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durgy
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I'm not talking about running a Kickstarter or similar campaign for a deck design that would appeal to the masses. I'm talking about something custom for yourself (Perhaps your logo, name, website) that is made for only you. Unfortunately it seems like the lowest quantity you can print is from USPS is 1000 decks costing something like $4000 - $6000. Curious if anyone has done this, what the process was like, would you do it again, was it worth it??

I think I'd be slightly more interested if the minimum qty was 500. Hoping someone has at least a story to share.

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The minimum quantity used to be 5,000 decks, so the investment at USPCC is a lot more palatable now.

Expert Playing Card Co and CartaMunid offer sub-1k print runs.
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I was looking into doing something similar a while back. If you just wanted one deck, you could go here: https://www.zazzle.com/create_your_own_b......89110519
These are USPCC printed cards, but only the back of the card is custom. makeplayingcards.com provides pretty good quality too. I bought cards from a kickstarter campaign that were printed by them and I was pleased with the quality. No minimum order too which is pretty nice.
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The quality of MakePlayingCards are MUCH better than Zazzle. The Zazzle decks have USPCC licensing so that you can use the branding, but they are not printed at USPCC, they are digitally printed. MPC are less expensive and much better quality than Zazzle.
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Bacon_4/Mercury52, does MPC offer something that handles close to what USPCC offers (that allows buying in low quantities), in your experience?

Years ago I did a test run (instead of MPC I used Printer Studio, which at the time seemed to offer the same options MPC had back then, and I thought they probably used the same printer) but the cards didn't fan/spread well. It seems that MPC had added several new options. Which ones have you had luck with?

I just checked my old Printer Studio order (it was from 2013), and it used their "Premium 310gsm (Linen)". MPC also offers a linen 310 gsm option.

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MPC has continually improved their quality over the past few years. I often order prototype decks on the linen 310 gsm. That is the most similar in weight and texture to Bikes. The coating is a little bit more "plasticky" and the colors tend to print a touch on the darker side from what you might expect in your file. However, for being able to print a single deck, the quality is pretty decent. You can certainly perform with them and accomplish pretty good fans, spreads, etc. I've used MPC since about 2013/2014 and the quality seems to get a bit better every time I print something. I've never used the 270 promo stock or their smooth stock.

They've also increased their options. A custom tuck used to require a 100 deck minimum, now you can do it with just a single deck.

Digital printing like this will never match the quality of the huge printers that are used by USPCC and other card makers, but to be able to get a totally customized workable deck for about 20 bucks is pretty good.
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Thanks!

Sounds like I need to give them a try.
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Mercury52, When you say linen310 GSM, are you referring to Linen 310 GSM Casino Quality (french)?

For reference, here is the price sheet I'm looking at:
http://www.makeplayingcards.com/low-price-for-bulk.aspx under Poker size playing cards.

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Yes, correct. That is the only 310gsm option available at single quantities. They have a German stock, but it is only available on runs of 1k or more, at which point you may as well print with USPCC.
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