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emxibus
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Looking into getting a quote for my card game. I don't know the difference between

270gsm and 330gsm or gray blue, white, or blackcore.

What are most card games printed at?

Thanks,
JR

Dralius
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Good quality cards are made

Good quality cards are made of several layers. The bluegrey, white and black refer to the center layer which has a primary purpose of making them opaque but also help stiffen them somewhat. GSM is the density of the paper. The higher the number the heavier the paper. 330 is casino quality.

The quality in cards will differ significantly from game to game. Paper thickness, core, coating etc… have to meet the needs of play. Card games that require allot of shuffling will need heavier paper and coating so they can resist wear. If you’re trying to get a quote from a printer (Only use printers that specialize in making cards) ask for samples.

emxibus
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Thanks

Thanks for the info.

I'll see if I can get some samples.

Would you happen to know the specs on a MTG card?

Thanks,
JR

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emxibus wrote:Thanks for the

emxibus wrote:
Thanks for the info.

I'll see if I can get some samples.

Would you happen to know the specs on a MTG card?

Thanks,
JR


I don't know the specs of an MTG card, but if you happen upon a copy of Train of Thought, I believe those cards are 300gsm greycore with linen finish.

truekid games
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Some magic cards are blue

Some magic cards are blue core, some are black (I think more recent is blue, older is black, but it may actually be a "whatever's cheapest when it goes to print" sort of thing).

emxibus
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Thanks

Thanks guys,

Good info!

JR

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