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S. P. Harris
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Hi - does anyone have recommendations for good quality playing cards? I just splurged on a Piatnik deck (Tudor Rose) and the artwork is gorgeous but the cards are very slick & stiff and are not good for me.

I would like some cards with a good linen finish - these seem ideal for me. Sturdy but flexible.

For instance, these games all have good quality (for me) cards:
Al Cabohne (Amigo), No Thanks (Z-Man), and Money (Goldsieber). They are flexible with good texture. The No Thanks are a little thin, however, they seem sturdy enough (at least for this game).

Thanks in advance!
 
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I really like the Kem cards. They are made of pure plastic, so can be bent, washed, whatever, and spring back. Also, the company will sell you individual replacement cards.

They are more slippery than normal cards, but once you get used to that, they shuffle very easily.

They will cost about $20 for a 2-deck set.
 
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2nd vote for Kem cards. If a card ever chips you can order replacements for individual cards from the factory.
 
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I have found Modiano to be the best.

The are also plastic, but thicker than KEM or Copag.

I also have had color bleed problems with KEM and Copag.

Kem, when washed, the red ink would smudge a little.

Copag, the ink from front of card would rub onto back of the next card while stored.

http://www.modianocards.com/index.php

I found an eBay supplier to get a couple decks, but it seems the Modiano website is having a sale, 2 decks for $9.95 (not incl. s/h).
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snicholson wrote:
I really like the Kem cards. They are made of pure plastic, so can be bent, washed, whatever, and spring back. Also, the company will sell you individual replacement cards.


Actually Kem cards are cellulose acetate, which isn't actually a plastic.

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They are more slippery than normal cards, but once you get used to that, they shuffle very easily.


All the other vendors of plastic cards, Copag etc, use vinyl. They have a rather different feel. Only Kem uses cellulose acetate. Both types take some getting used to, but with modest care (a little cornstarch or zinc stearate does wonders) can last a dozen years of heavy play.

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They will cost about $20 for a 2-deck set.


The critical difference for me between the Kem cards and the Copag is that the jokers in Kem decks are not distinguishable and they are distinguishable in Copag decks. Many games require differentiatable jokers.
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S. P. Harris
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions - I will check them out!
 
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There's a lot of information on this site:
http://www.homepokertourney.com/cards-buyers-guide.htm
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S. P. Harris
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fofluff wrote:
Hi - does anyone have recommendations for good quality playing cards? I just splurged on a Piatnik deck (Tudor Rose) and the artwork is gorgeous but the cards are very slick & stiff and are not good for me...


For the record, I wanted to update my opinion on the Piatnik cards. These are much more flexible than I originally thought. I was afraid to shuffle them because of the initial stiffness - I thought they would "crack" instead of bend...however, once they have been firmly shuffled a few times, they seem very nice! Sturdy & not really too slick. I really like them now. I would buy this brand again - and they have such great choices in artwork. My Thoughthammer wishlist is full of different decks!

I bought a set of plastic Modiano cards, too. I like that they probably will never get ruined or worn out - they are a bit slick, though.

Thanks for all the advice, everyone!
 
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