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My Significant Other and I have introduced quite a number of board games to her parents over the past few years. A number of these are card games, such as Arboretum. We observe that they experience a little difficulty in holding the cards splayed and are considering getting them playing card holders for them as gifts.

We have done a cursory search on the web but would like to hear from fellow BGG-ers and board gamers. Have any of you bought or used playing card holders from any particular shop, preferably online? We are looking for reasonably stable playing card holders that can be shipped to Singapore at a reasonable price. We haven't been able to find any in Singapore thus far, but if there are any, that would be ideal.
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Look in stores - online or otherwise - that sell adaptive equipment for handicapped people. My husband used a straight plastic holder about a foot long. The slot was wide enough that you could just place the cards in, you didn't have to push them. And it was easy to rearrange your hand because the cards slid around smoothly.

I'll look online and edit this if I find a good photo.

https://www.amazon.com/Ableware-15-Playing-Card-Holder/dp/B0...

Skip the pencil holder. This one looks almost identical to what my husband used. It held a whole 13-card bridge hand without difficulty.



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I am not sure about getting them overseas but after using a lot of different card holders we found what for us are the best balance between sturdy, large enough, beautiful, and cheap.


https://www.amazon.com/Curved-Wood-Playing-Card-Holder/dp/B0...


The curved design allows you to keep cards private, they can fit a lot of cards in them - the slot is wide enough to fit a thick cardboard tile, they are really light but stable.
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As a temporary solution, you could make card holders via the method below:

Origami Card Holder

It doesn't hold a lot of cards, but we've found them quite helpful. Using a heavier paper or card stock, along with stapling or taping the ends, helps with the functionality.
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has curved card holders.
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This is what came to mind for me ...



http://www.cwimedical.com/card-game-assistance/card-player-c...
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We had one that my wife used when she was nursing. This was fairly simple and sat on the table. You (or someone you know) may be able to fashion something like this.

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Thanks everyone for your replies!

bobombsayian wrote:
I am not sure about getting them overseas but after using a lot of different card holders we found what for us are the best balance between sturdy, large enough, beautiful, and cheap.


https://www.amazon.com/Curved-Wood-Playing-Card-Holder/dp/B0...


The curved design allows you to keep cards private, they can fit a lot of cards in them - the slot is wide enough to fit a thick cardboard tile, they are really light but stable.

It seems like this option is closer to what we are looking for. Do let us know if any one has any other suggestions.
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http://uberstax.com/

These things are wonderful. I bought a bunch of them when they were on kickstarter, and they're super handy.
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Asmor wrote:
http://uberstax.com/

These things are wonderful. I bought a bunch of them when they were on kickstarter, and they're super handy.

I'm going to second these. They allow for a lot of configurations. My dad is a quadriplegic and uberstax are the best thing we tried.

The worst options for accessibility are the holders that hold the cards in place using pressure (usually the ones that fan out the cards). They work for visibility, but were hard for my dad to add/remove cards.
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Asmor wrote:
http://uberstax.com/

These things are wonderful. I bought a bunch of them when they were on kickstarter, and they're super handy.

Thanks! We took a look and they certainly look promising.

Are the UberStax pieces stable after you place cards on them? Singapore is a hot tropical country, so we have standing fans switched on and blowing at us horizontally while gaming. Are the UberStax pieces heavy enough to withstand some horizontal wind?
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Yeoster wrote:
Thanks everyone for your replies!

bobombsayian wrote:
I am not sure about getting them overseas but after using a lot of different card holders we found what for us are the best balance between sturdy, large enough, beautiful, and cheap.


https://www.amazon.com/Curved-Wood-Playing-Card-Holder/dp/B0...


The curved design allows you to keep cards private, they can fit a lot of cards in them - the slot is wide enough to fit a thick cardboard tile, they are really light but stable.

It seems like this option is closer to what we are looking for. Do let us know if any one has any other suggestions.
I would stick to card holders that have at least 2 staggered rows. The ones my kids use have three:

https://www.amazon.com/Slot-Wooden-Card-Holders-Set/dp/B000R...



Avoid curved card holders unless you really want other players seeing the cards on the far edges. It can be impossible to place curved holders on a tables so that people on both sides of you can't see any of the cards unless you put them right up against your belly.

Pete (notes that these card holders are pretty heavy and the ceiling fan will not be an issue)
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Yeoster wrote:
Asmor wrote:
http://uberstax.com/

These things are wonderful. I bought a bunch of them when they were on kickstarter, and they're super handy.

Thanks! We took a look and they certainly look promising.

Are the UberStax pieces stable after you place cards on them? Singapore is a hot tropical country, so we have standing fans switched on and blowing at us horizontally while gaming. Are the UberStax pieces heavy enough to withstand some horizontal wind?


The uberstax are, but they don't "grip" cards at all so I think the cards would blow off.
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plezercruz wrote:
I would stick to card holders that have at least 2 staggered rows. The ones my kids use have three:

https://www.amazon.com/Slot-Wooden-Card-Holders-Set/dp/B000R...


These look good and stable. Probably better at holding the cards against a horizontal wind too. Thanks for the suggestion!
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