Card Count

If you’re trying to print a cost effective game then card count should be your biggest concern. Offset printing uses large parent sheets, as seen below. The more parent sheets you need for your project the higher your cost. A parent sheet can only hold a certain amount of cards, based on your card style/dimensions and the size of the parent sheet determined by your card stock.

Cut down on cost by creating a game that only requires the number of cards that can fit on one parent sheet. Of course, you shouldn’t lower your card count if it sacrifices playability. Below you’ll find the list of magic numbers to help you choose the optimal card count for your game.

Common and Uncommon Card Backs

In some cases your card backs can increase price significantly, although this is an uncommon method, games that require each card back to have a different image affect price. Cards that have different backs are called unique or uncommon backs. Cards that use the same back image, like traditional poker cards, are referred to as common backs.

This doesn’t affect price until your card count starts to rise over 110 cards. For example, a sheet of 55 poker cards that have common and unique backs will need 2 printing plates (the front and back). A 110-card count job with unique backs need 4 sets of plates (2 for the front and 2 for the back) while common backs will only need 3 plates (2 for the front and 1 for the back). Every time you add more cards to your unique back deck you need another parent sheet and another plate.

Optimal card count per parent sheet based on your card dimensions and stock choice:

280 gsm Blue Core

  • Poker fits 54 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 29 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 65 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 95 cards/sheet

300 and 350 gsm Coreless

  • Poker fits 65 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 39 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 87 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 127 cards/sheet

310 and 330 gsm Black Core

  • Poker fits 55 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 34 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 71 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 107 cards/sheet

300 gsm Foil Stock

  • Poker fits 65 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 39 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 87 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 127 cards/sheet

Plastic PVC

  • Poker fits 65 cards/sheet
  • Tarot fits 39 cards/sheet
  • Square fits 87 cards/sheet
  • Mini fits 127 cards/sheet
Parent Sheet of Poker Cards