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I've heard of people putting cards for CDGs and the like in card protectors. What about laminating them? Would that be or not be awesome?
 
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mark camp
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That would permanently alter the game, which is taboo for many around here. Remember, a lot of these guys save inserts and expansion boxes and even the cardboard frames that they punch the bits out of.

WIth that said, depending on the game it could be awesome. I've done it once for a game that had really cheap, barely thicker than paper cards, and haven't regretted it.
 
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Zack Boatman
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I laminated the cards in Dune, Civilization and Advanced Civ (my play copies) and they have lasted for years. I play Dune enough to warrant lamination; the cards have held up quite well.
I also laminate money in my games.

 
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Frank Eisenhauer
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From an archival point of view laminating cards is a np-no. While the cards last for quite some years (apparently about 20), they will eventually start to deteriorate beause of the lamination. Once laminated there is no way back. You cannot easily take the cards out of the lamination plastic.
Card protectors (sleeves) is the better solution if you plan to keep your games for a really long time.
I seem to remember this topic coming up before, but cannot find the post.
Hope that helps!
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