By Ashok | March 11, 2017
Thick playing cards are often confused with better playing cards which are a fallacy that needs a little understanding to get a better product into the market. Internationally, professional playing card stock is usually 29 to 30 microns (a micron being one is one part of an mm) with an internal grammage of the board ranging from 300 gsm to 320 gsm. Maintaining this thickness or bulk is a very important factor in the manufacture of professional poker or bridge playing cards. Having a bulk/thickness of 30 microns also can be achieved by lower grammages and thicker coatings which would mean not having the correct permutation combination which leads to lack of snap and easy wear and tear of the product. More thickness does not mean higher grammage. Grammage is all about the weight of your deck.
Playing Card Black Centred Board.
Black Centred or Black core board is the board of choice for the professional Playing Card Stream and is often confused with the raw inferior waste cellulose fibres that are used as blackout to opaque the insides of the duplex board. Professional Playing Card stock Black Centered board is actually a black resin between the two plies or layers of the board.
White Centered Stock
White Playing Card stock is now being used more and more for very heavily printed designed custom playing cards and is the more economical choice over the black centred stock.
Plastic Playing Cards Stock
PVC is the most common playing card stock being used today over the more expensive CA( cellulose acetate) material and has replaced the CA over a period of time due to the very high costs of procuring the short run plastic (washable and durable) playing cards.
Sizes of Playing Cards
The availability of unique card sizes has now become more widespread as production processes have become more automated and flexible.