Custom Card Count

If you’re trying to print a cost effective game then card count should be your biggest concern. Offset printing uses large parent sheets, as seen below. The more parent sheets you need for your project, the higher your cost. A parent sheet can only hold a certain amount of cards, based on your card style/dimensions and the size of the parent sheet determined by your card stock.

If you already have a general idea of the amount of cards you need for your game, be sure to check out our custom card game price calculator! It’s free to use and you can experiment with different card counts and finishes to really grasp the amount you will be spending.

Cut down on cost by creating a game that only requires the number of cards that can fit on one parent sheet. Of course, you shouldn’t lower your card count if it sacrifices playability. Below you’ll find the list of magic numbers to help you choose the optimal card count for your game.

Common and Uncommon Card Backs

In some cases your card backs can increase price significantly, although this is an uncommon method, games that require each card back to have a different image affect price. Cards that have different backs are called unique or uncommon backs. Cards that use the same back image, like traditional poker cards, are referred to as common backs.

This doesn’t affect price until your card count starts to rise over 110 cards. For example, a sheet of 55 poker cards that have common and unique backs will need 2 printing plates (the front and back). A 110-card count job with unique backs need 4 sets of plates (2 for the front and 2 for the back) while common backs will only need 3 plates (2 for the front and 1 for the back). Every time you add more cards to your unique back deck you need another parent sheet and another plate.

Optimal card count per parent sheet based on your card dimensions and stock choice:

Some useful information to look into is how many cards you can fit on a parent sheet. The more parent sheets you use, the more expensive your game will be to produce. Be sure to check out our custom card size page so you can have multiple options going into this process.

 

280 gsm Blue Core

  • Poker fits 55 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 30 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 66 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 96 cards/sheet

300 and 350 gsm Coreless

  • Poker fits 55 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 30 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 66 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 96 cards/sheet

310 and 330 gsm Black Core

  • Poker fits 56 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 35 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 72 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 108 cards/sheet

300 gsm Foil Stock

  • Poker fits 55 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 30 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 66 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 96 cards/sheet

Plastic PVC

  • Poker fits 55 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 30 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 66 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 96 cards/sheet

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