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This may be a stupid question but I was wondering if laminating cards instead of sleeving them would work. I would appreciate any insight anyone has. Thanks.
 
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Ken Newell
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This is a good question. I was thinking of doing the same thing with a few other games and was wondering if it is a good thing or not.

Looking forward to seeing some responses that can answer the question!
 
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I don't think laminating is a good idea. One, it takes more time and is probably more expensive than sleeving. Depending on what method you use (either the heat applied method or cold applied) it may not work well - either sticking to each other in the first case and possibly delaminating in the second. Also, it will be permanent in that any mishap will destroy your cards for good.

So I vote for sleeving.
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Besides being a shitload of work to cut out the cards after laminating (which is the reason I will be waiting for sleeves) I don't see a big problem here actually. I only have experience with hot laminating, but never had problems there.
 
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In regard to laminating each and every card...There's the problem of cutting each one exactly the same so you wouldn't be able to identify the cards based on the edging. Unless, this was your intent...devil
 
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The only functional impact I can see is that the cards are going to be thicker and possibly a bit harder to shuffle. But given that Dominion decks don't get all that large, you'd probably be fine if you use thin laminate (3 mil). However, I much prefer the feel of matte laminate to gloss and I'm not sure you can find matte in 3 mil. Given how many cards there are in the game, I don't think any irregularities in the lamination/cutting are going to present a realistic card-marking problem.

But it would be quite expensive and extremely time-consuming to do it yourself and probably horrifically expensive to have it done professionally in a shop. Good quality 3 mil pouches run about 60 cents a piece. If you're very, very careful you might be able to fit 8 cards in a letter-size pouch, but that's going to make for very tight cutting. That means you'll need 60-odd pouches to laminate all 500 cards. So you're looking at about $40 worth of pouches assuming you already have access to a laminator to run them. It's going to take hours just to load and run the pouches and then you're going to be spending many hours - double-digits, I'd think - cutting all 500 of them out. Even if you're flipping burgers at the local McDonald's you could buy yourself several copies of the game for that kind of time investment.

I like keeping my games in tip-top shape as well, but with the number of cards in Dominion and the amount of shuffling required, I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I'm best off just playing with naked cards and buying another copy if it actually gets enough plays to wear out.
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tppytel wrote:

I like keeping my games in tip-top shape as well, but with the number of cards in Dominion and the amount of shuffling required, I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I'm best off just playing with naked cards and buying another copy if it actually gets enough plays to wear out.

I'm thinking this as well.

Mine has only 8 plays on it with 7 being with the starter cards. Those cards and the vp/money cards are starting to show some wear. This game has gotten more plays in a week than most of the games I own so if I wear it out at 50 plays it is still a better investment than most of my games. I'm wondering if a automated card shuffler would be a worthwhile investment instead of sleeves.

I'm not saying its only going to last 50 plays, just saying if it did I would be happy to buy it again.

Edit: Is there anything between this http://www.amazon.com/Casino-Grade-Automatic-Shuffler-refurb... and the junk $10 ones?
 
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