printers?


One thing to keep in mind is to try and keep your final card design as close to the industry standards as possible. With the card size you mention a printer is likely to charge you more for the odd size. If you try to go with a printer that usually prints playing cards you might want to consider sizing the cards down to poker size - 2.5" by 3.5". This will save you some money. However, since you have such a small print run you may be better trying to find a local printer or trying a Kinko's. No matter what the cost will be high.

Just my two pence.
- Geoff

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