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Playing Card Stock

Blue Core Card Stock and Black Core Card Stock Card stock is measured in GSM (grams per square meter). This is the universal measure for playing card paper weight. The higher the number (300gsm, 330gsm, 350gsm) the thicker the stock and thus the more likely the card is percived as high-quality.

Card Cores

Card stock is also categorized by its core: blue, black or coreless. You can tell what core cards use by ripping them in half as seen in the photo to the right. This shows blue core on top and black core on the bottom. The core prevents the card from being transparent when held up to a bright light.

Blue core is the standard and is used in most of the games found at your favorite game shop.

Black core is the highest quality and is typically more expensive. This is favored by casinos because the dark core doesn’t allow players to see through the cards.

Specialty Card Stock

Foil stock is a specialty paper stock made of silver or gold foil. You can print CMYK on top of the foil creating a foil stamping aesthetic.

Black Core Linen Foil Stamp

Our current card stock options:

  • 280gsm Blue Core
  • 310gsm Black Core -linen
  • 330gsm Black Core Plus
  • 300gsm Coreless
  • 350gsm Coreless Plus
  • 300gsm Foil Stock
  • White PVC