Printed Card Formats & Costs

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Card Stocks

Premium Stock: 11.4-pt. thickness, 310 gsm black core card stock from German paper manufacturer Koehler.

Embossed Stock: 11.0-pt. (280 micrometers) thickness, 320 gsm, black core card stock from German paper manufacturer Koehler. Embossed cards incorporate a subtle raised texture that creates air pockets for easier shuffling and dealing.

Small Poster: Glossy Deluxe 100# text paper. Square corners, single-sided. Folded once for shipment.

Card Print Costs

Our low-volume (base) per/card print costs are below. Or, go to our Card Print Cost Calculator to get base print costs and volume tiered discounts.

Low-volume (Base) Card Costs

Card Size

Premium Cost/Card

Embossed Cost/Card

US Poker (2.5” x 3.5”) $0.10 $0.12
Euro Poker (63mm x 88mm) 0.10 n/a
Mini (1.625” x 2.5”) 0.10 n/a
Tarot (2.75" x 4.75") 0.19 0.23
Tile (6” x 6”) 0.26 n/a
Tile (8” x 10”) 0.52 n/a
Page (8.5” x 11”, one-sided, uncoated) 0.42 n/a
Small Poster (12” x 18”, glossy 100# paper)

0.55

n/a

*All print costs are in U.S. Dollars (USD)

  • Minimum order quantity: 10 cards.
  • Decks of 10-60 cards are wrapped in a one-inch cellophane band. Decks larger than 60 cards are double-banded horizontally and vertically.
  • Due to banding equipment limitations, we discourage packs of 2-9 cards (this does not apply to posters). If you have a few card singles, you should prepare the files as separate 1-card PDFs. If you have a pack that is 7 or so cards, consider nudging that up to 10 cards.
  • Due to banding equipment limitations, we discourage decks larger than 250 cards. If you have a deck larger than this, consider splitting the deck and creating two print-ready PDFs.
  • Low-volume decks of 10 or more cards come with a production control card. This card allows for order tracking on our production floor. You are not charged for this card.
  • Shipping is additional. For rough low-volume shipping estimates, please visit here.

Tiered Volume Discounts

The discount tier is based on a single line-item’s total value (inclusive of low-volume per/card costs, tuckboxes, shrink-wrap, and/or deckboxes) and is calculated as follows. (The Card Print Cost Calculator offers helpful notations about the quantity needed to reach the next-highest discount threshold to increase your volume discount.)

Order Line
Equals/Exceeds
Order Line
Discount %
$175.00 5%
$250.00 10%
$350.00 15%
$500.00 20%
$750.00 25%
$1500.00 30%
$3500.00 33%

*All print costs are in U.S. Dollars (USD)
**High-volume pricing changed as of Aug 1, 2021.

  • Each “line item” is a unique product in your order, regardless of the quantity of that item ordered. Whether you order 1 or 100 copies of that product in the same order, it is still one line item.
  • In an order with different products in different quantities (and thus different costs per line), each line item of the order might qualify for different levels of high-volume discount.
  • Order must ship to one destination.
  • No volume discounts for decks of 2 to 9 cards.
  • No volume discounts for 8.5" x 11" Screen Inserts or GM Screens.
  • The production control card is removed from each deck.
  • Small posters are treated as cards (1 poster = 1 card), except that poster titles containing 2 to 9 posters are allowed in volume orders.

Example

  • You order 75 copies of a title’s 54-card Poker deck (Premium stock) + 54-card custom tuckbox. The low-volume (base) print cost is $7.65 [($0.10 * 54) + $2.25]. The total cost of that line item is $573.75. After the 20% tier discount is applied, the high-volume cost to you is $459.00 ($6.12/deck).

Card Finishes

Rounded Corners / Low-gloss, eco-friendly water-based AQ satin coating / Double-sided:
US Poker, European Poker, Mini, Tarot.

Square Corners / Low-gloss, eco-friendly water-based AQ satin coating / Double-sided:
Tile 6" x 6", Tile 8" x 10".

Square Corners / Uncoated / Single-sided:
Page 8.5" x 11". Lack of coating allows for gluing; intended for 3D model products.

POD Playing Cards Cost Comparison

How do our card print costs and tuckboxes stack up against the competition? Be sure to check out this blog.

Additional Details

  • No common card back or common border bleed color required.
  • No specific card multiple in a deck required. (For example, you do not have to print in 20-card sheet multiples. Your deck can be any multiple of a single promo card, a pack of 10 cards, 37 cards, 51 cards, 181 cards, etc.).
  • We offer high-quality, clear plastic deckboxes.
  • We offer custom-printed tuckboxes.

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