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SeaDawg
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I am sure I am not the only street worker who has trashed a few card boxes. After a few days they look worn and after another week I take em out of my act. Any suggestions for durable alternatives that don't look like you are pulling out a gaff?

Thanks in advance...

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http://www.theambitiouscard.com/aitem.cfm?itemid=44

These are nice.....

Plus Frank the owner of theambitouscard.com is great to deal with
his work is top notch...

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I have two alternatives.
I have a Joshua Jay Pro carrier, which is a blessing for holding coins, packet tricks, force cards, and a deck. It will protect the deck rom a lot of the elements. But I just use that for an organizer. If you want something that will keep your deck nice and crisp, I have a Porper card Clip.
I personally don't recommend the cheap, "Card Guard" because it is just a knock off of the original, and it will actually RUIN the box.
As for a box that will not tear, and get ugly, I personally don't have a problem with that. It may just be the way you are storing it. I keep mine in my suitcase, but if you carry them to your venue in your pockets, then they will get wrecked. So, if you carry them in your pockets, I suggest a porper card clip. If you are not, and the boxes are still getting into a mess, then I don't know what to do.
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A metal card box would work. Just get rid of the paper boxes.
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If you really, really have a problem with your card cases wearing out prematurely, try reinforcing them with transparent plastic.
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Bill,
I did that with a couple and they seem to be holding up much better.

The street, ditch bag etc,, are tough on boxes
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I used to do Jumbo Sidekick II on stage at TRF. I could anticipate that there would be a lot of damage to the card case when the table top collapsed, and the cased cards fell on the stage. I did two things to protect the case. I used one case for 4 seasons and did not have to replace it. Here's how I did it.

First, I got a prayer rug with a fairly thick pile to put the table on. This wasn't enough, though. I took a piece of 1/2" foam padding and glued that to the bottom of this piece of carpet, and then covered the bottom with muslin, so it didn't look kludged together.

Then I took 3/4 inch white cotton twill tape and reinforced all the edges of the case with it. It fit right in with the design. At stage distances the card case looked normal. I glued the tape to the case with Sobo.
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Years ago a guy made a leather "western looking" card case for me with a snap. It is heavy leather and has nice embossing on it. You might find a leather worker and have a case made that fits your style.
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SeaDawg
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That may work also Pete, I could add the Pirate themed ones to my belt...
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I came across a western-styled card case that also came with a deck of cards with fake bullet holes shot through them. The case is nice and can be attached to your belt, holster-style. This item was in a gift shop and wasn't too expensive. Haven't used the cards yet; still thinking about what type of effect to do with those.
Wayne Dobson had an effect called 'Teach a Card Trick' that came with a nice wooden card box that would fit nicely into a pocket, especially if you're wearing cargo pants. Not only do they protect your cards and the box the cards came in, but it's a pretty nifty trick as well.
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Be very careful with leather cases that are made by people who don't understand how dyes will affect cards. If your case gets wet, some dyes will leach into the cards. Bummer dude!
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Scotch taping the case up will work as a laminate in a pinch and if you really just want something that's not paper you can go into a comicbook shop or a collectors shop and get some cases meant for carrying trading cards, they're inexpensive, waterproof and depending on the brand they can withstand a lot of damage. A case big enough to carry a deck should cost you less than 2 bucks. Alos, Bicycle sells clear, transparent playing cards and the case is plastic, you can also go with that option.
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For what I needed the Transparent book covers for textbooks provided a very cost effective solution that has the look I want. I want the4m to look like regular decks, but after a few trips from servant to ditchbag and back again, they can wind up looking dog earred.. and just becuase I am performing in the street doesn't mean I have to look like I am living there....
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I take the box apart and laminate it and glue it back together.
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On 2006-10-24 11:39, SeaDawg wrote:
For what I needed the Transparent book covers for textbooks provided a very cost effective solution that has the look I want. I want the4m to look like regular decks, but after a few trips from servant to ditchbag and back again, they can wind up looking dog earred.. and just becuase I am performing in the street doesn't mean I have to look like I am living there....



That sounds excellent, I have tons of this lying around. I take it the spectator could care less about the box.

Does anyone know what purpoase the metal card box is really for????
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I was doing "jumbo McCombical Deck" a lot, and more than needing the box, I also needed to not mess up the roughing - had the wife make a tailored cloth pouch for the deck, with a flap over the top and velcro closure - worked like a charm.
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Cover the box in duct-tape. This incredibly durable. (My tarot deck is still in the original, taped-up box.)
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